Putnam County Sites

[7] Historic Scenic Loop One [Directions to Historic Scenic Loop 1:  From GA 16 (Marion St.) in Eatonton take Oakway Rd which becomes Godfrey Road to Glades Rd and turn right (or County Rd 300 which becomes Union Chapel Rd at Reidís Rd) Rock Eagle Rd and turn right to the 4-H Center, Rock Eagle Effigy.  Return to Union Chapel Road and right at the Union Chapel Church and School.  Returning to Eatonton via US Highway 441, you will pass the Tompkins Inn on your left.]

This loop is a very scenic drive to and from the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, which is adjacent to the Oconee National Forest. Rock Eagleís 1,428 acres of forested land, including a 110-acre lake, make Rock Eagle a natural meeting site. Rock Eagle is the largest of five centers operated by the University of Georgia. Nestled in the pines of the Oconee National Forest, Rock Eagle 4-H Center provides a natural retreat atmosphere for conferences and group meetings.  The site includes a Natural History Museum, the 6000-year-old Rock Eagle Effigy, seven open air pavilions, chapel, pools and a lake for fishing and boating. Rock Eagle hosts over 70,000 visitors annually. Call 706-484-2836 for details. The picturesque Greek Revival style Union Chapel Church, at the intersection of Rock Eagle Road and Union Chapel Road, dates to 1858 and the adjacent school to 1913. The Tompkins Inn on the Highway 441 return trip to Eatonton dates to 1812 and was an early stagecoach stop. A mile past the Tompkins Inn and just past the US 441 Rock Eagle Center entrance on the right is the Oconee National Forest Ranger Station.

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