Quick Georgia Day Trips for Fall Foliage

Fall is now here and it’s time to plan some road trips. Maybe you don’t have a lot of free time coming up, but these trips can be wrapped up in a day. Make your plans now to see some of Georgia and the surrounding area’s best fall foliage displays. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors of Newnan.

Amicalola Falls State Park

For red and auburn mixed with dark orange, visit the Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville. The colors are highly contrasted with the several shades of green from the pines and the brown oaks in the area. Visit the top of the falls to get a great view of bright oranges and yellows in the lower elevations.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

This park, just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is teeming with color in the fall. The leaves in the valley and canyon peak in the first week of November, so you’ll see plenty of color then. This Georgia park has rim overlooks that are easy to reach; plus, for those who prefer a challenge, you’ll find challenging hiking trails.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Peak season at F.D. Roosevelt State Park is late October/early November, so plan accordingly. Hike the 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop or drive to Dowdell’s Knob for some great scenery and to see the life-size sculpture of President Roosevelt.

Additional Parks

You can also find spectacular fall colors at additional parks, including Moccasin Creek State Park in Lake Burton, Red Top Mountain State Park in Lake Allatoona, and Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan

Before you head out on any of these drives, be sure to stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan to have your vehicle serviced. If you are thinking about a new vehicle, now is a great time to stop by our showroom for a test drive. You’ll be able to look for more fall colors in comfort; and when you travel for the holidays, you won’t have to be concerned about something going wrong with the vehicle.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

If you are in the market for an SUV with tons of features, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 GMC Terrain and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, entertainment and security features. The Terrain features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with spark ignition direct injection and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

Technical Specs

The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear features a 3.23 final drive ratio. This front-wheel drive vehicle features a 120-amp alternator, a 525 cold cranking-amp battery with rundown protection, front independent suspension with struts, a rear independent trailering arm with coil springs and three lateral locating links, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and the Soft Ride suspension.

Safety Features

The GMC’s safety features include StabiliTrak with traction control, dual stage frontal airbags, thorax side impact airbags, driver and front passenger impact airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, front and rear outboard seating airbags, daytime running lights, a passenger-sensing system for the airbags, OnStar Directions and Connections for six months, a rear vision camera, OnStar Basic for 5 years – includes RemoteLink Key Fob services and more, a tire pressure monitoring system power door locks with rear child safety locks and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

Interior Features

The GMC Terrain features two-way power seats, carpeted floor mats in the front and rear, a front center console with concealed storage, front and rear cup holders, a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, Driver Information Center, express down front windows, power windows, PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, air conditioning, rear window defroster, four auxiliary outlets, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and illuminated vanity mirrors.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, all-season tires, a spare tire and wheel, halogen projector headlights, deep-tinted windows, light-tinted windshield, halogen fog lights, heated power door mirrors and a rear window wiper with washer.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 GMC Terrain and to learn more about this model’s features.

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT

If you are looking for a truck that is small enough to be economical yet large enough to haul what you need in the bed, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT crew cab. This truck has many standard options plus several additional option packages.

Convenience Features

The 2018 Silverado LT features a full center console with covered storage, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, air conditioning, a compass, in-radio clock display, an overhead console with storage, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, external temperature display, speed-proportional power steering, power mirrors, OnStar Guidance, remote power door locks, one-touch power windows, Bluetooth and video monitor.

Additional features include intermittent window wipers, tinted glass, four-way power adjustable driver seat, four-wheel drive, front bucket seats and a rear bench seat.

Safety Features

The Colorado features four-wheel ABS brakes, a passenger airbag, curtain first and second row head airbags, dusk-sensing headlights, daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, transmission hill holder, ABS and driveline traction control and stability control with anti-roll.

Additional Options

Additional packages are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado LT including a luxury package, the PZX package, a convenience package and more. The PZX package features 18-inch dark argent metallic cast alloy wheels and P265/60R18 AS BW tires.

The luxury package includes power driver and passenger lumbar seats, a four-way front passenger seat adjuster, heated front seats, projector-type headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, heated power door mirrors, chrome door handles and a chrome rear bumper.

The LT convenience package includes a rear window defroster, front fog lights, manual rear sliding window, EZ-Lift & Lowe tailgate and remote vehicle start.

Additional options include an automatic locking rear differential, heavy duty trailering package with hitch and seven-pin connector, and a front license plate kit.

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A Closer Look At The 2018 Buick Regal GS

If you are in the market for a vehicle with a sporty look and that has some get-up-and-go, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Buick Regal GS. Because this model features a four-cylinder engine, it also has good fuel economy. It has more convenience, safety, security and entertainment features than are outlined here, so if you like this teaser, be sure you stop by to see it in real life.

Convenience Features

The 2018 Buick Regal GS features dual zone climate control, an interior air filtration system, a full center console with covered storage, cruise control, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a multifunction remote including a trunk button, a mini overhead console, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote power door locks, OnStar Directions & Connections, heated power door mirrors, four one-touch power windows, Bluetooth, a trip computer, a video monitor and a rear defroster.

Exterior and Interior Features

Additional features include intermittent wipers, a chrome grill, tinted windows, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a two-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include four-wheel ABS brakes, stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, turn signals integrated in the door mirrors, fog lights, daytime running lights, curtain first and second row airbags, dual front impact airbags and a passenger-sensing airbag.

Technical Information

The 2018 Buick Regal GS features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. The engine makes 259 horsepower and features an intercooled turbo. This front-wheel drive model also features a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Buick Regal GS and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, entertainment and security features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about additional available options and whether we are running any lease or finance specials on the Regal.


Tailgating With Your Truck

Now that football season has officially started, it’s time to get your truck ready for tailgating. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle that lends itself to tailgating; or give our service department a call to set up an appointment for serviced or to have your vehicle checked before you head out.

What to Pack

When pack for a tailgate party, you’ll need to be organized – you don’t want to forget something as important as the football! Bring a canopy to protect everyone from the sun. Make sure you have plenty of chairs for everyone who is going to party with you or have people bring their own chairs. Be sure that the grill is big enough to cook for everyone in your party. It’s no fun waiting for your food to cook while the other half of the party is already eating.

Remembering the food is the easy part. Don’t forget the condiments and the sides, though. If you are serving hamburgers, don’t forget cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. And, plates and plasticware. Don’t laugh – it’s been forgotten somewhere in the world. Also, bring wipes and napkins to clean your hands and face.

When to Arrive

You’ll want to arrive at least three hours before the game. This will give you time to set up your spot, heat up the grill, cook and eat. And, that should give you enough time to get in the stadium a few minutes early so you’re not tripping over everyone to get to your seat. And of course, you’ll want some time to throw a few passes. After all, what is a tailgate party that doesn’t include some football?

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Be sure to stop by SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out to the games this fall. Or, if you are thinking about getting a new vehicle, now is the time to stop by to test drive a new vehicle to tailgate with.

Some of Georgia’s Best Outdoor Areas

Visit some of Georgia’s best outdoor areas before the summer is over.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park features 2,910 acres with 25 RV campsites, 10 tent sites that you can drive to, 12 walk-in campsites, 8 riverside platform campsites, 8 riverside back country campsites, Adirondack group camping which includes four screened shelters and a central fire pit, two picnic shelters, a boat ramp bathhouses with hot showers and a gift shop.

The park is great for those who like to paddle the river, camp or fish. It has 5 miles of river frontage and over 6 miles of wooded trails for hiking and nature photography. If you do decide to camp, you will need a reservation.

The park is located in Coweta County at 425 Bobwhite Way, Newman, Georgia, 30263. The park is open fro 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and gates are locked at 10:00 p.m. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Parking is $5, but annual passes are available.

Skidaway Island State Park

Enjoy trails, the smell of the Intracoastal waterway and wildlife. If you do want to camp, the park features 87 camp sites and three camper cabins. It also features five picnic shelters, a group shelter and three pioneer camps. Bordering Skidaway Narrows, the park features a boardwalk to an observation tower, trails through forests and past salt marshes and an interpretive center for learning about the local wildlife.

The camper cabins feature air conditioning, screened porches, kitchen, bathroom with a shower, a kids’ sleeping loft and a master bedroom. You’ll need to bring your own towels, linens, cooking utensils and dishes. Outside of the cabins, you’ll find a grill, picnic table and a fire ring. You can bring your pets, as they are allowed in the camper cabin sites, but not in the cabin itself.

The park is near Savannah at 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, Georgia, 31411.

Etowah Indian Mounds

The Etowah Indian Mounds site is 54 acres and was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. The site features borrow pits, the village site, a defensive ditch, a plaza and the six earthen mounds.

The museum features artifacts that show how the Native Americans lived and dressed themselves. You’ll see hand-carved stone effigies, items made from seashells, stone and woods, shell beads, and evidence of how the people decorated themselves with paint and complicated hairdos.

You can also follow a trail along the Etowah River where you’ll learn about V-shaped fish traps the Native Americans used and learn how they used trees for medicine and food.

Only nine percent of this site has been excavated, including Mound C and the surrounding artifacts. Mound C is a 63-foot earthen knoll and it was most likely used as a platform for the priest-chief’s home. Excavators found nobility buried in elaborate costumes and with the items they might need in the afterlife in another mound.

The Etowah Indian Mounds site features a gift shop, museum with a film, 20 picnic tables, riverside benches and the six earthen mounds. The site is located at 813 Indian Mounds Road, S.W., Cartersville, Georgia, 30120.

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A Closer Look at the 2017 GMC Yukon

If you are in the market for a new SUV, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2017 GMC Yukon. You’ll find that this model has tons of features that make it the ultimate vehicle for commuting, taking a long road trip or even ferrying the kids and their friends to after-school and intramural events.

Convenience and Entertainment Features

The 2017 GMC Yukon features a garage door transmitter, a premium smooth ride suspension package, split bench third row seats, heated and cooled front seats, push button keyless start, heated door mirrors, SiriusXM/HD radio, five 12-volt power outlets, nine speakers, heated rear seats, rear air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and door mirrors, a memory seat and remote keyless entry.

Additional features include automatic temperature control, roof rack rails, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an overhead console, steering wheel memory, passive entry, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, pedal memory, power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, power second row seats, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, front dual zone air conditioning and wireless charging.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include four-wheel disc brakes, rain-sensing wipers, ABS brakes, illuminated entry, rear cross traffic alert, a low tire pressure warning system, a rear window wiper and defroster, an occupant-sensing airbag, blind spot sensor, safety alert seat, brake assist, a security system, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, an overhead airbag, speed control, speed-sensing steering and a panic alarm.

Additional features include delay off headlights, a driver alert package, dual front impact airbags, dual front side impact airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, an emergency communication system, variably intermittent wipers, fog lights and fully automatic headlights.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2017 GMC Yukon to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security, and entertainment features.

Buick’s Best Classic Cars

Buick has a longstanding reputation for luxury and quality. Take a look back at some of the best Buick vehicles over the past decades before you head over to SouthTowne Motors to check out the new Buick models available on the lot.

The 1961 Buick Special

One of Buick’s most iconic vehicles and, indeed, one of automotive history’s most influential models, the 1961 Buick Special really put Buick at the forefront of the auto world in the early 60s.

It’s revolutionary all-aluminum construction made it the lightest mass-produced vehicle with a V-8. The combination of a supercharged engine with a light frame meant that the engine had tons of potential for fine tuning and optimization. Out of the box, the ’61 made 150-horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque, but those numbers could be inflated significantly.

Not to mention that the ’61s flat out looked great. They were sleek and futuristic for the time and have aged to become vintage beauties.

The 1970 Buick GSX

The quintessential Buick muscle car, the GSX typified the 70s craze for more power at any cost.

The ravenous 455 cubic-inch V8 engine was ram-air-inducted and could easily make over 400-horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque at a low 2800 rpms.

The 1987 Buick GNX

The Grand National first made its debut in 1982, but it was 1987 that saw the Grand National Experimental, or GNX for short. This souped up and highly modified Buick was given the royal treatment. It was about sending a statement: Buicks could be the baddest vehicles on the road if they wanted to be. Designed to outstrip anything else coming out that year, even from supercar designers like Porsche and Ferrari, the GNX had an engine, transmission, and suspension that all worked in harmony to produce 276-horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.

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While Buick has a storied history, that history is still in the works to this day. Buick has a great 2017 lineup and some 2018 vehicles will be available soon. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new or used Buick car, truck, or SUV. Find the perfect Buick to get you around Georgia and beyond. Not looking to buy right now? SouthTowne Motors can still help you with service, parts, and accessories. Visit today!

Exploring the Night Sky

When you decide to explore nature, you might think of going to a park to see some wildlife and see how many different types of plants you can find. You may even connect with nature by hunting, fishing or hiking. Many people forget about the other part of nature: the night sky. Learn more about the night sky at parks across the nation, starting in nearby parks. Visit parks in other areas of the country when you take a road trip. Before you head out on a long road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced or checked at SouthTowne Motors.

According to the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park Service has to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Scenery includes the night sky since you can only find many of the dark, non-over-lit skies in national parks.

If you live in the city and have never been camping in the wilderness, you might not realize how beautiful the night sky is. When you plan your next camping trip to a national park, you may want to bring a telescope to help you pick out individual stars.

Many of the national parks have stargazing programs so that you can learn more about the night skies and what you can see. Stargazing programs include star parties, the bat flight breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, telescope viewing at Rocky Mountain National Park, moonlight hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park and the Observatory at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Before you head out on a road trip, put together a plan and a list so that you can see everything you want to see and so that you don’t forget anything you want to bring. Part of planning for your trip includes having your vehicle checked at SouthTowne Motors to ensure things such as belts, hoses and brakes are not going to break or wear out on your trip.

How to Prepare Your Kids for a New School Year

When it’s time for the kids to go back to school, whether you have grade school, middle school or high school kids, you’ll need a shopping list for the things that they need for the first semester. Create a list based on your children’s ages, preferably a separate list for each child unless they are close in age. And, if you need to upgrade to a larger sedan or an SUV, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive your next new vehicle.

Grade School Children

If your child is in grade school, he or she may need crayons, markers, scissors, triple-line writing paper, regular paper, construction paper for homework projects and glue.

Middle and High School Children

Middle and high school age children usually have a different class for each subject. They’ll need a notebook for each subject, stapler, tape, extra paper, folders, pens and pencils.

All Ages

All children will need a backpack to hold their things. If you pack a lunch, get the younger kids lunch boxes; get the older kids a small soft cooler that holds ice packs.

Clothing and Other Items

When choosing clothing for your children, check the school’s dress policy. Some may require that the children wear the same color and/or style pants and shirts. Some may just require a certain dress code that doesn’t include shorts a certain length, tank tops and other types of clothing.

Also, be sure that your children have the proper clothing for gym class, whether it’s shorts, sneakers or a bathing suit if the school has a pool.

Some students may need a tablet or a computer for school. If you do have to buy something, check with the school to be sure that you purchase the right electronics. Some schools may recommend a reader and some may recommend a full tablet.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle, or, if you prefer to keep your current vehicle, call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance.