Nestled between the bustling city of Athens and the historical city of Madison, Watkinsville should not be missed on your next road trip through the beautiful state of Georgia!
Watkinsville, GA is a unique city that only modernized in the late 1990’s. Until that time it remained primarily an agricultural town with basic infrastructure and a farming community. Today, the town’s center retains the beautiful historical buildings that highlights a friendly down-home community.
Today, visitors flock from all over the state, and county, to not only appreciate the historical significance of this small town but also to revel in the beautiful state parks, gardens, and forests that are abundant in the area. Book an RV in Oconee County today and enjoy that slice of America that you have been searching for!
The Great Outdoors
Watkinsville is unique in two things; not only does it have many pristine parks and lakes nearby that make great destinations to enjoy as a family, but it is also within driving distance to some of Georgia’s bigger and nationally known State Parks. These exciting features make it the ideal place to explore in your RV rental.
Close to the city, you will find many parks and woods perfect to spend a leisurely day exploring. If you are staying in the city, take a walk down to Watkinsville Woods. This downtown park offers walking trails, an abundance of native trees, a historical spring and rocky outcrops to explore on foot.
Nearby Harris Shoals Park offers visitors a similar setting on a much larger scale. This is the perfect place to explore if you are not opposed to jumping on a horse and go out on an adventure.
After a day exploring the local sites, head north to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a mere ten-minute drive from town. Part of University of Georgia, this park aims to conserve, protect and celebrate the best in southern horticulture, natural heritage and culture. The staff here are friendly and informative, and the gardens on display offer a different show depending on the time of year you visit!
Driving south from Watkinsville, in the direction of Greensboro, you will stumble across the prominent Oconee National Forest. A state treasure, this park provides an abundance of walking trails, water activities and horseback riding opportunities. The park is also particularly good for those who enjoy a touch of wildlife spotting. Home to the waterfowl conservation program, you can expect to see a variety of bird life here including waterfowl and wading birds, so don't forget your binoculars!
When you rent a travel trailer in Watkinsville, you will need to find somewhere to park it for the night. Some of the best camping options are dotted around Oconee County.
If you are planning to spend a day or two exploring Oconee National Forest, why not give yourself a little extra time and set up camp in the Oconee River Campground and Picnic Area. Although basic in its amenities, if you bag yourself one of the five spots at this site, you are guaranteed a bit of peace and tranquility. Each site provides a fire pit and small grill, everything you need if you wish to get back to grips with nature!
If you are after something a little more luxurious, spend a few nights at Pine Lake RV Campground. This well-maintained, modern campground, although a little expensive, has everything you could need for a comfortable stay in your luxury motorhome rental from Watkinsville. There is a two-day minimum stay-but this shouldn’t be a problem, as you will fall in love with the place as soon as you arrive!
Should you find that you need a quick place to stay overnight, Madison offers a Walmart and overnight camping may be allowed there. Just be sure to get manager permission before setting up.
Exploring the City
Watkinsville is a city that is proud of its heritage and achievements and revels in celebrating, as well as, sharing its rich history and culture with visitors. As a result, there has been a boom of new museums and galleries popping up in recent years to educate visitors on the area.
Start your cultural journey at Oconee County Welcome Centre. The friendly staff here are all volunteers and are happy to help you plan how to spend your break in the area. Providing welcome packs, information on group tours, day trip ideas and even personalized itineraries, this ten-minute detour will enhance your trip significantly!
The OCAF, or Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, could be next on your list to visit. This community-led project was established to inspire creativity, learning and personal growth through visual arts and community events. They have an interesting program of events lined up over the next few years including a beekeeping workshop and screen-printing workshop, so keep a lookout!
Finally, take a visit to the institutional Eagle Tavern Museum. Believed to be housed in one of the earliest surviving structures in Watkinsville, the Eagle Tavern was originally a trading post for travelers from all over the south looking for lodging, food and a bit of company. Today, the museum is open for visitors to learn about its rich history and haunted tales.
If it’s a taste of Georgian culture and scenery that you need, consider a camper rental in Watkinsville. Enjoy learning about the rich history, watch a sunrise, and take in the picturesque landscapes. Rent an RV in Watkinsville, GA and go explore the Empire State of the South!