OGLETHORPE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - If you need a vacation from the hustle and bustle of life, but driving long distance isn't an option, check out White Water Creek Park in Oglethorpe.
Tucked in the corner of Macon County, the park offers a get-away, without having to go too far away.
The first thing you'll notice when you drive past the wood sign on Whitewater Road, is the fishing pond just off to the right. It's stocked with catfish, and for good reason. There are always people standing on the banks, fishing and casting their cares away.
People like 16 year old Clinton Wright, who frequents the pond several times a month.
"It feels like you're closer to nature," Wright says while reeling in his line. "And nothing bad happens around here. It's just nice people."
Lisa Lashley and her daughter make the trip to the playground and walking trails throughout the park. For them, getting outside it what draws them in.
"We love kayaking, and all those fun things...I like jogging," Lashley adds.
But perhaps the best kept secret, is the area of the park you can't walk to, drive through, or pitch a tent in. It's only accessible by boat, and even then, maneuvering can be tricky.
When Whitewater Creek was dammed, it created Whitewater lake. (More like, large pond). The lake offers fishing, bird watching, and a chance to boat deep into mother nature. We traveled more than a mile upstream on a pontoon boat, and saw more birds, turtles, and fish in an hour, we may as well have been in a zoo.
So if you need to get away and relax, but aren't sure where to go, head to Macon County. You never know what you're going to find.
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