Georgia has some pretty sensational abandoned spots just littered throughout the state. We’re talking breathtaking spots that have been reclaimed by nature, not to mentioned places riddled with important pieces of our state’s history. Some people come from all over the world just to visit these ruins, and and test their courage through parts unknown. But did you know that you can tackle a ton of incredible abandoned places in Georgia with just one road trip?
That’s right. We have created the ultimate Georgia road trip through eight of the most popular, most alluring abandoned places in the state. Whether you’re ending your summer with a bang, or you’re ready for a unique autumn adventure, this comprehensive road trip is for you. The entire trip is less than 500 miles and clocks in at just over eight hours travel time. That means if you stop and explore at each abandoned spot, you’ll have an awesome weekend road trip covering some serious Georgia ground.
1. Dungeness Ruins, St. Marys, GA
The first stop on this road trip is the ever-popular Dungeness Ruins. What was once a beautiful mansion on Cumberland Island, and home to many prominent families throughout Georgia history (Carnegies, Dungeons, etc) now remains in ruins after a fire in 1959. An abandoned mansion just waiting to be explored.
2. Horton House, Jekyll Island, GA
Horton House is stop number two, and also one of the most historical. This abandoned building is one of the oldest standing buildings in the state, not to mention the very first brewery. What's so unique about this building is that it's made from tabby, which is created using a strange method of melting down oyster shells to create lime.
3. Harville House, Statesboro, GA
Harville House is potentially the most beautiful abandoned building in the state. It's located on Harville Road (weird, huh?) and might take a few passes before you locate it. The exact address is 1850 Harville Road
Statesboro, Georgia, but GPS isn't too reliable when you search. However, taking a moment to find this amazing historical building will be well worth it.
4. Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, GA
This abandoned campus is next up on the road trip and may be the creepiest stop yet. What was once a state mental asylum sprawling over 2,000 acres, is now left in ruins with nothing more than faint whispers of the residents who once called Central State Hospital home. Is it haunted? Can you hear the screams of patients? Let us know what you find.
5. Scull Shoals Mill Ruins, Watkinsville, GA
Located halfway between Athens and Greensboro on the Oconee River is the next stop on the trip, Scull Shoals Mill Ruins. After Spanish troops settled the area in the late 1700s, they built a frontier settlement and village. The village expanded with a paper mill and water-powered grist mill. However, devastating fires destroyed much of the buildings, leaving behind abandoned ruins worthy of exploration.
6. Atlanta Prison Farm, Atlanta, GA
This may be one of the most unique stops on this road trip. The Prison Farm is a huge expanse of abandoned buildings which are peppered with beautiful, colorful graffiti throughout. The Farm isn't open to the public, so if you're looking to admire from the inside, you will need permission from the land owner.
7. Pratt-Pullman Yard, Atlanta, GA
This historic 25-acre train facility is now left in beautiful shambles in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been closed since 1950, and visitors have been creating a mix of artwork throughout the place, while also allowing nature to reclaim bits and pieces. It's a magical place that if you play your cards right, the state might let you inside.
8. New Manchester Manufacturing Company, Lithia Springs, GA
Hidden deep in the lush forest of Georgia's Sweetwater Creek State Park are the abandoned ruins of what was once a cotton mill used during the Civil War. After the war ended, a fire raged throughout the building, leaving behind an abandoned, yet magical mess, which can still be explored to this day.
So there you have it! Your ultimate abandoned places road trip throughout Georgia. Share the trip with a few friends that you’d like to explore with!