Located in the Northwest corner of the State of Georgia sits Chattooga County. Chattooga lies north of the City of Rome and Floyd County and south of Walker County. Though Chattooga is occupied by the hills and valleys of Northwest Georgia's hilly terrain, the county is able to reach leading cultural, political, and economic centers throughout the Southeast. Chattooga County is a short forty-five minute drive to Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the South's most important economic centers. Chattanooga has access to navigable rivers in the form of the Tennessee River, and also has airfield access by way of Chattanooga's Lovell Field. Approximately a two hour trip east, Birmingham is one of Alabama's most important cultural, education, and economic centers. Birmingham's Shuttlesworth International Airport, the largest airfield in the state, also provides leading corporate and commercial flight access. Less than a two hour drive south, Atlanta, Georgia stands as the epicenter of education, athletics, transportation, and commerce in the Southeastern United States. With cultural venues second-to-none in the South, and an endless array of athletic and educational opportunities, Atlanta is the go-to place for a variety of important fields. Atlanta is also home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's largest airport. Handling over 700,000 tons of goods and millions upon millions of passengers each year, Hartsfield-Jackson makes Atlanta the hub of the East Coast....Read more
Chattooga County is committed to providing public green-space and parks for the citizens and visitors of Chattooga County. Chattooga County is home to many beautiful parks and centers for everyone to enjoy.Read more
Summerville is home to two public-use parks, J.R. “Dick” Dowdy Park is located at the intersection of Highway-27 and University Street. Dowdy Park is home to countless activities throughout the year, from Relay for Life to birthday parties. The park has a walking track, gazebos, a playground, and the Summerville Railroad Turntable. The historic Couey House is also located here. The park hosts the “Steam Into Summerville” Railroad Days throughout the year and provides visitors a link to the past. Easily accessed from downtown Summerville, the park is also home to a “Pickin in the Park” Chapter and many of Better Hometown’s programs. The park also hosts arts and music festivals throughout the year.
Willow Spring Park, with its distinctive Willow Trees, is located atthe intersection of Highway-27 and First Street. The park was built to commemorate the importance of the spring to the foundation of Summerville. When John Beavers ceded land to Chattooga County after the county’s founding, he selected the area for the county seat based on the availability of water from Willow Spring. The park has a pavilion, picnic tables, and a small walking track.Trion is home the city’s track field. The field has a playground, walking track, and the Rosser Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion. Trion also has the county’s only golf course, Trion Golf Course. The course is a public course and open year-round.
Menlo and Lyerly are also home to local parks, some in conjunction with local schools. Menlo’s Tillotson Complex is home to baseball and softball fields. The Tillotson Complex also is home to the Northwest Georgia Festival of Balloons each year. Lyerly’s McLeod Park is also open for public use. The center has baseball and softball fields, a playground, and other recreation areas....
The Lowry 4L Summerville Rodeo is an official open rodeo event held every year at the Lowry's Ranch south of Summerville. The event has become an integral part of the Spring season in Chattooga County. The event is held on the third weekend in May each year at the Lowry's Ranch on 3198 Farmersville Road. The 4L Rodeo Company is one of the most outstanding rodeo stock contracting companies in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1985 by champion calf roper and steer wrestler Charlie Lowry, the company has grown from five small productions its first year to producing over 25 events a year. 4L Rodeo host PRCA, IPRA, NIRA and high school rodeos and rough stock schools. In 2009 Lowry widened his vision for 4L Rodeo Company by becoming partners with David Simpson, Diamond S Bucking Bulls, Weatherford, Texas forming the 4L and Diamond S Rodeo Company. The new company has provided stock for numerous rodeos such as Cheyenne, Omaha, Odessa, San Antonio and Fort Worth. 4L & Diamond S Rodeo have provided bulls for the PRCA Xtreme Bulls as well as the Wrangler National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas. Charlie Lowry, the three-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, holds seventeen championship titles in the PRCA Southeastern Circuit. In 1978, he set an arena record at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in the calf roping. In 1981 Lowry claimed the All-Around Cowboy title at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. Along with his list of his many personal accolades this life-long cowboy was named the 2002 & 2012 Stock Contractor of the Year by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. For the Lowry family, rodeoing is a way of life. Charlie and his wife Wanda, a retired teacher, travel to all their rodeos as a team. Wanda serves as a rodeo timer. She is author of a children’s book, TRICKY RICKY, Born to Buck. The Lowry’s have two children that have always been involved in the sport of rodeo both attending colleges on rodeo scholarships. Ross, the Lowry’s 44-year-old son, is the 2001 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Heeler and the 2009 & 2012 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Header. Ross’s wife Leann, Summerville Middle School Assistant Principal, competes in the barrel racing and breakaway roping. The Lowry’s daughter, Jolyn King, is the former rodeo coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and is an accomplished barrel racer and breakaway roper. She is a Special Education teacher at Leroy Massey Elementary School. Jason, Jolyn’s husband serves as one of the pick-up men for the rodeo company. The entire family resides on the 4L Ranch in Summerville where they are all involved in the Rodeo Stock Contracting business. According to Charlie, rodeo has been good to his family. “Rodeo has not only provided a livelihood and a common bond for our family,” says Lowry “it has provided an opportunity to make and develop friendships that last a lifetime.” The 4L Ranch Home Rodeo is scheduled for May 19th and 20th at the Lowry’s covered arena located on Farmersville Rd. just off Highway 27 South of Summerville. Gates open each night at 6pm with the event beginning at 8pm. Seven fast paced rodeo events will be held each night featuring some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the Southeastern PRCA Circuit. During the Friday night performance, a Special Challenge has been scheduled between four area schools. A teacher representing each school will participate in a horse race with the winning school receiving a $250 donation from the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce and each child at the winning school receiving a free ice cream. Another treat at this year’s rodeo is that Tim Lepard and Team Ghost Riders will return. In all the years of hosting their home rodeo the Lowry’s have never had the same specialty act two years in a row but after many request Tim and his team of monkeys riding border collies will once again thrill the rodeo fans. For more information, please see the Lowry Family's website at http://www.4lrodeo.com/home.)...Read more
The State of Georgia’s commitment to the natural beauty of all parts of the state is evident in the vast array of state parks and public green-space. Georgia’s state park system is home to over 77,500 acres of scenic valleys, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and other natural wonders.
Chattooga County is home to James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park. The park is nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest. “Sloppy” Floyd is named in memory of James Floyd, a former state representative from Chattooga County. Floyd represented the area from 1953-1974. Floyd’s influence in Georgia politics is also evident in the form of the James H. Floyd Office Complex in Atlanta. The complex, adjacent to the Georgia State Capitol, is home to over 400,000 square feet of office space.
“Sloppy” Floyd Park is a paradise for any family that loves the great outdoors. The park, right outside of Summerville, is home to fully-stocked fishing lakes that provide every level of angler a fun afternoon of fishing. The park is also home to four picnic pavilions that provide families and organizations a place to host a birthday party, club meeting, or reunion. Partner the fantastic fishing and picnic opportunities with beautiful hiking trails and paddleboats, and you can see that “Sloppy” Floyd Park is a perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of Chattooga County.
If you’re looking for a stay in nature’s beauty, Sloppy Floyd also has twenty-five camping/RV sites. These sites provide your family with access to electricity and bathhouses equipped with showers, toilets, and washing machines and driers. The camping site also has a playground for families to enjoy.
If tent or RV camping doesn’t suit your specific camping style, “Sloppy” Floyd has four cottages/cabins for you to enjoy. These cabins are perfect for extended stay or a weekend get-away. If cabin camping isn’t enough “roughing-it” for you, “pioneer” campsites are also available. These campsites allow for families to enjoy the great outdoors without the comforts of modern-day technology.“Sloppy” Floyd is open year-round and ready to host you and your family. The park is also committed to providing first-class service to companies, organizations, and other groups looking for a perfect place for their next event....