Discover Outdoors – Top 5 Local Outdoor Day Trips

Nothing screams summer more than basking in the beauty of the outdoors. Nestled in our little corner of the south in Covington, GA, we’ve got several gems that offer up more than their fair share of amenities for those who like to discover outdoors. The parks and recreation areas of Newton County Georgia provide ample opportunities to experience nature, engage in physical activity, and give us a healthy dose of rest & relaxation. Our local parks are more than just scenic backdrops, they tell the stories of how our citizens live life outside of the daily grind.

Lake Varner

Lake Varner has everything from paved and primitive nature trails to wide-open spaces for picnics and kite flying. If you happen to find yourself in these parts on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll catch local fitness boutique, Moxie Fitness, instructing SUP yoga aboard paddle boards with gentle flows for anyone looking to let go of their stresses. If fishing is more your speed, get ready to reel in large mouth and hybrid bass, crappie, and bream as you melt into the serenity of the water and peaceful surroundings. The “first-come, first-serve” covered picnic pavilions fitted with picnic tables and charcoal grills are an inviting area to hold events such as birthday parties and family reunions. Last, but certainly not least, is their large playground sure to please even the most discriminating toddler.

Yellow River Park

For those with an affinity for water sports like kayaking, Yellow River Park in Porterdale, Georgia offers the perfect upriver paddle with access points running along the river if you’re more likely to enjoy a good float. If you’re a guest or citizen in our city and want to try something new, check out Nomadic Flow Outfitters. Located in the River Mill Village, Nomadic Flow is the go-to source for kayak and paddle board rentals that also offer a pickup and drop off service. The riverfront views beckon mid-day or evening fishing and picnics. Bring your frisbees and enjoy a little disc golf action to round out the day.

Denny Dobbs Park

Denny Dobbs Park, named after former Georgia State Representative and lifelong resident of Newton County, also offers an abundance of features such as a rental pavilion with picnic tables that can accommodate up to 175 people easily. Extra efforts were made to ensure all facets of the park were ADA accessible. This is true even of the electronic gaming station, NEOS, an interactive multi-player game involving moving, colored lights. Aside from this unique amenity, there are three playgrounds for children ages 2-12, a ball field, and basketball courts. This particular outdoor area provides outdoor movement for all ages through their LifeTrail feature circling the entrance to the park. LifeTrail is a series of fitness stations that encourage adults to maintain their physical health through moderate exercise.

Academy Springs Park

Right in the heart of Downtown Covington, you’ll find Academy Springs Park. This central location is also the home of the Lions Club Pavilion, mostly known around the community for the Annual Chicken BBQ. Bicycle racks were donated in 2017 to the grounds by the Covington Lions Club to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. The spring that bubbles up near the edge of the playground gives way to a pond with a bridge adding to the tranquil ambiance at Academy Springs. You may even see two of our newest residents:  a white and multicolored duck (we hear their favorite treats are bread and crackers). Be sure to take a stroll through the Satsuski Butterfly Garden, the first butterfly/pollinator garden in the community. You’ll see swarms of Monarch butterflies frolicking among the milkweed while reading about the plants Academy Springs Park provides for our fluttery friends throughout their stages of development.

Newborn Town Park

Even Newton County’s more rural areas have fun in the sun for residents and those visiting the area. Historic Newborn now has its own charming Newborn Town Park housing a play area and benches amongst the trees for shade. You’ll even relive a hint of nostalgia with the addition of a spinning tire swing.

Beaver Park

Beaver Park in Mansfield bears its name from a local company who charitably donated the land it rests upon, Beaver Manufacturing Company. A youth baseball and softball practice field as well a walking track circles this park’s open field, leading to the pavilion and a tennis court. You can often see families in the field participating in a friendly game of football or tag. Both parks carry an air of a simpler time and are very reminiscent of the small town country life we enjoy in Newton County.

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