Things to Do in Cochran and Bleckley County, Georgia
Cochran-Bleckley County has a lot of things to do, but we especially shine when it comes to outdoor recreation: biking, fishing, hunting, paddling in canoes. Indeed, Bleckley County is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.
Come to take part in the annual Biking Bleckley Metric 100, a family-oriented, easy-to-moderate bicycle ride along our country roads. Whether you pedal 15 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles or the full 62.5 miles, you’ll experience our quiet, natural countryside that will inspire you to unplug and relax. And don’t worry if you miss the annual metric ride; our backroads beckon you to explore Bleckley County on two wheels year-round.
Fun on the Water…
Any time of year, Dykes Landing on the Ocmulgee River offers the opportunity to camp, canoe, and fish. One of the stops along the Ocmulgee Water Trail from Macon to the Altamaha River, this park is inside the Ocmulgee Wildlife Management Area, and offers two concrete ramps to the river with canoe steps, tent and RV camping areas, and a covered pavilion with tables. Enjoy fishing on the river but bring your fishing license.
Not far from Dykes Landing, and also within the Ocmulgee Wildlife Management Area, the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area offers a 106-acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and redear sunfish (shellcracker). Fish from the bank, from a pier, or by boat; the PFA offers a concrete boat ramp and fish cleaning station, as well as picnic tables and restrooms.
…and Fun in the Stands
Spend a Saturday night cheering on your favorite drivers at the Cochran Motor Speedway 3/8-mile oval dirt track. From April to October, check out the Road Warriors, Pure Stock, Cadet, Sportsman and late models. Special events are offered throughout the year.
Have a great time and mingle with the locals at the annual Cochran-Bleckley Country Fest in October. Delight in the splendor of handmade crafts, taste delicious festival food, enjoy live musical entertainment, let the kids loose on the children's inflatables, and entertainment, and cap it off with an evening of dancing in the streets.
Museum and History
For some intellectual exercise, learn about the growth and processing of cotton and peanuts at the free, open-air Cochran-Bleckley Cotton & Peanut Museum, located beside the Cochran-Bleckley County Library on Third Street, Cochran, Georgia.
Just a drive through downtown Cochran and into the Bleckley County countryside will showcase many historic neighborhoods, homes and commercial buildings. National Register Historic places in Cochran, Georgia include the 1913 Bleckley County Courthouse, the Cochran Municipal Building (1942) and School (1928), and Hillcrest, a 1910, two-story, Neoclassical style home.
Do politics and government interest you? The Terry L. Coleman Museum and Archives on the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State University houses the correspondence, legislative papers, reports from committees and state agencies, general subject files, personal papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio-visual material, oversized material, and memorabilia collected during Mr. Coleman’s service in the Georgia state legislature from 1973 to 2006. The Archives is on the main floor of the Roberts Memorial Library at Middle Georgia State University, and is open to the public.
Use Cochran as your base for exploring throughout Middle Georgia. Cochran is only a 35-minute drive from the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia, the second largest museum in the U.S. Air Force, with a collection dating from a replica of an early 1896 glider to modern-era aircraft such as the B-1B bomber, the SR-71 Blackbird, the U-2 Dragon Lady and F-15 Eagle. Cochran is also only about 45 minutes from Lane Southern Orchards, known for its peaches, and from the beautiful camellias at Massee Lane Gardens, both in Fort Valley, Georgia.