Scenic Byways Enduring
Enduring Farmlands Scenic Byway showcases routes through the historic towns
of Hawkinsville, Pineview, Rochelle, and Abbeville as well as the surrounding countryside. In viewing the
peaceful rural character and pastoral landscapes of this 65-mile byway in Pulaski and Wilcox Counties, travelers
can observe the small town agricultural heritage still prevalent in this region of the state, and appreciate the
efforts these cities and counties have made to maintain the character of their rural lifestyle while allowing a
viable future for their residents.
Attractions of the byway include scenic pecan groves,
horse and cattle pasture lands and farmland (corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans, peaches, blueberries, and
grapes), farmers markets and festivals, civil war heritage sites, and the Ocmulgee River, along with the
historic architecture of Hawkinsville’s Old Opera House, the Lawrence Bennett Harness Horse racetrack, and
several notable churches.
Directions to the Byway:
North, take I-75 S to Exit 135,
GA-127/GA-224/US-41 toward Perry/Larry Walker Parkway.
Turn left at the end of the
exit ramp onto Larry Walker Parkway/Golden Isles Parkway (GA-127/GA-224/US-41).
Continue to follow GA-224 E/Golden Isles
Parkway/Larry Walker Parkway for 8.7 miles.
This road becomes GA-11 S/US-341 S/Golden Island
Pkwy/Main Street. Travel for 12.2 miles.
left at Broad Street/State Route 26, travel 0.6 miles.
Turn left at N. Lumpkin Street; arrive at Old
Opera House (on right).
Byway begins at the Old Opera House, corner of N. Lumpkin and
From the South, take 1-75 N to Exit 112,
Turn right at GA-27E, travel for 21.6 miles
(as you enter Hawkinsville City Limits, this road becomes McCormick Avenue).
Turn right at Broad Street/State Route
Take the third left onto N.
Lumpkin Street; arrive at Old Opera House (on right). Byway begins at the
Old Opera House, corner of N. Lumpkin and Broad Streets.
Roads included in the byway:
US 129/SR 11
US 280/SR 30
Mattie Richland Church Road
Hawkinsville and Winder are Georgia's newest
Preserve America Communities
The Hawkinsville Commercial and
Industrial Historic District was listed in the National Register in 2004.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently signed and sent designation letters to 29 new Preserve America Communities,
including Hawkinsville and Winder in Georgia, bringing the total nationwide to 843.
Hawkinsville is currently restoring the historic windows at the Hawkinsville Opera House with a sfy2010 Georgia
Heritage grant of $10,500. There are using a ffy2009 Historic Preservation Fund grant of $6,000 to produce
design guidelines for its historic downtown district. Visit the
grants section of our website for more information.
The Preserve America Community Program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources
and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors. The program began in 2003 and
Preserve America Communities, great places to visit and explore, are now located in all 50 states and many overseas
U.S. territories. Preserve America is administered by the ACHP with assistance from the U.S. Department of the
Interior. For more information see