Sweetwater Creek State Park


If you are looking for something to do, take a road trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park. This park offers tons of activities and allows you to reserve a conference room, your choice of eight picnic shelter and a group shelter. The conference room or the group shelter is perfect for a workplace meeting or gathering.

Jr. Ranger Camp – Level II (Fox Badge)

On Monday, August 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the park will host a day camp for Rangers aged 6 to 12 years who already have their deer badge and want to move up to the fox badge. Activities include various history and nature related events, a hike to the five-story New Manchester Mill Ruins, a pedal boat program, a green building tour, a reptile show and arts and crafts. The cost is $25 and includes the Junior Ranger book and the fox patch. Lunch is not included. For more information call (770) 732-5871.

Sweetwater Creek by Kayak

On Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., enjoy a two-hour paddle through Sweetwater Creek. You’ll be in a tandem kayak. You’ll also take a short hike to the mill ruins so you can see that and whitewater rapids. This event is for those 18 years and older and you must be able to swim. Teens from 12 years through 17 years are also welcome as long as they can swim and have a parent with them. Admission is $25 plus $5 for parking. The kayak, personal flotation device and paddle are included.

Candlelight Hike to the Mill

On Saturday, October 17, November 21 and December 12, 2015, take a mile-ling guided night hike to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. The October and November time are from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and the December time is from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The trail runs alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Admission is $5 plus $5 parking. The park will provide candle lanterns. Ages 7 and older; and no dogs are permitted. Register and meet at the Interpretive Center. For more information call (770) 732-5871.

The park is located at 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, Georgia, 30122.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Be sure to stop by SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle checked for a road trip, have it serviced or to test drive a new vehicle to take to the park.

S’more Recipes

Everyone loves the classic S’mores campfire treat. There’s something about the warm, gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate sandwiched between two toasty graham crackers that leaves you feeling nostalgic. If you feel you’ve outgrown the classic S’mores, why not try a twist on the recipe? Your Newnan car dealer has a few for you to try.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lovers S’mores

Using creamy peanut butter, spread 1 tablespoon onto a thin Nabisco Chocolate wafer. It’s better to use the peanut butter at room temperature so it’s easiest to work with. Roast a jumbo marshmallow over the campfire until golden brown and slide it onto your peanut buttered wafer. Top with second wafer and smoosh together gently.

We all have been there before. Finally getting to the campsite, unloading and going to get the campfire started, but then the weather kicks up and it starts to rain. Have no fear, you can still enjoy a delicious s’mores treat mason jar style if you’re traveling with your RV. Just follow this easy recipe for a family of four.

Mason Jar S’mores

  • 4 tablespoons graham crackers crumbs
  • 1 pack of 4 chocolate puddings
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Four small 4 ounce mason jars

In each mason jar, add one tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs. Open chocolate pudding cups and add contents to the jars. Top the pudding with marshmallow fluff making sure to cover the pudding with enough to reach the top. Using your RV’s oven, do a quick broil so your marshmallow fluff starts to turn brown. Have the kids pick out their favorite movie, sit down and enjoy your s’mores in a jar together as a family.

Salted Carmel Bacon S’mores

  • Graham crackers
  • Bacon
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Carmel ghirardelli squares

Over a campfire in a skillet, cook your bacon until its extra crispy. Lay them on paper towels to let the grease run off. Now roast your marshmallow to your liking. Once finished, open a ghirardelli caramel square and place on a graham cracker. Add the crispy bacon and now you’re ready for the marshmallow. Slide it onto the graham cracker and gently press it all together. Now you’re ready to tantalize your taste buds with a sweet and salty combination that will have you cooking another one in moments.

We hope you enjoy these tasty versions from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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Ergo Chairs on Chevy Assembly Line

There are new ideas forming all of the time for lots of different things. Some companies keep their newest developments and news secret until time to reveal. There are a few, however, that are willing to share everything with you upfront. Chevrolet is one of the ones that is always excited to bring you the latest and greatest news dealing with their brand. They are always on the lookout for new technology ideas and adjustments to their already stellar vehicles. Your local Newnan Chevy dealer wants to keep you in the loop on the newest articles.

The vehicles Chevrolet makes are fantastic and among the best in the industry. There is something else, though, that is making headlines. The workers that are assembling the new Traverse have been given a very unique tool to complete their work. That’s right, they have been fitted with a high-tech pivoting chair called the ‘Ergo Chair’ that raises them to the correct level in order to perform the duties necessary inside. These chairs are said to have the precision of a ballet dancer and are controlled by the body motions of the worker.

Each chair carries the correct number of parts needed to each job the individual performs. They are simply slid into position on the Ergo Chair, do what they have to do, and then are off to the next order. No longer do they need to crawl through openings or hard to reach places to perform their job functions. This newly developed invention for this company is groundbreaking and will give workers an improvement in safety and health while also improving quality of the vehicle.

So far, there are only two plants in the United States that have these awesome chairs. The plant at Lansing Delta Township and also the Spring Hill Assembly line in Tennessee both have seen these in their day-to-day operations. The Ergo Chair is currently being evaluated for use in assembly environments across America. The next time you load your friends and family up in your Chevrolet Traverse from SouthTowne Motors, remember all of the phenomenal work the amazing team performed thanks to the new robotic Ergo Chairs. Come see these fantastic SUVs today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Upgrade on a Budget

2014 Chevrolet Spark Newnan, GA KL8CB6S95EC527620

Many of us desire a new vehicle or perhaps you simply are in the market because you need one. No matter the reasoning for it, or whether you want a new or used one, we will have a vehicle to fit your budget. It’s easy to upgrade that old clunker for something more stylish and technology savvy at your friendly Newnan car dealership. Just take a look at the exciting vehicles we have on our sales lot.

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark LS is just the vehicle to get you where you need to go in style. It’s also a great car if you are trying to become more eco-friendly since it gets 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Just a few of the amazing features of this compact car are satellite communications such as OnStar, a tire pressure monitoring system, privacy glass and more. The Chevy Spark comes in a variety of fun colors as well making for customization like nothing else. We have this car for under $15,000.

Everyone knows that Hondas are exceptional quality cars, they’re dependable and they seemingly last forever. If this sounds like a car for you, check out the 2005 Honda Accord LX we have for sale. This beauty has only 114,700 miles on its 2.4L engine and was well-cared for inside and out. Imagine cruising down the road with this sedan and bypassing gas stations with the help of 34 mpg highway. The gray cloth seats have been treated well and the entire vehicle is cleaned and ready to take you where you need to go. At only $10,995, what more can you ask for?

We have lots of fun and exciting cars and trucks to choose from. We even take motorcycles for trade-ins, so we are able to sell these as well. Right now, we have a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle that has only 6,384 miles on it. It is a 6-speed automatic and is in great condition. The detail is beautiful and it is shiny, clean, and ready to go.

Come see the best in cars, trucks, SUVs and more at SouthTowne Motors. When your vehicle needs service, keep our service department in mind.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic at SouthTowne Motors

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Commanding attention, the new 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT is a vehicle in a class of its own. It is the first in its class to be awarded all five stars for Overall Vehicle Safety from the NHTSA. It is also the first in its class to offer a turbocharged engine which offers up to 40 mpg. With all of these incredible firsts, isn’t it time you saw what else the Sonic has in store? Fairly new on the scene, the Chevy Sonic boasts loads of features and amenities that you are sure to fall in love with. Let’s start from the top.

When you first lay eyes on the Chevy Sonic, you see a sleek and well-planned aero-dynamic hatchback that’s bold and daring. A few of the noteworthy exterior features include a dual-port grille, exposed headlamps, hidden rear door handles and aluminum wheels. Even though you can’t see it, the available turbocharged engine is quite powerful and something to be admired. Along with these exceptional features, this vehicle is spacious and comfortable. Need to take a lot of stuff along with you? There’s almost 50 cu feet of space in this hatchback to tackle that requirement.

As mentioned before, the turbocharged engine that is optional for this vehicle is perfect for both every day driving and weekend road trips. Imagine not having to fill up for almost 500 miles. You could get to a weekend getaway and home again with one tank of gas. Also included in the package is the Hill Start Assist so you never have to feel nervous about rolling backwards again. Stay steady with Sonic.

Along with these exciting features, the Sonic also comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system if desired. This is designed to be used on a 7-inch full-color screen that keeps you up to date and connected to the world you know and love. When you are in park, the car will even allow you to project photos and videos onto the screen from your phone. Enjoy turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth capabilities and SiriusXM radio as well.

See this amazing, eco-friendly vehicle for yourself at SouthTowne Motors today. We have a beautiful automatic transmission model on sale for just $19,315. It also has a stunning fog lamp and wheels package installed for added customization. Make sure to act fast, as it won’t last long! We look forward to seeing you soon at your Newnan Chevy dealer.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

With the arrival of spring and summer fun not far behind, planning a trip to enjoy the great outdoors is on the minds of many who are ready for a breath of fresh air. There is a long list of national parks across the US and in Georgia alone to visit, but if you’re looking for an outing close to home, make a reservation at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park located about 33 minutes from Newnan.

At SouthTowne, let us help you find the perfect ride for your visit to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Choose from our inventory of Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac pre-owned and certified pre-owned models and travel in comfort and style.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

The nearly 3000-acre park is one of the largest with the majority of the acreage remaining in a natural state. Visitors can enjoy six miles along tree-lined trails for up-close, but careful, wildlife observations, hiking, bird watching, and photographing natural habitats.

The park resides along five miles of the Chattahoochee River and if water activities are your favorite pastime, you’ll have plenty to do including fishing, canoeing and paddling. Bring your boat and use the convenient ramp for a leisurely ride along the river or rent a kayak or canoe for a scenic experience.

You can also take advantage of scheduled activities throughout the year such as guided hikes. On these outings, you’ll learn about native snakes, plants and birds of prey from park experts.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers plenty of campsites for including RV, tent only, tent walk-in campsites. For the adventurous, there’s backcountry and paddle-in sites, primitive campsites, screened in Adirondack group camping, and riverside platform sites.The park also has a picnic shelter you can reserve, a playground, and a gift shop.

The park is a perfect destination for a day trip to observe and explore the beauty of southwest Georgia. If your plans include an overnight stay, choose from a variety of lodgings near the park that include choices from local hotels and motels.

Additional points of interest near Newnan to consider on your itinerary include McIntosh Reserve Park for horseback riding and a self-guided tour of Dunaway Gardens originally opened in 1934.

Contact us at SouthTowne and let us get you road-ready for your next adventure.

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Luxury Preowned Vehicles at Southtowne Motors

The Cadillac CTS Premium

When you’re looking for a luxury sport sedan, no vehicle turns heads on the street more than the Cadillac CTS Premium. This Cadillac sedan was designed for drivers who don’t want to do without a single luxury, and they don’t have to, because the 2011 Cadillac CTS Premium is stocked with five-star features inside and out. From the sleek exterior featuring that prominent Cadillac grille to the remote engine starter, multi-function trunk remote, extensive safety features, navigation system and rear glass sunroof, you’ll never find yourself asking for more.

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2011 Buick Enclave 1XL

When you’re looking for a vehicle that will fit your entire family, but don’t want to give up luxury, you’ll love the 2011 Buick Enclave 1XL. Enjoy the luxuries of interior heated leather seats, third-row seating, Xenon headlights, power heated mirrors, a multi-function remote starter and all of the technical frills you can imagine. With four-wheel ABS brakes, front fog lights, stability control and first, second and third-row airbags, you can rest assured that your Buick Enclave 1XL is designed to keep your family safe.

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Already have your practical, family vehicle in the garage? You simply won’t be able to look beyond this 2013 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport. From the long and low design that makes this world-class Corvette look like its in motion even when it’s not. The rear spoiler, coupled with an all black exterior, privacy glass and all-black wheels will turn heads wherever you drive. And when it comes to the interior of your new Corvette, you’ll love the sport seats, compass, tachometer, spacious center console and multi-function remote. If you can dream it, your 2013 Corvette Grand Sport probably has it.

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All of These Vehicles at SouthTowne Motors

All three of these world-class vehicles are right here on our lot at your local Atlanta car dealer — SouthTowne Motors. We’re your home for all of the finest new and certified preowned cars in Atlanta, so stop in and browse our huge selection today.

Truck Month at Southtowne Motors

The month of March is Truck Month and it is the perfect time to get fabulous deals on the dependable Chevrolet trucks you love. The new Silverado 1500 is a sturdy all-American truck that has recently won the North American Truck of the Year Award. Right now, during March, you can take advantage of great deals on this and other Chevy trucks.

The 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab All-Star edition has a total Truck Month value of $7,541. This includes a cash allowance of $3,500 and an extra discount of $3,291. They even tossed in an optional package discount of $750. This is just one of many options offered on this rugged and dependable full-size pickup. Even the Silverado 2500 HD, both the Crew and Regular cab, has a cash allowance of up to $3,500.

This year’s model Silverado packs a fuel economy punch with its 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that churns out 355 horsepower to give you 16mpg city and 23mpg highway. The towing capacity has upped as well and can now tow up to 11,500 pounds. It was also given the highest overall vehicle safety score from the NHTSA. Even the warranties are impressive which includes a 2-year/24,000 mile scheduled maintenance service. The inside of the new Silverado has been redesigned with comfort in mind. The leather seating, wood-grain accents and modern technology all come together to give you the best in luxury when you least expect it. The MyLink infotainment system keeps you connected while the Driver Alert System keeps you focused on what’s important.

Just want to try out the truck? Try a lease option. There are several fantastic deals on leases for a wide range of vehicles, including the new lineup of Silverado. You can get a Silverado 1500 for $299 per month on a 36 month lease for 36 months for well-qualified lessees. When you’re ready for your next truck, remember to visit SouthTowne Motors to get all of the best deals on Chevy trucks during Truck Month. You might be surprised just how much you can save. We look forward to being able to serve you.

The Chevy Silverado is the North American Truck of the Year!

2014 Chevy Silverado Fuel-efficient Pickup Exterior

Chevrolet has always been a brand that you can rely on. Their amazing quality vehicles and modern technology advancements keep this brand above the others. Due to their dedication to service and quality, they have been able to claim both awards this year at the North American International Auto Show. The all-new Chevy Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 took both spots for Car and Truck of the Year. This is actually only the third time in the Show’s 21-year history that one automaker collected both awards.

The Chevy Silverado was recognized for its available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine which churns out over 350 horsepower. This incredible amount of power gives you unrivaled towing and hauling ability and yet switches to use only four cylinders when needed. With an estimated fuel economy of 23 miles to the gallon, this awesome truck is the best in class for any V8 pickup. In addition to this, the Silverado 1500 HD also has a perfect overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Silverado won the Truck of the Year award with no question. The points tallied at the end of the NAIAS showed it with a leading 219 points. Second place was the Jeep Cherokee with 174 points and then the Acura MDX with just 97. This was a landslide win for this truck and for the bowtie brand. After viewing some of the great features and options of this vehicle, it’s understandable why it won.

This truck went through 13 million miles of testing which resulted in a smarter, stronger and more capable truck. The Max Trailering Package makes it easy to tow up to 12,000 pounds and includes enhancements such as a CornerStep rear bumper and removable cargo tie-downs. The technology in this truck is stellar and comes with their MyLink infotainment system which lets you stay connected to what matters to you.

Right now during Chevrolet’s Truck Month, you can rest assured knowing that you are driving away in the safest and most secure truck out there. When you are ready to get into a Silverado, come check out the great inventory we have over at SouthTowne Motors. No matter what you are looking for, our outstanding service team will help you every step of the way.

Silverado HD

The exceptional team over at Chevrolet have done it again. This time, they have redefined the work truck better than ever. The new 2015 Silverado HD packs a serious punch and is more truck than you could possibly ask for. Here, we will focus on some of the major improvements that have been made to this already stellar vehicle. If you are looking for a great new work truck, this is it. Check out the new features and technology advancements that this beast of a truck boasts.

The new 2500 and 3500 trims are a wonderful sight to behold. The exterior is just as beautiful as the interior and has tons of added bonuses such as triple-sealed doors and stiffer construction. Even the aerodynamics have been improved upon to make it more efficient. The inside of the new cab for this truck include a wide range of USB ports, power ports and SD card ports. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is included in all models except for the basic truck.

The towing capacity of this truck has gained a ton of power, no pun intended. It can now withstand up to 7,374 pounds of cargo in the rolled-steel bed. Need to tow more? No problem. Hook up the available factory hitch and you are set to tow up to 19,600 pounds. This is a fantastic jump from before and is up 1,600 pounds over last year’s model. The maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity is now at 23,300 pounds.

As far as safety technology features go, they are now including optional gear such as a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system. There is also an optional Active Safety Seat that can help alert you to danger. Stability control with sway control helps keep your trailer in line and from toppling over around corners. This is standard on all models as is the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate. One of the most fascinating new aspects of this truck is that is can use natural gas. This is a huge advancement in the auto industry and is offered on all configurations.

This truck will save you money on fuel, is great for cargo, amazing at towing and looks fantastic. When you’re ready for your Silverado HD, come see the best at SouthTowne Motors.