Local Area Attractions
Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
The Georgia Veterans Memorial state park is open from 7 am to 10 pm. Two museums are located within the park. The indoor museum houses exhibits which interpret military actions from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. The outdoor museum houses aircraft, armored vehicles and guns from World War I through Vietnam. The park also features an 18-hole golf course, 7,000 acre Lake Blackshear, and a new conference retreat center. Activities include model airplane flying, boating and waterskiing (private boats permitted), and fishing (bass, crappie, catfish and bream). Annual events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Celebration, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Day Ceremony and Artifact Identification Day.
Phone: (229) 276-2371
Highway 280 West, Cordele, GA 31015
Our county is the watermelon capital of the world!
Touching five counties and covering some 8,700 acres, Lake Blackshear is a natural habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. From fishing to boating and water-skiing, the outdoor enthusiast will find entertainment year-round.
The Andersonville Trail
The Andersonville trail offers a sampling of antique shops, museums, historic homes, and local southern fare. The centerpiece of the driving tour is the Andersonville National Historic Site, the location of a Confederate prison where 13,000 Union soldiers died. It is also home to an active National Cemetery for all prisoners of war throughout our nation’s history.
Climb aboard the new southwest Georgia excursion train to discover the real Georgia! Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you will enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South. While the SAM shortline travels past pecan groves and scenic country farms, it stops in four towns filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping. You can step off the train at any of these depots, catching it back on the return trip. Or better yet, spend the night in a charming hotel to resume your excursion the next day.
Andersonville Civil War Prison and National Cemetery
Admission Free, open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Approximately 40 miles West of Cordele.
Three convenient locations offer beautiful country settings and a relaxed atmosphere. Main location is in Ashburn, GA and offers fresh sweet and juicy strawberries covering 2 acres, playground for the kids, picnic area, restrooms, ice cream, lemonade, hanging baskets and bedding plants, and a genuine Farm Market (vegetables, jam, jellies, goodies).