6 Unexpected Adventures for a Thrill in Newton County


Covington/Newton County, GA is well-known for its daily sight-seeing, film tourism, and historic home tours. But for those thrill-seekers who need more adventure, our community has a few hidden gems that most tourists don’t know about! Newton County is perfect for all adventurers, and truly has something fun to offer for everyone.

Our vast rural landscapes and bustling historic downtown area make Newton County a great place to experience history, hauntings, Hollywood, and happiness. These are the four “H’s” that encompass what life is like in our little Georgian town. The next time you plan to visit Covington/Newton County, take a thrill-ride with one of these 5 unexpected adventures in our area:

The Fly Trap

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Our friends at The Fly Trap offer more than your typical gymnastics facility. Defy gravity and take the leap by trying their Ultimate Trapeze classes and instruction. No aerobics experience is needed, and they can give you expert training, no matter your age! Bring the little ones to learn how to spread their wings, try your hand at the Ultimate Trapeze, or try the real deal with their High Flying Trapeze instruction, which includes a real fly bar and a live catcher.

And this isn’t all they do at The Fly Trap in Covington! You can also attend Aerial Silks classes to learn Cirque Du Soliel-esque hanging yoga as a fun, new skill. Not to mention, it’s a great and unconventional way to improve your flexibility and get in great shape!

Into the Blue: Scuba Lessons & Dive Trips

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Make a splash when you visit Newton County and visit Into the Blue Scuba, located just off the historic square downtown. At this convenient facility, you can learn by taking a number of courses such as scuba, PADI dive courses, open water courses, rescue diving, and more. Your youngster can even take part in their Seal Team, in which participants must complete a specific set of fun and educational AquaMissions.

Into the Blue also offers off-site diving experiences and special Dive Trips like diving with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, or an underwater experience at Blue Grotto, the largest clear water cavern in Florida.  

Shots Fired: Indoor Gun Range

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Blow off some steam and enjoy a little target practice at Shots Fired in Porterdale, GA. The indoor range has 10 state-of-the-art heated and cooled lanes, and utilize the best digital retracting system available. Their lanes are both rifle and pistol rated and can accept up to a 300 Win Mag. The range also sells a variety of various firearms and ammo, and has a very convenient “try before you buy” policy.

Dabney Riding Academy: Horseback Riding

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Saddle up! If you are a horse-lover, or would like to learn how to ride like a true equestrian, this is the perfect activity for you. Dabney Riding Academy is located in nearby rural Mansfield, GA with a stunning facility that is home to a variety of gorgeous horses. The academy offers horseback riding lessons as well as stunt riding lessons using fifth-generation techniques. This very facility even trains stunt riders for many of our local Hollywood productions, so when it comes to stunts, they know their stuff! Dabney Riding Academy also offers a vast network of scenic trails where you can take in the beautiful Georgia landscape while riding horseback.

Yellow River Disc Golf Course

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Tee off for the day at the Yellow River Disc Golf Course, in historic Porterdale, GA. This 18-hole course offers almost 4,000 feet of playing space, and is rated B+ according to Disc Golf Scene. Disc Golf is a somewhat new sport phenomenon, gaining more popularity each year! If you haven’t tested your skill with a round of disc golf, the Yellow River DGC is the perfect place to start.

Roth Wild Adventures: Kayaking & Paddleboarding

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Also available in Porterdale, GA on the Yellow River, Roth Wild Adventures is the brand new outfitter for local watersports and aquatic fun! The expert team at Roth Wild offers clinics on kayaking, river rafting, and paddleboarding. The outfitter occasionally holds community events, like the evening Glow Paddle excursion they hosted last week. They can also rent gear and equipment, if needed. So grab a paddle and come get mellow on the Yellow River.

So, what are you waiting for? Summer is here, and these unexpected adventures are tucked away in Newton County, just waiting for a curious thrill-seeker. Book your stay at one of our many great area hotels and contact us if you need help coming up with the perfect trip itinerary. Your adventure starts here.

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