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About Lake Blackshear
Despite being manmade, Lake Blackshear is a nature escape that rivals any of Mother Earth’s creations. Blackshear was created from the construction of the Crisp County Power Dam in 1925. The lake, covering around 8,500 acres, is about 20 miles long and a little over one mile wide. Georgia Veterans State Park lies to the east of the body of water, where its namesake Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club provides optimal views of the lake.
Things to do in Lake Blackshear
Drink in the view of Lake Blackshear, where Cypress trees grow from the middle of the lake. When the dam was built, trees in the area weren’t cut down under the belief they would die once submerged. However some of the trees continued to thrive, and they live on in the middle of the lake. Stroll around the lake while taking in the view, or opt for a picnic by the shore. Venture into the state park, which features a museum with memorabilia from the Revolutionary War to the present. The park, established in 1931, serves as a memorial to American veterans. On the grounds, visitors will find an 18-hole golf course, a model airplane flying field and the Lake Blackshear Resort. The resort itself houses a private golf club, beach, marina and SAM Shortline excursion train, which runs from Cordele to Plains in Georgia. In terms of recreational activities in the area, visitors can go boating, waterskiing, or bird watching, to name a few. In addition, there are ski and pontoon boats available for rent, as well as ski doo and bike rentals.
Day trips from Lake Blackshear
Hop aboard the Southwest Georgia Excursion Train (SAM Shortline) for a scenic countryside tour through historic towns. The air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars will take passengers through four towns. Tourists will get their fill of the attractions, history, dining and shopping along a route that covers Cordele, Americus, Leslie and Plains, Georgia. A summer trip to Lake Blackshear will make it the perfect time to visit the nearby town of Cordele, which calls itself “Watermelon capital of the world.” The town holds its annual watermelon festival each June, featuring events including the 4H Dog Show, Seed Spitting Contest, Watermelon Horseshoe Tournament, Fishing Rodeo, and Watermelon Decorating Contest. Pine Mountain, around 2 hours away by car, is home to the Chipley Historical Center. The site, which on in the list of the National Register of Historical Places, is a treasure trove of historical items such as photographs and documents from the area. The Pine Mountain Trail is a possible stop along the way. It’s within Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, located just a few miles from the historical center. Visitors can experience a bit of history while enjoying many of the outdoor activities the park has to offer.
Lake Blackshear accommodations
Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club provides 14 charming guest rooms in the Lodge, 64 spacious Villa guest rooms and 10 scenic lakeside cabins for guests. The lodge guest rooms are near the resort’s main restaurant, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, while the villas are close to the beach and marina. Each cabin has two bedrooms, a screened porch with rocking chairs and an outdoor grill. Among all the perks of staying at the resort, the greatest is its proximity to Lake Blackshear. Campers have another option at Georgia Veterans State Park. The park has 77 campsites visitors can book for an overnight stay. Alternative lodging options are further from the lake. Most are located along E 16th Avenue in Cordele.
Transportation in Lake Blackshear
Drive into the Lake Blackshear area via US-280 from the east or west, or on I-75 coming from north or south. The lake is located about 9 miles west of I-75 exit 101. The closest Greyhound bus terminal is in Cordele, about 10 miles east from the lake. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train also passes through the area, east from Cordele to Archery, Georgia. It’s one way to get to any of the four stops along the way. Airports that are near Blackshear are Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, 46 mile away; Jacksonville International Airport, 65 miles; and Valdosta Regional Airport, around 72 miles away.