Type of Adventure: Day Trip/ Water Play/ Playground Fun
Length of Adventure: 2-3 Hours
Price of Adventure: FREE
We live in a small town called Adairsville, GA. When we moved to Georgia my husband and I specifically picked this town because his job is in Rome, GA (Floyd County), and there is a pretty large homeschool community in Cartersville, GA (Bartow County). Adairsville is 25 minutes from both. There’s not much going on in Adairsville, but that doesn’t bother us. We like having a little land for the kids to run around, and neither one of us is scared of a 30 minute drive; One of us (ahem, me…) doesn’t even flinch at an hour drive. We are also one hour away from Atlanta and one hour from Chattanooga. I think the location of our little town is just about perfect.
So, we live in Bartow County, and we are less than 5 miles from the Floyd and Gordon county lines. I’m a part of a great homeschool group in Bartow County, but a few years ago I found myself just itching to give my kids more field trips, in more far-reaching geographical areas. This is how we found ourselves members of a Cherokee County Homeschool group. Now, no part of Cherokee County is closer than 45 minutes to us, but we love this group. They have field trips everywhere from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and my kids and I have made some of our dearest friends through this group. Every now and then I do find myself a little out of the geographical “know,” however. We frequent different parks, we shop at different grocery stores, and we sneak away for solace in different local coffee shops.
For awhile I had been hearing lots of my friends talk about Poole’s Mills Park, but I didn’t see why I should go out of my way to visit it. It’s located all the way on the Forsyth County side of Ball Ground, GA, which is about an hour and 15 minutes away from us, and it’s just a park, right? Wrong. This is one of the coolest parks I’ve ever taken my kids in my eight years of motherhood. One of the coolest thing about this park is that it has small water falls with sliding rocks. It also has an awesome playground area, a huge covered picnic shelter, clean bathrooms, and an awesome covered bridge that is no longer in use, but is almost 200 years old! The park itself use to be a grist mill and saw mill owned by a Cherokee chief. His name was George Welch, and he was forced to evacuate his land and give up ownership of his mills during the Trail of Tears. A sad story, but full of interesting history.
My kids love the sliding rocks. We always stick to the closest rocks beside the path. They are not quiet as tall, and the pool they slide into is rather shallow and easy to stand up in. Even my twin 2 year-olds have gotten brave and slid down the rocks. If your kids don’t want to slide they can just wade and splash in the small pools. There is also a great area to set out blankets or camp chairs, and relax in the shade while the kiddos play. This park is a treasure, and totally worth the drive for us.