Get Outta Town: Atlanta

Away.com and the road-trip gurus at MAD MAPS have teamed up to bring you the beta on the best scenic drives around the country for the fall season. First up: Atlanta. Trade the city for Southern charm on this 178-mile loop, exploring historic and natural attractions to the south of the city.
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION: This countryside loop takes you on a spectacular tour along portions of the Chattahoochee-Flint Heritage Highway. In addition to fresh air and exhilarating roads, this loop guides you past rejuvenating Warm Springs, made famous by Franklin Roosevelt. But even if you don’t get in the water, this ride is sure to refresh.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

Roadhouses
10. Speedi Pig Barbeque, 715 Glynn St. S. (SR-92), Fayetteville, Georgia, tel: (770) 719-2720 "Smokes its 'cue to perfection over hickory wood"
11. Southern Pit, 2964 N. Expwy., Griffin, Georgia, tel: (770) 229-5887 "Fantastic barbecued pork is the specialty here"
12. Hoofers Gospel & Bluegrass Farm, 3472 Hogansville Rd. (US-29), LaGrange, Georgia, tel: (800) 844-6737 "Get fed and mosey on over next door for live music"

Great Outdoors
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 SR-190, Pine Mountain, Georgia, tel: (706) 663-4858 "A natural salve for what ails you"

Roadside Attractions
13. Atlanta Motor Speedway, US-1941, Hampton, Georgia, tel: (770) 946-4211 ~ "Fills the need for speed"
18. Little White House, 401 Little White House Rd., Warm Springs, Georgia, tel: (706) 655-5870 "FDR's house near his healing waters"

SUGGESTED STOP: Visit the healing waters of Warm Springs, GA, along with the charming town and abundance of FDR memorabilia. Take a tour of GA's Atlanta Motor Speedway and enjoy a couple laps around the world-famous track.

DETAILED DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
Total mileage: 178 miles

  1. Start | US-19
US-41 @ Smith St., Jonesboro, GA
  • South | US-19 / US-41 (20.1 miles)
  • Right on ramp | SR-16 / Newnan Rd. (west) (to Senoia) (15.9 miles)
  • Left | SR-74 / SR-85 SR-85 (to Manchester) (31.2 miles)
  • Right | SR-190 / SR-85 (0.3 miles)
  • Right | SR-85 Spur (in downtown Manchester) (0.8 miles)
  • Right | US-27 Alt. / SR-41 (4.3 miles)
  • Left | SR-85 Alt. / White House Pkwy. (in Warm Springs) (6.7 miles)
  • Right | SR-116 (in Shiloh) (8.4 miles)
  • Right | D St. (in Pine Mtn. Valley)(2.3 miles)
  • Right | US-27 / SR-1 (21.5 miles)
  • Left | US-29 / SR-109 (in LaGrange)(0.3 miles)
  • Right | SR-219 / Greenwood St. Mooty Bridge Rd. (17.9 miles)
  • Right | SR-34 SR-100 (5.5 miles)
  • Left | SR-34 (in Franklin) (18.5 miles)
  • Bear Right | US-27 Alt / SR-16 (1.0 miles)
  • Right | College St.(0.2 miles)
  • Left | Wesley St. (in Newnan) (0.2 miles)
  • Left | US-27 Alt / US-29 SR-34 / N. Jefferson St. (in Newnan) (0.3 miles)
  • Straight | SR-54 / Floy Farr Pkwy. (in Peachtree City) (22.0 miles)
  • Left | US-19 / US-41 (in Jonesboro)(0.6 miles)
  • Finish | US-19 / US-41 @ Smith St., Jonesboro, GA

  • Published: 10 Sep 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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