Things for Families to Do in Covington, GA

By Tammy Dray
Covington is less than one hour east of Georgia's capital.
Covington is less than one hour east of Georgia's capital.

Covington is a city of about 13,000 inhabitants -- but don't let that deceive you. There's much to do and see in Covington, especially for TV and movie fans. Covington is famous for being the filming location for many horror movies and TV shows, so if you're planning on joining a tour or exploring a film location, ask in advance if it's appropriate for kids.

Going for a Walk

The Covington/Newton County trail network is one of the best places to start the outdoor exploration of town. The trails in the area are a combination of paved roads and wooded areas and cut through local parks and rolling terrain. Both hikers and bikers are welcome, but remember that some sections of the trail are not lit and might not be a good choice at night.

Fun in the Sun

If the kids need to burn off some energy, go to Turner Lake. Aside from a toddler playground, the lake area also has batting cages, an indoor gym, a softball complex -- to both play and watch games -- and a walking trail. Picnic areas and a covered pavilion offer plenty of opportunities for a nice break.

Indoor Fun

Game Time is a 40,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center that the whole family can enjoy. Younger kids can jump on the inflatable bouncing area and playground, while older kids might be more interested in the batting cages or the baseball and softball training sessions. There are also team events, boot camp workouts and competition cheerleading presentations throughout the year. Check their website (see Resources) to see what's coming before you visit.

TV Location Tours

Covington has been the filming location for several movies and TV shows -- including "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Dukes of Hazzard." Today, visitors to the town can explore the locations used as backgrounds -- either by joining a local tour company or by exploring them on their own. Visitors might recognize places such as the town's courthouse, the schools, the town plaza and and several restaurants.

About the Author

Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.