Instagram Worthy Places in Henry County, GA That Are Crazy Fun!

Instagram-Worthy Places in Henry County

The dead man outline from Season Six of The Walking Dead.

Named for American patriot, Patrick Henry, Henry County might just be the most fun place you’ve never heard of. The number of Instagram worthy places in Henry County will surprise you!

Just outside of the Atlanta metropolis and about an hour south of Gwinnett County, Henry County was once a virgin wilderness. Prior to 1821, the Creek Nation were the primary residents of the area and remnants of their culture remain in the arrowheads and broken pottery throughout the county.

“High Octane” Henry County is home to so many unforgettable attractions – here are the top ten Instagram-worthy places in Henry County:

1 Panola Mountain State Park

There are no shortages of photo ops at Panola Mountain State Park, from adrenaline-pumping to relaxing.

The 1,635-acre pristine park is designated as a National Natural Landmark and offers two fishing lakes and beautiful wooded hiking trails. Outcrop Trail is a 0.75-mile path that leads to a granite outcrop overlooking stunning views of Panola Mountain on the horizon; Watershed Trail is 1.25-miles running along the edge of a small creek; 31-mile, paved PATH Foundation trail connects Arabia Mountain to Panola Mountain and is perfect for hiking, biking, rollerblading, jogging, and walking.

The park has a nature center, gift shop, picnic shelters, and playground. Guests can also participate in archery, birding, and geocaching.

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But arguably the most spectacular attraction at Panola Mountain State Park is ZZZZ’s in the Trees, a program where guests can don a harness and helmet, channel their inner ten-year-old, and climb the tall trees. It’s not as easy as you might think and requires a good bit of strength and balance.

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There’s an optional experience to spend the night, suspended 40-feet off the ground in a hammock. Don’t worry, the harness will keep you from plummeting to the ground should you roll off the hammock from a nightmare!

Location: Stockbridge, GA

2 Southern Belle Farm

Southern Belle Farm GA

A three-generation family-owned and operated 330-acre agritourism farm, there are a plethora of fun things to do during all seasons at Southern Belle Farm.

Family-friendly activities include picking strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches, or getting lost in the flower field. Kids can experience up-close encounters with horses, cows, goats, chicks, and ducks.

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Fall is particularly photogenic with the pumpkin patch and 4-acre cornfield maze. Kiddies will enjoy riding a hayride to shooting our corn cannons. Don’t forget to take a photo with the old trick and hay bales made up to look like giant pumpkins!

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Year-round guests can enjoy the giant slide, milking the fiberglass cow, pig races,  jumping pillows, pedal carts, and shopping for delicious homemade goodies in the on-site country market.

Location: McDonough, GA

3 Huey Helicopter Ride

Army Aviation Heritage Foundation

Attention all adrenaline junkies! This was my favorite thing to do in Henry County!  The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and Flying Museum is a nonprofit public educational foundation. Located next to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the foundation offers paid rides in either a vintage Vietnam era Bell UH-1H Huey or Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter as well as offers free hangar tours – all via retired U.S. military veterans from several eras, including Vietnam, Gulf War, and Afghanistan.

I was fortunate enough to snag the prized gunner seat. Located on the side of the aircraft, the seat is 100% open! Snuggly strapped into my harness, I got to experience what it must have been like to be in this position during the Vietnam War. While it was an exhilarating experience, it was also sobering as I reflected on how many lives were lost during that conflict.

Location: Stockbridge, GA

4 Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta motor speedway

In the Victory Circle!

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s track, constructed in1959 and reconfigured in 1997, offers plenty of photo ops for racing enthusiasts. Sitting on 850 acres, the Speedway hosts the yearly Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The site holds some pretty significant remembrances:

  • Richard Petty – final race was at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1992
  • Jeff Gordon – first race was at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1992
  • Dale Earnhardt – winningest driver (9 wins) at Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Bill Elliott – 6 career wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Visitors can take three laps around the track in the Speedway van and at certain times of the year, there’s an opportunity to suit up and have a thrilling zoom around the track at 160+ miles per hour in the passenger seat of a NASCAR car. You can also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Petty Garden and the garages. The Speedway also hosts the Georgia State Fair.

Location: Hampton, GA

5 Walkin’ Dead Tour

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If you’re a fan of the wildly popular American post-apocalyptic horror AMC television series, then you won’t want to miss this authentic photo op on a tour that is operated out of the Speakeasy Bookstore.

The series features survivors of a zombie apocalypse trying to stay alive despite the unending barrage of attacks from the maniacal “walkers.”

Every major scene for season six was filmed in this tiny historic town, including the controversial dumpster scene involving series favorite, Glenn Rhee.

The pièce de résistance is that you can lie down (warning: bring something to put underneath you – it’s dirty and greasy!) and take a selfie on the famous chalk-outlined “dead” spot marked in the alley where the dumpster once stood.

During each of the 14 stops along on the hour-long tour, you’ll get to hear exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories from your tour guide, who was there during the filming and shown pictures that show the incredible transformation of the quiet town into an apocalyptic filming set.

Location: Hampton, GA

6 Southern Fusion

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Get your photo with one of the famous Southern Fusion colossal cinnamon rolls as big as your head…then try to eat the whole delicious thing. I dare you!

Owned and operated by endearing Chef Paul Lewis, a retired grenades instructor from the U.S. Army, the charming restaurant offers southern cooking with a unique twist.

Other favorites include sweet and savory peach biscuits, tasty chicken and waffles, and mouth-watering frittatas.

Location: Locust Grove, GA

7 Jailhouse Brewing

Jailhouse Brewing

Are you a beer enthusiast? I must confess, I am not, but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying my time at Jailhouse Brewing! Located in a building that was formerly the city jail, the courtyard has stages set up to entertain patrons while they enjoy a cold brew. Check out the mug shot backdrop and get your picture taken “behind bars.”

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JailHouse microbrewery offers small-batch handcrafted beers, tastings, tours for a glimpse into the brewing process, and live music in the upstairs taproom on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Location: Hampton, GA

8 Fear the Woods

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Located in the family-friendly Yule Forest, the premises are transformed into a truly terrifying and authentic horror show in the autumn. The “Fear the Woods” haunt is put on by professionals and offers three bone-chilling experiences. (1) the Haunted House is where psychological fears are used to terrify guests; (2) the Terror Transport and Trail is where survival skills are tested; (3) Pandemic is an 80,000 square foot interactive laser combat zone.

Too frightening? No worries. There’s also a more gentle pumpkin patch, trailer ride through the farm’s cartoon forest, and a farm animal petting area.

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, Yule Forest offers cut-your-own Christmas trees and decorations.

Location: Stockbridge, GA

9 Noah’s Ark

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Let me be perfectly clear: I’m vehemently opposed to zoos and generally animals in confinement. But Noah’s Ark is no zoo. A 250-acre home to more than 1,500 abused, neglected and surrendered animals, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit educational sanctuary. Guests can enjoy a free self-guided tour or a paid behind-the-scenes guided tour.

The sanctuary was also the home base of the famous BLT Trio (a bear, a lion, and a tiger) trio, who lived together since they were cubs – such a touching story! Although Leo the lion passed away in 2016, Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear are still there.

Location: Locust Grove, GA

10 Tierra Mia

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After your Walkin’ Dead Tour, tickle your taste buds at the delicious Tierra Mia Mexican restaurant. Try one of their famous margaritas and take a picture with their colorful sign.

Location: Hampton, GA

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Disclosure:  The author was honored to be the guest of Visit Henry County during her stay, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences are her own.

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal. She has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe.

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