Our Favorite Spring Strolls

Let’s admit it, we’re all getting tired of cold weather and daydreaming of those warmer days in Milly. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite sunny day strolls to get you even more excited for the spring weather that is so soon to come.

Andalusia Farm

Andalusia Farm

Andalusia served as the home of famed American author Flannery O’Connor from 1951-1964. Today, Andalusia Farm serves as a museum whose mission is to care for, collect, interpret, and exhibit items that illustrate the history of the site during the time which Flannery O’Connor lived on the property. After touring the home, visitors can enjoy a lovely walk around the property. There is a 3/4 mile trail that takes visitors throughout the woods and past the pond.

Note: Open Tue-Sat 10:00-4:00 & Sun 2:00-4:00 | 2628 N. Columbia St. Hwy 441, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Lockerly Arboretum

Take a walk through Lockerly Arboretum, an outdoor horticultural laboratory that showcases flora native to the region. Founded in 1965, the Arboretum boasts 50 acres of shrubs, trees, daylily beds, herb beds, a conifer collection, and an extensive camellia collection. Visitors can walk the trails, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the tables near the pond, watch birds and wildlife, and explore the Rose Hill mansion. You can even take your furry friend along with you for a blissful spring stroll.

Note: Open Mon-Fri from 8:30-4:30 & beginning March 1, Sat from 10:00-4:00  | Hwy 441 S. 1534 Irwinton Rd. Milledgeville, GA 31061

Memory Hill Cemetery

Memory Hill Cemetery

When visiting downtown Milledgeville, it’s hard to miss Memory Hill Cemetery. Originally designated as one of the four public squares in the town plan of 1803, Memory Hill now holds many well-known natives such as renowned Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson and celebrated American author Flannery O’Connor. When the weather warms up, everyone from history buffs to morning walkers will thoroughly enjoy wandering through this historic piece of land.

Note: Located at Liberty and Franklin Streets, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Bartram Forest

Bartram Forest

Live like a local and explore this forest through walking trails, bird-watching, educational kiosks, a pavilion and a garden. Bartram Forest allows visitors not only places to relax and take in the scenery, but also shows visitors the natural wildlife and wetlands through three looping hiking trails. The trails are not only perfect for biking, but they are also perfect for a nice run or walk. Grab a friend and bring your dog for a fun day exploring the trails.

Note: Open Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30 | 2780 Irwinton Rd., Milledgeville, GA 31061

Oconee River Greenway

The most relaxing sound to accompany your warm weather stroll is the rushing stream alongside you. The Oconee River Greenway provides this serene setting and so much more. The Oconee River Greenway Park and Riverwalk offer trails, paths and boardwalks to walk, jog, bicycle, relax and enjoy the beauty and sounds of the Oconee River. An added bonus: Four legged friends are always welcome on the trails, and there is even a designated dog park which allows friendships to form and legs to run without a leash.

Note: Open every day from sunrise to sunset | 420 E Green St., Milledgeville, GA 31061

Downtown Milledgeville

Downtown Milly is the perfect springtime stroll for any visitor. Over 10 blocks of historic architecture are filled with coffee shops, clothing boutiques, great food and family residences. Shopping enthusiasts will find antique shops with lots of hidden gems, boutiques that offer trendy styles and a jewelry store celebrating over 125 years in business. Foodies will indulge in a buffalo bird sandwich, an environmentally correct pizza or sip a corona-rita. History buffs will march in Sherman’s footsteps and spend hours absorbed in the historical sites and enlightening museums. Families will stroll the booths at various seasonal events and markets, enjoying fresh, local produce and butterfly face painting.

Author: Avery Mixon

Avery is a senior at Georgia College pursing a degree in Mass Communication. In her free time, you can catch her re-reading her favorite books, sipping lattes at a local coffee shop, or planning her next weekend getaway. Above all, Avery wants to live a life full of purpose and passion and inspire others to do the same.

Instagram: @averymixon

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