The 18-mile Carrollton Greenbelt is a share-use path that connects neighborhoods with other areas of the city of Carrollton including schools, city parks, shopping areas and the University of West Georgia.Free and open to the public.
Clinton Nature Preserve
Clinton Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park consisting of nature trails, a dog park, campouts, pavilions, and pre-Civil War residence, The Carnes House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a lot to do and see at Clinton Nature Preserve.Call for hours and fees.
Douglas County Museum of History and Art-Old Douglas County Courthouse
The Douglas County Museum of History and Art host rotating exhibits, private collections and local heroes and legends. The Old Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of unique nature of its architecture, an international style building. The museum has 12 exhibit rooms, the large courtroom, conference room, Gift Shop and the Visitor Information Center.
Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Historic Banning Mills
Historic Banning Mills holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest freestanding artificial climbing wall at 137.42 ft. and Screaming Eagle, the longest zipline canopy tour. The fun doesn’t stop there. Enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, nature shows and much, much more.Call for hours and pricing.
Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railroad
The lure of gold attracted Americans to this area in the very earliest days of industrial gold mining. We are Georgia’s only gold museum that is located on an actual gold mine with gold and gem panning on-site. In fact, gold is regularly found on Pine Mountain to this day! Our beautiful 4,800 square-foot museum houses many exhibits of artifacts used to mine gold right here on Pine Mountain or in the hills surrounding Villa Rica. In addition to gold mining artifacts the museum contains regional artifacts. Some of these regional artifacts date back as far as 12,000 BC. The typical museum tour begins with an 18-minute documentary detailing the history of gold and the Villa Rica mines.
Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad: The train route circles the base of Pine Mountain and gives excellent views of the ruins of the mining station, Ornamental KOI pond, and Live Animal Exhibit. Live Animal Exhibit: This display allows you to see animals that would have traveled with the earliest gold miners in the Villa Rica area.
Six Flags over Georgia
Ready for the ride of your life, the fun awaits you at Six Flags over Georgia. Take a wild ride on Batman: The Ride with a 10 Story drop, 50 mph speeds and 360 Degree loops or hop on Acrophobia and experience the 200 Ft. drop. Spend an entire day of fun and excitement at Six Flags.Call for park hours and fees.
Southern Quilt and Textile Museum
The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum is dedicated to preserving art of quilting and textiles. Quilting was a way of life in the southeastern United States. The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum collects and exhibits the art and heritage of quilting. The museum is located in a renovated historic cotton warehouse in downtown Carrollton.
Open Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Villa Rica is 2,549-acres Sweetwater Creek State Park. Located in Lithia Springs, Georgia, this beautiful park is a must see for the nature enthusiast. Hike the trails along the stream to the New Manchester Manufacturing Company ruins. The former textile mill was burned during the Civil War. The George Sparks Reservoir is a great place for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing. Be sure to stop in the Visitors Center and pick up trail maps, and to view exhibits of the area’s history.
- Park hours: 7 a.m. – Dark
- Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Bait Shop: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. , Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays