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In or near the forks formed by the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, history abounds. In 1675 the Spanish Bishop of Cuba established a mission called Sabacola. More than 125 years later the United States erected Fort Scott which was situated only a few miles from the early Spanish mission site. Today these and other historic sites lie under the tranquil beauty of Lake Seminole in the Scenic Forks tour. As in the past, the adventuresome outdoorsman will find many exciting recreational opportunities in and along the shoreline of this man-made lake. In addition, history buffs will be captivated by the numerous historic attractions and unique architectural styles which may still be seen in this area.

The below attractions may be seen during a two-day driving tour with Bainbridge or Donalsonville, Georgia, serving as the lodging and restaurant base for the tour.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Scenic Forks Tour

Day 1

1.  Lake Seminole

This 37,500-acre "fishing hole" is one of the area’s leading bass fishing hot spots and recreational areas.



2.  Seminole State Park

Located 16 miles south of Donalsonville, Georgia off GA 39, this park features cottages, campsites, beach, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing lake and pier, marina, boardwalk, miniature golf and pioneer camping area. Of special interest is the Gopher Tortoise Nature Trail, a 2.2-mile path which meanders through the habitat of Georgia’s only native tortoise.

Location/Contact:
GA HWY 39
Donalsonville, GA
Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.com/
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3.  Earl May Boat Basin

This 500-acre park has a visitor’s center, boat ramps, fishing docks, picnic areas, train museum, freshwater beach with bath house facilities and camping on the riverbank. Located on the Flint River just west of downtown Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.bainbridgega.com/chamber/


4.  Cheney Griffin Park

Includes boat ramps, fishing docks, picnic area, fishing pier, restaurant, playground and four lighted tennis courts. On Flint River, Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.bainbridgega.com/chamber/


5.  Willis Park

A statue of a Confederate soldier and a beautiful gazebo are the focal points of this memorial park. Downtown Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.bainbridgega.com/chamber/
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6.  Decatur County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Romanesque Revival building was completed in 1903 and features a distinctive campanile or bell tower. Historical marker. Corner of West and Water Streets, downtown Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
West Street/Water Street
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.hwy27.com/decatur.html
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7.  Bainbridge Heritage Tour

This entertaining and educational tour is organized by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and spotlights 21 historic and scenic sites. Tour begins at the McKenzie-Reynolds Home which is the headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce. Located just off Basin Road in Earl May Park, Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.bainbridgega.com/chamber/


8.  Wingate’s Lunker Lodge and Bass Island Campground

This outdoorsman’s paradise is located on the eastern shore of Lake Seminole. Knowledgeable fishing guides are available as well as lodging accommodations and restaurants, hunting, boating, swimming, camping and playgrounds. Open daily. 139 Wingate Road, Bainbridge, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
139 Wingate Road
Bainbridge, GA
Website: http://www.bainbridgega.com/chamber/


9.  Seminole County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This beaux-arts structure was constructed in 1921, one year after Georgia’s newest county was formed. Historical marker. Downtown Donalsonville, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Donalsonville, GA


Day 2

10.  Farley Nuclear Visitors Center

Tells the story of energy from prehistoric times to the nuclear age. Open Monday-Friday; admission free. 17 miles northeast of Dothan, Alabama near Columbia on AL 95.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 95
Columbia, AL
Website: http://southerncompany.com/


11.  Purcell-Killingsworth House*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Completed in 1890, this imposing Victorian mansion was the boyhood home of Bishop Clare Purcell. He was elected President of the Council of Bishops, the highest place of recognition ever achieved by a native-born Alabama Methodist minister. Historical marker. Private residence. North Main Street, Columbia, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
North Main Street
Columbia, AL
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12.  Old Columbia Jail

This ca. 1862 wooden jail has walls studded with spikes every two inches. Historical marker. North Street, Columbia, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
North Street
Columbia, AL
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13.  Lake George W. Andrews

This 1,500-acre impoundment is a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise. Seven recreational facilities are located along its 65 miles of shoreline.

Location/Contact:
GA
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/wfg/


14.  Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This is the most southernly located "kissin" bridge in the United States. It was constructed in 1891. 9 miles southwest of Blakely off GA 62 on Old River Road, near Hilton, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Old River Road
Hilton, GA
Website: http://www.blakelyearlychamber.com/
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15.  Early County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Constructed in 1904-1905, the two-and-one-half story building sits in the center of a four-acre square. It features solid granite columns with a traditional dome and clock tower. Historical marker. US 27, GA 39 and 62 in downtown Blakely, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 27/GA HWY 39/GA HWY 62
Blakely, GA
Website: http://www.hwy27.com/early.html
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16.  Confederate Flagpole and Peanut Monument

On the north side of the Early County Courthouse lawn, visitors may see the only Confederate flagstaff still standing. Nearby is the only peanut monument of its kind in the United States. Historical marker.

Location/Contact:
Courthouse Square
Blakely, GA
Website: http://www.hwy27.com/early.html


17.  Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This National Historic Landmark features a temple mound, one of the largest Indian mounds east of the Mississippi River. Facilities include swimming pool, picnic area, boat ramp, fishing lake and pier, miniature golf, pioneer camping and museum. 6 miles north of Blakely, Georgia, off US 27.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 27
Blakely, GA
Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.com/
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Scenic Forks Tour Tour road plan.