Looking for something free and educational to do during your stay in Georgia? History buffs, travel enthusiasts, and vacationing families alike will enjoy following the March to the Sea Heritage Trail ®. This trail is a member of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails®, which are the official statewide Civil War Historic Driving Trails of Georgia. This trail system was designated by Georgia’s Governor and General Assembly in 2010.
This trail follows the path that Sherman’s Civil War army took during their historic March to the Sea campaign, during which they captured and disrupted much of Georgia, helping to bring an end to the war.
The trail, just like the army, is split into two sections- a left and a right wing. The left wing goes from Stone Mountain through Conyers, Covington, Social Circle, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Sandersville, Louisville, Waynesboro, Sylvania, Ebenezer Creek and Port Wentworth to Savannah. The right wing section travels from McDonough, Jackson, Hillsboro, Clinton, Griswoldville, Gordon, Irwinton, Bartow, Millen, Oliver, Guyton, Pooler and Richmond Hill to Fort McAllister.
Each of these March to the Sea Heritage Trail sections makes up a 300 mile driving tour, showcasing the beautiful state of Georgia and its picturesque towns as well as following the footsteps of Civil War history. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and there will be numerous events held throughout the state to commemorate and honor this occasion.
Visit http://www.gacivilwar.org/attraction/3069-march-to-the-sea-heritage-trail for more information about the trail, and visit http://www.gacivilwar.org/events for an event schedule.