Category Archives: Visitors

Where We Are

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....
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Public Parks and Green-Space

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.
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.
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Charlie Lowry’s 4L Summerville Rodeo

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 early Fall season in Chattooga County. The event is held in August of each year. The event will take place on August 14th and 15th 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 becoming a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1997.  In 2007 4L Rodeo produced 19 rodeos sanctioned by the PRCA, three Georgia High School Rodeos and three Intercollegiate Rodeos in the southeast as well as having bulls featured at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders Association) Since becoming a member of the PRCA, 4L Rodeo has had stock featured at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (1998 - 2005).  In addition, owner Charlie Lowry has been selected 2002 Stock Contractor of the Year by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association.  This award adds to a list of many accolades for the life-long rodeo cowboy.  A three-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, Charlie holds seventeen championship titles in the PRCA Southeastern Circuit.  He set the arena record for calf roping at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and won the All-Around Cowboy title at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. 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.  Ross, the Lowry's 34-year-old son, is the 2001 Southeastern Circuit Champion Team Roping Heeler and a circuit qualifier in steer wrestling.  Ross and his wife Leann, an elementary school teacher, make their home on the 4L Ranch in Summerville.  Daughter Jolyn, the rodeo coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, resides in Wilmar, Arkansas, with her husband Tony Wells and daughter Rylee Jo.  Tony is a calf roper and farrier.  Both the Lowry children attended college on rodeo scholarships. 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."   (for this and more information, please see the Lowry Family's website at
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James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park

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....
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