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What’s your pleasure? Thomson-McDuffie has it all: boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, golfing, geocaching—even gem panning and cattle drives! And with some two dozen festivals and events crowding the annual calendar, you can be sure there is always something fun going on in Thomson.


Fun Things To Do in McDuffie County!

Spend the day on a thrift store “picking” spree 
From chic to shabby, you can find just about anything at one of our many vintage shops. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy southern hospitality while antiquing in the heart of Downtown Thomson.

Feast on our Southern cuisine
There are a wide variety of eateries in McDuffie County; southern buffets, barbecue joints, sports pub, drive-ins and uptown grilles!

Search for the oldest graves in the Wrightsboro Cemetery
Several veterans of the Revolutionary War and some who died at Gettysburg, Shiloh and Fredericksburg in the War Between the States are buried in this historic churchyard cemetery.

Hiking the easy yet surprising beautiful boardwalk Beaver Trail at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area
A variety of trails await the avid nature lover. Paths such as Blackwater Swamp Trail, Beaver Pond Trail and Longleaf Pine Trail offer a variety of geographic characteristics for their followers to enjoy. Spectators frequently see wildlife such as whitetail deer, fox squirrels and Canada geese.

Discovering new places and learning a bit of local history while geocaching
Grab your GPS and go on a treasure hunt! There are now over 60 caches hidden in and around McDuffie County, some at historical sites.

Camping on Clarks Hill Lake
Covering more than 70,000 acres of water, Clarks Hill Lake is the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River and one of the largest inland bodies of water in the South.

Fishing one of the ponds at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area
McDuffie PFA ponds are managed for bass, bream and catfish angling, some ponds are supplementally stocked in the fall with harvestable size channel catfish.

Wagon rides across the countryside during the Belle Meade Hunt
Ride along on a Tally-ho wagon through historic sites and beautiful rolling countryside of McDuffie County, following scarlet-coated hunters and well-trained hounds on a simulated fox hunt. This is truly an unforgettable McDuffie County tradition!

Pick up some spicy, cheese straws from Chinaberry Foods
Taste a Southern tradition: spicy, cheddar-rich cheese straws, freshly baked wafers that simply melt in your mouth, are a must at any Southern gathering.

Take an Audio Tour of the area
Self guided audio tour will take you through sites of historical note in McDuffie County with particular emphasis on the stories of African-Americans who lived and worked here, making McDuffie County the fascinating place it is today.


Thomson is a great hub from which to explore the East Central Georgia region. Our area is a convenient 20 to 45 minute drive to several picturesque small towns, vast lakes, scenic rivers and historic state parks. Here are suggestions for a Classic South adventure!

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Enjoy history, recreation, & wildlife-viewing along this 160- year-old National Landmark waterway. Augusta Canal boat tours depart from the Interpretive Center located in picturesque 19th Century Enterprise Mill. Outdoor activities include hiking and biking trails, fishing and paddling.

Laurel & Hardy Museum & Festival
See memorabilia of the comedy duo at this museum in the small town of Harlem Ga., where Oliver Hardy was born. On the first Saturday in October, Harlem balloons to more than 20 times its size when 40,000 people arrive for the annual Oliver Hardy Festival, which has become one Georgia’s best known events.

Beautiful Downtown Washington
Even shopping and dining in Washington seems to be from another era – you’ll find timeless treasures, shopping with a personal touch, and all at a nice small town pace. Amble around the town square – tree shaded, brick-paved, walker friendly – and you’ll find gift stores, antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops, and unique dining experiences.

Georgia’s Lake Country
A truly unique area rich in offerings for both residents and guests. With award-winning golf courses, pristine lakes, historic towns, southern art and entertainment, fabulous shopping, antiques and world renown accommodations.

For more information on these areas, please visit www.classicsouth.org or www.exploregeorgia.org

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