Welcome to Moultrie! If you've driven though but never really been here, you might just think that Moultrie is a Huddle House & a Walmart that you pass by on HWY 319. But turn down one of our pretty tree-lined roads, and you'll soon discover that Moultrie is a beautiful little gem of the South, filled with fantastic homes, historic places, and acres of untouched wildlife. And we have a LOT going on here in this little town!
- Visit our gorgeous Courthouse & Downtown Moultrie. Our gleaming white Courthouse is without a doubt the most recognizable icon in Moultrie, and beloved by all who grew up here. Built in 1902, it is still in use by the city; but visitors are welcomed to enter the building. The courthouse yard is also a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, with ample park benches, iconic old-growth magnolia trees, a pretty fountain, and a welcoming grass lawn that welcomes visitors year-round. Surrounding the courthouse is our beautiful, bustling downtown. We have local shops and restaurants to pique any interest, including antiques, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, gift shops, pool halls, sweets shops, bakeries, salons, and more. You can shop all day and the eat at one of our great local restaurants at night! Throughout the year, we have fun family events & festivals all around Downtown. Be sure to follow Downtown Moultrie's Facebook page to stay up on the events that are happening each month!
- Walk/Bike/Stroll/Run our beautiful walking trail. It's 7.2 miles of a well-mantained meandering path that runs from our airport to our pretty little downtown. As part of the “Rails to Trails” program, the linear park replaced historic railroad tracks, and provides a scenic route for bikes and walking enthusiasts of all ages. The path takes you past agricultural land, woodlands, beautiful homes, a bridge over a pretty creek, athletic facilities, and lots of shade. Year round, families, athletes, seniors, and couples enjoy the path.
- If you have kids, you will LOVE our new Main Street Park! This family play park has been built along the beautiful, tree-lined South Main Street, which is worth the trip in its own right. Main Street is a drive among beautiful historic homes and architectural gems. The Park has become the hub for young families, many strolling or walking to the park from their neighborhoods. The park features walking paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, a shaded pavilion, restrooms, and ample parking. You will find young families there from sun-up to sun-down every day of the week.
- Explore our word-class Arts Center. Moultrie has a surprisingly vibrant art community, and at the center of it is our Arts Center. The center features visual & performing arts classes, fantastic art gallery spaces, after school programs, exciting events, theatrical & musical productions, and more. The Arts Center is housed in a vintage high school, and it is a beloved, well-supported institution in our community.
- Catch a Packer Football Game. If it's a Friday night in the Fall, it's Packer time! Colquitt County is a town that LOVES our football team, 2014's 6A State Champions! The Pack play at Mack Tharpe Stadium, a nostalgic facility built in 1954, and it is "packed" out for nearly every home game. Our colors are Black & Gold, so dress the part if you want to fit in!
- RoseMott Winery at Gin Creek. You might not think of South Georgia as a wine destination, but things are changing down here! Gin Creek was the first winery to open in Colquitt County, and more are coming! Featuring historically Georgian grapes with a surprising variety of characters, a visit to Gin Creek might result in the discovery of your new favorite bottle of wine. Families, including kids, will enjoy a tour of the scenic 50 acre vineyard facility.
- If you are a coffee or music lover, don't miss a stop at Beans & Strings. If you've never been to a Coffee Shop / Music School / Performance Space / Local Hangout Spot, you need to make time to come visit Beans & Strings. They are a busy music school, teaching a variety of musical instruments to students of all ages, while serving up the best coffee & smoothies in town in a comfortable, welcoming space. Follow their Facebook for updates on performances and other community events.
- On a pretty day, head to our state park, Reed Bingham. At over 1600 acres, the park features 7 miles of beautiful nature trails, pontoon boats, kayaking & canoeing (you can rent one if you don't have your own), swimming, fishing, mini golf, camping, RVing, educational programs, playgrounds, birding, and geocaching. Reed Bingham is also home to a range of wildlife, including Alligators, Bald Eagles & endangered Gopher Tortoises, which are delight to spot. The park offers fun events for the whole family very regularly, so be sure to check their website and their Facebook to plan your weekend. If you are in a State Park kinda mood and want to explore more, take a side trip over to the fascinating Pitcher Plant Bog outside of Doerun. As the name implies, this 651 acre area is home to the rare and endangered Pitcher Plants; and a wide variety of other wire grass wildlife. There is a pretty mile-long path that is an easy hike for nature lovers. (Bring bug spray in the hotter months!)
- If you are an adventurous traveler, load up and explore the back roads! With 557 square miles of land, you can have a lot of fun getting lost on the back roads of Colquitt County. As a part of the old south, this county is criss-crossed with scenic canopy roads, dirt roads, rolling pasture lands, waterways, and miles-long views that will have you stopping the car to snap photos all day long. Along the way, be sure to find some of the many Geocaches hidden around the towns and in the county.
- Eat local! Being one of the biggest agricultural counties in the SouthEast, it would be a shame to come here and not eat REALLY well! The Square Restaurant works hard to provide a local, farm-to-table experience as often as possible, but that's just the beginning! You could spend a whole day exploring the agro-tourism of the area. We have a fantastic State Farmer's Market that has markets open to the public. Many farms offer U-Pick fields seasonally, and no Spring is complete without a trip out for some strawberry picking at Ochlocknee Ridge Farms! (Hint: like RIGHT now in April!) Some of the best, most-loved dairy products in the state are from right down the road at Sparkman's Cream Valley. They have a great little country store that's open every weekday, and it's situated right in the middle of the dairy, so there is a very good chance for a Jersey Cow sighting!
We love this community, and we love bragging about this town that we jokingly call "Mayberry" to out-of-towners, who regularly fall in love! If you are new to town, or just passing through, be sure to check out some of these local gems. If you are a local and have other tips on how to spend your time here in Colquitt County, please add your ideas in the comments below!