Stockbridge, Georgia, is located in Henry County. It is approximately half an hour from Atlanta, Georgia’s capital.
Stockbridge was established in 1829, but it wasn’t officially made a municipality until 1920.
Stockbridge, which is now one hundred years old, is highly regarded by Atlantans.
It is able to blend the relaxed atmosphere of a small community with the convenience of being close to the major attractions of Atlanta and the greater metropolitan area.
These are the top 15 things to do around Stockbridge, Georgia.
1. Aaron and Margaret Parker Jr. House
This home dates back to 1830, when it was built. It is one of the oldest structures in Rockdale County. It can be found within the protected Panola Mountain State Park area, which is approximately 14km away.
It was built in Plantation Plains style using brick and clapboard wooden plansks.
Aaron Parker and his wife farmed 1,200 ha of land. This authentic farmhouse is a great stop for anyone looking to explore Panola Mountain State Park further.
2. Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain is located on the border of Rockdale and Henry County. It rises 288m above the sea level and only 80m over the surrounding Georgia forest.
The mountain covers 40 hectares and is an isolated granite upthrust that penetrates the Earth’s crust. Panola Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the area. It has remained unchanged since the time the region’s Native Americans lived there.
It is part of the larger Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and has two lakes, picnic spots, and a children’s playground.
Physical activity can be achieved by a ranger-led hike to the summit of the mountain. Other attractions include geocaching and tree-climbing.
3. Martin Luther King Sr Heritage Trail
Stockbridge was home to Martin Luther King Jr., the father of Martin Luther King Jr. A short heritage trail that follows the tracks of old railroads through the city is in his honor.
Floyd Chapel Baptist Church was a place where he went to church regularly. It was a safe place for African-Americans since the late nineteenth century.
King Sr. was ordained after which he also preached his first sermon at Floyd Chapel before moving to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Stockbridge City Hall’s exterior wall features a plaque that commemorates the King family’s legacy.
4. Yule Forest Christmas Tree Farm
Yule Forest is a Christmas Tree Farm that isn’t just for Christmas.
Yule Forest offers more than just a place where you can pick up a tree or drink some cider.
It is worth visiting the farm at other times of the year. The farm can boast one of Georgia’s largest pumpkin patches as an additional attraction.
There’s also a petting farm that teaches children about the realities and benefits of farming, as well as a shop where you can buy jams made locally.
5. Clayton County International Park
Clayton County International Park was established to host the beach volleyball competition as part of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics legacy.
The park offers a variety of activities, including biking trails, softball fields and football pitches. There is also the opportunity to fish.
But, you can’t miss the huge water slides that rise above the other attractions at the water park.
Clayton County International Park can be found in Jonesboro, which is about the same distance as Panola Mountain State Park.
6. Museum of Aviation
The Museum of Aviation is located approximately 1.5 hours from Stockbridge. It forms part of Warner Robins’ large air force base.
It is the second largest US Air Force-operated aerospace museum and it is consistently ranked among the top attractions in Georgia.
The museum covers 21 hectares and houses around 85 aircraft.
It covers the entire history of powered flight and includes a U-2 spy aircraft and a B-29 bomber.
The world’s fastest plane, the Blackbird, also has a speed record of just over 3500 km/h in 1976.
7. Lake Spivey
Lake Spivey, while not the largest lake in Atlanta metropolitan area, is one of the most beautiful. Its calm waters are located near Jonesboro, on the border of Clayton and Henry counties.
The lake covers almost 250 hectares and is a popular escape for residents.
Visitors can also explore the lake on jet ski, waterski, canoe, kayak and with only a swimsuit. Near the dam that created the lake in 1950s, is a permanent water ski slalom track.
Anglers may also want to beat the Georgia record for largest black crappie caught, which weighed almost two kilos.
8. Henry County Film Tours
This self-guided tour visits Stockbridge and other locations in Georgia’s Henry County, which have served as the backdrop to many Hollywood films and TV series.
The quarries located on the opposite side to the Martin Luther King Sr Heritage Trail rail tracks were used for Furious 7 and several Wakanda scenes from Black Panther. They are also in Stockbridge.
The nearby McDonough Presbyterian Church, an old bank building and Memorial Cemetery were all used in series one of Resurrection.
Hampton is another location in Henry Country that has been used for a variety of productions including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Smokey and the Bandit.
9. Newman Wetlands Center
Georgia’s traditional image is one of lush wetlands filled with exotic native animals and alligators.
Although this image is largely outdated, it’s possible to still explore some of the state’s traditional wetlands.
One is Newman Wetlands Center. A 800m elevated boardwalk and crushed stone path, dotted with interpretative signs, help people new to wetlands to understand their importance in the overall ecology of the state. These signs also highlight local wildlife that you need to be aware of.
For a more naturalistic experience, you can also take a detour off the main trail. Stockbridge is only 20 minutes away from the main entrance.
10. Krog Street Tunnel
If you’re heading into Atlanta, make sure to visit the Krog Street Tunnel. It is a must-see for all art lovers.
Although a tunnel under the road might not seem like the best place to view some of the city’s finest artworks, the Krog Street Tunnel is a haven and haven for street artists.
It is believed that graffiti was first sprayed over the tunnel’s concrete walls in the 1960s.
Almost all of the surface is now covered with spray paint. This isn’t static artwork. It’s constantly changing so there’s always something to see.
Stockbridge is approximately 30 minutes from the Krog Street Tunnel, which is located on the outskirts downtown Atlanta.
11. Reynolds Nature Preserve
Reynolds Nature Preserve can be found in Morrow, half the distance from Stockbridge and the Krog Street Tunnel.
It is largely composed of 59 hectares protected forest. There are five kilometres worth of hiking trails, which take in the interpret centre, wildlife ponds and a farm that dates back to the civil war period.
It was purchased by William Reynolds, a self-taught naturalist in 1920s. The wildlife ponds we see today were also created by Reynolds in 1930s.
The preserve has a new butterfly trail, with plants designed to attract these amazing insects. However, it is better known for its birdwatching opportunities.
12. Uptown Comedy Corner
Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Corner is a staple of urban comedy for many years. Everybody has performed, from Chris Rock who hosted the Oscars ceremony at Los Angeles to Steve Harvey.
Also a great place to see the next big thing before the big ticket prices kick in, Uptown Comedy Corner continues to welcome nationally-recognisable comedians.
The audience can be as well-known. Jay Z and Snoop Dog, two of the most famous rappers in the world, have made a night out of it.
Uptown Comedy Corner is located at the eastern edge Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is 24 km north of Stockbridge.
13. Delta Flight Museum
The Delta Flight Museum is located just uptown from Uptown Comedy Corner. It’s a great partner or alternative to Warner Robins’ Museum of Aviation.
The Delta Flight Museum, instead of fighter planes, is dedicated to the distinguished history of Delta Airlines as well as the many airlines it acquired over the course of the 20th century.
Vintage posters from the museum harken back to the golden age travel. The museum’s two hangars date back to the 1940s.
Exhibits include everything from small six-seater aircraft up to the iconic 767, which was the airline’s flagship for many decades.
14. Fairlie-Poplar District
You can’t get a true sense of modern Atlanta without leaving the museums and comedy clubs behind.
Fairlie-Poplar District is a great place to begin, with many buildings built in different architectural styles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Healy building (the last major skyscraper built before the First World War) and the triangular flatiron building are two examples.
There are many cafes and restaurants in the district where you can people-watch. The SkyView Ferris wheel, which offers views of Atlanta and Centennial Olympic Park, can be found to the north.
15. Children’s Museum of Atlanta
It’s not common to find a landmark or attraction that is specifically designed to appeal to children, unless it’s a play center. This is where the Children’s Museum of Atlanta comes in.
The museum is designed for children under nine years old and offers a variety of activities led by professional actors.
Musicals are mixed with permanent and temporary exhibits. Fundamental Farming is a short musical that explains the importance of farms in a fun way.