Beat Summer Boredom with these Hikes in Georgia

If you’re finding yourself bored this summer in Georgia, don’t just sit around and do nothing about it. Why not go for a day trip to one of Georgia’s best hiking spots? Georgia is full of natural beauty and there are plenty of trails that you can hike to take it all in.

Jacks River Trail

For a longer hike that can easily take all day, try the Jacks River Trail. At 16 miles long, it meanders north from its trailhead at the Dally Gap. It’s located in the remote and beautiful Cohutta Wildnerness and crisscrosses the Jacks River several times with multiple fords, so you’ll have to be okay with getting wet. On a hot day, though, getting your toes wet in the cool river will feel nice, so who’s complaining?

Panther Creek Trail

At 7 miles long, Panther Creek Trails at Panther Creek Falls is a good middle-length trail to hike. The headlining feature of the trail is the waterfall that’s full in any season you visit. There’s a pool halfway down the trail if you want to take a quick dip before continuing on.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail

This one is shorter at 4.9 miles, but it’s a Georgia favorite, and for good reason: it’s relatively easy to hike and the waterfalls at the end are outstanding. The trail runs through a shaded creek valley and there’s even a chilly swimming hole near the trailhead, which is a perfect place to stop in after the hike is over.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this summer to test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV. Find the perfect vehicle to get you around Georgia and beyond, including to any of these hiking trails. Not looking to buy this summer? SouthTowne Motors can still help you with service, parts, and accessories. Visit today!

Chevy Bolts Available Nationwide Beginning This Fall

While GM began selling its award-winning electric Chevy Bolt near the end of last year in a couple of states and later rolled out more in spring of 2017, the vehicle hasn’t been widely available quite yet. This is set to finally change in August when the Chevy Bolt will fully roll out nationwide.

This is actually a bit earlier than what GM had planned originally. Initial projections were saying that the car wouldn’t be available widely until September. Dealerships have been allowed to start placing orders so that they’ll have inventory by the time they go on sale in August.

The first Bolt was delivered to the first customer back in December, with sales that expanded to about half a dozen additional states later in the spring of 2017. This controlled rollout has helped to control the supply and demand for the vehicle at levels that are beneficial to consumers.

The main draw of the Bolt is its cheap cost: only $30,000 after a federal tax credit. This is significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model 3, which won’t go on sale until sometime in 2018.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this fall to test drive a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV and to learn more about its features and capabilities. You can also schedule some auto service at SouthTowne Motors, as well as shop for parts and accessories.

A Review of the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in

In the past, luxury cars like Cadillac were synonymous with poor fuel economy. However, with the advances in technology, they have smaller motors with enough horsepower and still have all of the luxuries you come to expect from a luxury model. You can really have the best of both worlds when you test drive a 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in at dealerships like SouthTowne Motors.

Borrowed Volt Technology

The new Cadillac CT6 is a full-size sedan and is a plug-in hybrid. The new model was announced at the Shanghai motor show. The new model will make 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque while doubling the fuel economy of the conventional engine.

The CT6 features an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat and in front of the trunk. The battery features 192 pouch cells – the same chemistry you’ll find in the new battery that comes with the Chevrolet Volt. You can charge this battery pack at a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet.

A new rear-wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) will back up the engine, giving the CT6 fast and smooth takeoffs. The EVT system uses two motors and three planetary gears. The gas engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

The CT6 features three driving modes: normal, sport and hold. Use normal for every day driving; use sport for more aggressive medal mapping and use hold to reserve battery use.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the CT6 and to learn more about the range, pricing, trim levels, convenience features, safety features and entertainment features for each trim level.

Visit Great Smoky Mountains this Summer

One of the best road trips you can take is a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Head up to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to reach one of the main entrances to the park. Take just a few days to see parts of the park or take a week or two to get to know it better. From steep mountain passes to the rolling valleys, your eyes will never get tired of looking as they’ll see something new around every corner.

You can set up camp at one of the mountain campgrounds or stay in a hotel in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or any of the other towns in the area. Explore 270 miles of roadways and 800 miles of trails. Look for wildlife including whitetail deer, bears, ton of birds, rabbits, raccoons, opossums and more.

Since a half million acres is too much to cover in even two weeks, you’ll need to pick out a few things to do; and then plan on another trip to see some of the other things the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Cades Cove Valley

The 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road shows you 19th and early 20th century buildings including a grist mill and barns; plus you might get lucky enough to see deer and other wildlife. The loop travels around the Cades Cove Valley.

Cataloochee Valley

The Cataloochee Valley is one of the park’s lesser visited spots. The valley is surrounded by mountains and features many historic buildings including homes, a barn, a school and a church. Learn about the cultural heritage of the area when you visit this serene spot.

Mountain Farm Museum

This museum is located behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and features 19th century log buildings that were moved from their original sites in the Great Smoky Mountains so they could be preserved. Explore a house, blacksmith shop, barn, springhouse, applehouse and a smokehouse. See demonstrations of historic agricultural practices and gardening. Tour the John Davis house, a log cabin made from chestnut before the chestnut blight of the ’30s and ’40s destroyed the trees.

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Before you head out, be sure to set up an appointment at SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle checked or serviced. And, if you are considering a new vehicle, now is a good time to stop by to test drive the vehicle you want to take on your family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.

You’ll Need This New GMC SUV

The 2018 GMC Terrain has been revealed. The all-new Terrain is entering its 2nd generation and is ringing in the next phase of GMC’s design philosophy

Available in SLE, SLT and Denali models, the new GMC SUV’s bold exterior signals the evolution of the brand’s signature cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements such as the grille and lighting features. Its shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.

Standard features on the Terrain include a driver controllable Traction Select system, which has options for various driving conditions and scenarios. If you get an AWD model, you also get a FWD mode that disconnects the AWD system to optimize fuel efficiency, a useful feature for when you don’t need AWD engaged.

The interior is receiving numerous upgrades, including an expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath the cupholders, a new fold-flat front passenger seat and backseats for more storage flexibility. Inside the passenger cabin, the new Terrain’s interior makes a statement and serves as a fundamental component of the vehicle’s heightened emphasis on refinement and functionality. Elements such as authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive any new or used vehicle. Learn more about the 2018 GMC Terrain and keep your eyes on this space for more information as it becomes available. SouthTowne Motors can also help you with your vehicle’s maintenance with our service center.

Top Events Near Newnan This July

After you pick up a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors, you’ll be ready to head out to various festivals and the circus in and around Newnan and Atlanta. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to have your current vehicle serviced before heading to Atlanta, especially if you think you’re going to be sitting in traffic.

Thursday Outdoor Movies – July 13, 20, and 27

Movies on the Town is a free series of public movie showings at Town Brookhaven. Bring your family and some blankets or chairs to watch some family-friendly films. This month you can catch The Lego Batman Movie on July 13, Hidden Figures on July 20, and La La Land on July 27.

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival – July 16

Celebrate the versatility and deliciousness of tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Enjoy tomato dishes and drinks by some of Atlanta’s best chefs and mixologists. There’s also live music and entertainment. The festival takes place at Park Tavern and is in its 9th year. Proceeds go to benefit Georgia Organics.

7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival – July 22

Head to Piedmont Park in Atlanta on July 22 for some family fun and deliciously cool treats. Celebrate America’s favorite frozen dessert and enjoy live music and performances. There’s also a morning 5K Fight Cancer Walk.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials we may be running. If you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, be sure to give our GM service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

 

Why You Need the GMC Sierra HD

On the market for a truck that works as hard as you do? Here’s why the 2017 GMC Sierra HD ought to be on your radar when you head out to test drive trucks at SouthTowne Motors.

A Host of Features

The 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD features a quiet cabin with triple door seals to block outside noise, hydraulic body and engine mounts to reduce vibration and aerodynamic mirrors that reduce wind noise. The interior also features leather-appointed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim accents on the center console, steering wheel and instrument panel and soft-touch instrument panel and door trim.

Additional features include dual-density foam seats, a huge center console that holds laptops and hanging file folders, 12-volt charging outlets, USB ports, locking storage under the seat on the SLE and SLT models, an 8-inch diagonal color touch radio, IntelliLink, Bluetooth, smart phone integration and HD radio.

Unbeatable Power

With HD in the name, you’re going to expect that the Sierra can pull its weight around. With its new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V8, 445 horsepower, and 910 lb-ft of torque, it certainly can. The 2500 can tow 3/4 of a ton in its bed and the 3500 can handle a full ton.

Great Value

The GMC Sierra HD is priced more competitively than its rivals: the Sierra HD four door 4WD diesel starts out at $47,476, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than offerings from Chevy, Ford, or Toyota.

The GMC Sierra 2500 also gets its excellent gas mileage thanks to the transmission, which is designed to handle all of the torque the engine puts out; and helps with an exhaust braking system. Additionally, the direct injection technology provides fast starts in cold weather, maximum efficiency, low emissions and lots of power.

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Come test drive the new 2017 GMC Sierra HD right here at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia. Learn more about its features and ask any questions you may have. While you’re here, schedule some service with our service department to make sure that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for those summer road trips.

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel

If you are looking for an economical and affordable sedan, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel model. With a rear lip spoiler, tinted windows and sleek lines, this vehicle looks sporty and will catch others’ eyes. Enjoy a classy interior including leather seating and a split rear seat.

Convenience Features

Convenience features include air conditioning, interior air filtration, a full center console with covered storage, cruise control, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote power door locks, four one-touch power windows, a compass, an in-radio display clock, external temperature display, a trip computer, power mirrors, a multifunction remote including remote engine start, power mirrors, Bluetooth, OnStar Directions & Connections and a front video monitor.

Additional features include a heated power driver’s seat, a heated passenger seat, leather seats and rear bench seats.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include intermittent wipers, speed proportional power steering, a rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights, curtain first and second row head airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, a passenger airbag, ABS and driveline traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system and stability control with anti-roll.

Engine, Transmission and Technical

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze features a 2.0-liter engine with an intercooled turbo backed by an automatic transmission. The engine makes 151 horsepower.

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To learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and its convenience, entertainment, safety and security features, stop by SouthTowne Motors to take a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all of this sedan’s features and whether we are running any lease or financing specials on the Chevrolet Cruze.

Georgia’s Best Swimming Holes

The summer’s shaping up to be a hot one and that means that you’ll want to escape the heat at least once or twice this summer. Take your car out to one of Georgia’s best swimming holes the next time the thermometer threatens to burst and cool off under shady trees and cool water.

Tallulah Gorge

This spot gets props for being one of nature’s only natural water slides. The waterfall at Tallulah Gorge is at such a shallow angle and the rocks that it tumbles over are so smooth and seamless that visitors can sit down at the top and slide all the way down to the pool at the bottom. Play on the sliding rocks, swim in the pond, and enjoy the natural beauty of Tallulah Gorge.

Lake Allatoona

Created by a dam, Lake Allatoona is a huge reservoir of water with 12,010 acres of surface area and a maximum depth of 145 feet. Besides swimming, visitors to Allatoona can camp and hunt in the area and there’s a marina and boat ramps for those with boats.

Chattahoochee River

Areas of Chattahoochee River are slow and easy going, making for a perfect swimming spot. Kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and paddle boarding are also popular pastimes along the river. The river is nice and cool on a summer day and the banks are perfect for setting up a picnic.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, this summer before you hit the road for any swimming holes, state parks, beaches, or cities in your vehicle. You can test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV at SouthTowne Motors and find one that’s perfect for you.

Visit Panola Mountain

This summer take a trip to Panola Mountain to enjoy the green scenery and wildlife. Pack a picnic and enjoy hiking, roller blading, biking, archery, boating and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors or stop by our showroom to test drive that new vehicle you’ve been eyeing for your summer road trips.

Panola Mountain offers tons of activities and has many events for those of all ages. Let the kids play on the playground while you relax at a picnic spot, rent a boat, take an archery class, go geocaching, birding, learn how to climb a tree, walk the dog and more.

This park sits on a 100-acre granite outcrop that features a rare ecosystem. Take a ranger-led hike to learn about rare animals and plants or hike the many trails yourself. If you would rather take a ranger-led hike, you’ll need to make reservations ahead of time.

Panola Mountain is located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, which is one of only three in the state. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. until dusk and the nature center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays. It is $5 to park.

Facilities include 1,635 acres, four picnic shelters, a conference room, the Alexander Lake Pavilion, five primitive campsites, a nature center and gift shop and two fishing lakes. The park also features two miles of self-guided nature trails, 20 miles of paved trails and 3.5 miles of guided hiking trails. Bikers and joggers will enjoy the 25-mile paved Rockdale River and Arabia PATH trail.

Pick up an annual pass or pay by the day for the archery range, which is static and 3-D, rent an aquacycle, go paddling and more.

Events include Indoor Basic Archery (August 22, 2015), Immediate Archery (August 23, 2015), a Moonlight Mountain Hike (August 29, September 26 and October 24, 2015), a Saturday Mountain Hike (September 5 and 19, 2015) and more.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle or call our service department to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle checked or serviced.