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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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.

2017 GMC Acadia Named a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick


Passenger safety is paramount in every vehicle, let alone a family-focused crossover like the new 2017 GMC Acadia. When equipped with the available Driver Alert Package II, the 2017 GMC Acadia is named a “2017 Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

A vehicle earns a 2017 Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS by receiving “good” ratings in five different crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS. These tests include a small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side-impact collisions, along with roof strength and head restraint tests. Vehicles also need to score at least an “advanced” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for the Top Safety Pick designation.


According to the IIHS, the 2017 Acadia received good ratings for all five crashworthiness tests. 2017 Acadia SLT-2 and Acadia Denali models are equipped with the Driver Alert II Package, which incorporates low-speed Front Automatic Braking, Forward Pedestrian Detection, and Forward Collision Alert systems as standard equipment and are part of the front crash prevention system.

From square one, GMC engineers designed the 2017 Acadia to offer driver and passengers alike with ample protection in the case of a collision. The Acadia’s body structure not only incorporates press-hardened, high-strength steels throughout its design, but also new splayed front longitudinal frame rails that flare outward in order to provide an effective structural load path during small overlap frontal collisions.

The 2017 Acadia offers an expansive suite of standard and available safety features through its entire lineup, all designed to help keep occupants safe. Standard equipment includes eight airbag (including head curtain and front side-impact airbags), four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Stabilitrak stability control, and full-function traction control. A rear-view camera is standard on all models.

The Driver Alert Package I, available on the Acadia SLE-2 and standard on Acadia SLT-1 models, adds a number of active safety features, including Side Blind Zone with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist.

Acadia’s available Driver Alert Package II, which is standard on Acadia SLT-2 and Acadia Denali models, goes a step further, supplementing the Driver Alert Package I features with the following features:

  • Forward Collision Alert, which may help warn the driver when rapidly approaching another detected vehicle and a collision may be imminent
  • Low-speed Front Automatic Braking, which can help reduce the severity or avoid a crash altogether in some situations by applying or enhancing brake effort
  • Front Pedestrian Braking, which can help reduce the severity of a collision with a detected pedestrian ahead or avoid the collision altogether
  • Following Distance Indicator, which warns the driver when following another vehicle too closely
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist, which provides gentle steering wheel input and alerts to help prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of their intended lane
  • Safety Alert Driver Seat, which can provide haptic warnings to the driver when an alert is triggered
  • Intellibeam automatic headlamps

Acadia Denali models equipped with the optional Technology Package go further yet, adding a Surround Vision Camera system, which provides a bird’s-eye view of Acadia’s exterior. The Technology Package also adds Adaptive Cruise Control, which can alter cruising speed in order to keep a driver selected following distance from traffic; and Forward Automatic Braking which uses forward-facing cameras and radar sensors to detect collisions in some situations, and help reduce the severity or avoid a collision altogether by applying or enhancing brake efforts.

The all-new 2017 Acadia models also offer Rear Seat Reminder, which aims to give parents an extra prompt to check the rear seats for occupants or belongings before exiting the vehicle. Although Rear Seat Reminder does not actually detect passengers or objects placed in the rear seat, it works by monitoring Acadia’s rear doors. If one is opened and closed within ten minutes of the engine starting, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running, Rear Seat Reminder will provide an audible and visual reminder to the driver to check the rear seat, once the engine is switched off. You should always check your rear seat before exiting the vehicle.


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Classical Music Playlist


It’s Classical Music Month; to celebrate, you should try putting together a classical music playlist and take it on your next road trip (or listen to it while commuting to work).

If you don’t know your Bach from your Beethoven, but want to create a list nonetheless, let us suggest some pieces for you to include.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, “Fate”: I. Allegro con Brio
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, “Choral”: Ode an Die Freude
  • Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op. 8, “Spring”: Allegro
  • Richard Wagner – The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Frederic Chopin – Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467: II. Andante
  • Edward Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory
  • Johann Strauss II – On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scene
  • Claude Debussy – Suite bergamasque, L 75: Clair de Lune
  • Jean Sibelius – Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Bedrich Smetana – Ma Vlast (My Fatherland): Vltava (The Moldau River)
  • Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72
  • Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va’, Pensiero, Sull’ali Dorate)

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The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


When you want a sports car, be sure to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at SouthTowne Motors. This model has the speed and sound to go with the looks. Add a top notch entertainment system, great security and safety features and a comfortable quality interior, and you have a super sweet car to show off.

Entertainment Features

The 2016 Stingray features Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, Bluetooth streaming, an AM/FM stereo, voice activation, Apple CarPlay, 10 Bose speakers with bass box, SiriusXM radio, OnStar with 4G LTE, built-in WiFi and a hidden antenna.

Exterior Features

The Stingray features 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, heated power adjustable mirrors, intermittent wipers and Solar Ray light-tinted glass.

Interior Features

The 2016 Corvette features eight-way power seats with lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, a console with an auxiliary power outlet, USB ports, storage and two covered cup holders, power tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel, driver information center, head-up display, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, an oil life monitoring system, electronic cruise control, memory package with two driver presets, and a universal home remote.

Additional features include push button start, engine immobilizer, an audible visual alarm, body security content, unauthorized entry, dual zone air conditioning, automatic climate control, rear window defroster, air filtration system, illuminated vanity mirrors and locking glove box.

Mechanical Features

The Stingray features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching. This combination makes 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm and 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Additional mechanical features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes with dark gray metallic-painted calipers, an aluminum frame structure and aluminized stainless steel exhaust with 3-inch tips.

Safety Features

The Stingray’s safety features include traction control, active handling stability control, a rear vision camera, front curb view cameras, OnStar Basic, OnStar Guidance, and several airbags including front and side impact airbags and a passenger sensing system.

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The 2016 GMC Canyon


If you are in the market for a new pickup that has tons of features, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2016 GMC Canyon. This rear-wheel drive model features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine backed by a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This model makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque so you’ll have plenty of power to haul a truck-load or haul a small trailer with your favorite toys.

Interior Features

The interior features heated power front seats with power adjustable lumbar support, a folding rear seat back in the rear, remote keyless power door locks, one-touch up and down windows, front door pockets and cup holders, cruise control, a leather tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a rear view camera, climate control, electrochromatic rearview mirror, illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors and a sun sensor.

Entertainment Features

The GMC Canyon features an AM/FM stereo, six speakers, satellite radio, speed-sensitive volume control, an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB connection. Additional features include Bluetooth, OnStar telecommunications and, if you subscribe to navigation, voice directions.

Safety and Security Features

The 2016 GMC Canyon features front and rear head airbags, passenger airbags occupant-sensing system, dual front side-mounted airbags, four-wheel ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, front fog lights, auto delay off headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, traction control, stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, driver alert package and a post-collision safety system.

Available Options

The GMC Canyon has several available options for the SLT trim level including a bed protection package, GearOn bar, divider and utility rack packages, a trailering package, exterior convenience package and interior protection package.

Additional options include the IntelliLink Audio system with 8-inch diagonal color touch navigation, a Bose premium seven-speaker system, all-weather floor mats, dual-mode exhaust and engine block heater.

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Preparing the Family for a Summer Road Trip


A summer road trip can lead to exciting excursions, but it helps to be prepared to handle whatever the road may bring.

At SouthTowne Motors you’ll have access to an impressive inventory of new and quality pre-owned cars. When you buy from us, you’ll know the history of the car so there’s no mystery and no surprises once you’re on the road. Peace of mind is always good, especially as you take off for unknown adventures.

In preparation of your trip, once the car of your dreams is fueled up and ready to go, here are a few suggestions to help prepare the family for their summer adventure.


  • Make a list of necessary items.
  • Bring a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, blankets and pillows for naps and in case you need to sleep at a rest stop.
  • Pack a cooler with plenty of liquid refreshments.
  • Bring an assortment of snacks, edible fruit and vegetables for munching time.
  • Make frequent pit stops to refresh yourself, stretch muscles and have a little quiet time.
  • Pack light and only what is needed. Space is limited.


  • Pack interactive games, puzzles and movies.
  • Make the trip exciting with frequent stops to take pictures.
  • Let kids send postcards to friends and family from interesting locations.
  • Have kids keep a journal – either written or by drawing or coloring pictures – of the places visited and scenery and wildlife observed along the route.
  • For older kids, bring their MP3 player, tablet or Kindle reader as an added form of entertainment.
  • Keep everyone involved in the vacation.

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Whenever you’re ready to start your summer road trip, or even before, let SouthTowne Motors take care of your purchasing, leasing or rental needs all in one convenient location. You’re sure to find the perfect vehicle for your next summer trip, no matter your destination!

Visit Glacier National Park This Summer


If you are planning a summer road trip, consider driving from Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park in Montana. Driving from Newnan to Jackson takes about 28 hours if you drive straight through, so plan for extra time to get there and back if you want to make this an epic road trip. Once you start out in Jackson, you’ll see some of the country’s best mountains and wildlife at five national parks. The route from Jackson to Glacier National Park is 600 miles. To get back to Newnan from Glacier National Park, you’ll need to plan for a 33-hour drive.

What to Bring

Be sure to bring binoculars, your camera, hiking shoes and cool-weather clothing along with the things you would normally pack for a summer road trip.

The Trip

Start out with visiting Jenny Lake, which rests in the shadow of the Teton Mountains. In Yellowstone, drive past the Yellowstone Lake; visit Hayden Valley to see buffalo, grizzly bear and elk; and soak in the 100-degree Gardener River, which is two miles north of Mammoth Hot Springs. Be sure to stop in Bozeman to grab a cold drink at the 406 Brewing Company.

Head over to Missoula, but be sure to stop at the Missouri Headwaters State Park. Rent a kayak at Brennan’s Wave, grab some great food at Biga Pizza or stop for a cold drink at the Montgomery Distillery.

Once you hit Whitefish, hike the Whitefish trail and take Highway 2 to the Walton Ranger Station. Hike up to Lake Isabel for some great views. Continue on your way north, stopping at various parks for hiking and biking; birding and to take some great pictures.

The route starts on 89 in Jackson, then picks up 90 in Bozeman and 93 near Missoula. The last part of the journey is on Highway 2 from Whitefish to the Glacier National Park. If you prefer to stay longer in one place, you can skip one of the other parks – but have fun trying to figure out which of these great parks to skip!

Visit SouthTowne Motors Before Hitting the Road

Be sure to have your vehicle serviced before you leave on this long road trip. Stop by SouthTowne Motors before you leave; and since this is a long trip, you may have to have your vehicle serviced when you get back. Watch for your service minders!

Need a new vehicle to get you to all of your summer destinations? Check out SouthTowne Motor’s entire selection of new vehicles online or come drop by in person.

Best Biking Trails


After you pick up a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors, get it fitted for a bike rack and then head out to some of the popular bike trails in the area including the Arabia Mountain Trail and the Keswick Park Extension Trail. Pack a lunch to enjoy during a midday break or while you are between trails.

Arabia Mountain Trail

This trail features rushing streams, giant rock outcroppings, farmland, woodland waterfalls and fields that are full of wildflowers. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures of the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and the views at Klondike Park. Take the side trails that link Evans Mill Road, Lithonia and Panola Mountain State Park. Continue on the South River Trail or the Rockdale River Trail at the south end of the Arabia Mountain Trail. Park in Lithonia, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve on Klondike Road, Stonecrest Square/Mall Ring Road, on Evans Road between Rockland Road and Salem Road and on Brown’s Road southeast of Evans Mill Road.

Cochran Shoals Trail

The Chochran Shoals Trail follows the Chattahoochee River for about two miles. It’s located on the northwestern outskirts of Atlanta and is unpaved. The trail runs through the National Recreation Area. Fishing is allowed, so if you can pack your gear on your bike, you can combine a bike ride and some fishing. You’ll find parking for trail access at the north end of the trail on Columns Drive. Or, take Interstate 285 to Exit 22. Take Northside Drive and then Interstate North Parkway. The parking lot is a bit less than a mile after you cross the Chattahoochee River.

Keswick Park Extension Trail

This trail is also known as the Chamblee Rail Trail and is located in Chamblee, just northeast of Atlanta. The trail runs through downtown under Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The northern end is in Keswick Park and the southern end is two blocks from Chamblee MARTA Station. You’ll find many restaurants and businesses just off the trail, so you can stop for lunch without having to pack it with you. Park at Keswick Park to access the trail.

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