Free things to do when you visit the Georgia International Horse Park:
- Retreat to the Arboretum: Take a stroll through the arboretum ("garden of trees" in latin) located on the Horse Park grounds. The arboretum offers a 5-acre patch of woods with walking trails. Posts and plaques can be found dedicating particular trees within the area to deceased loved ones and friends.
- Conquer the first ever Olympic Mountain Bike Trail: With 1,032 feet of elevation change, this unique course will give Park visitors over 8 miles of a truly exhilarating ride. The trails are open daily for public riding from sunrise to sunset. Bring your own bike and enjoy your ride!
- See one of the many Horse Shows throughout the year: The Georgia International Horse Park hosts numerous horse shows throughout the year, including hunter-jumper shows, western shows, dressage shows, and many others. Most of the horse shows are free to the public and concessions are offered on-site, providing a great place to have lunch ringside. Visit the GIHP calendar of events to find out about upcoming shows. The show season runs from late February to mid-November.
- Explore the Trails by Horseback: The more than 15 miles of horse trails at the Park offer scenic views of the former Olympic Endurance Course, and wind through wooded areas blended with open pastureland and streams. The trails are open for public riding from sunrise to sunset. Trailer your horse to the park, and enjoy!
- Visit the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center: 173 acres of the Horse Park has been designated as a nature preserve devoted to the preservation and study of native plants and wildlife. Enjoy walking the trails around the wetlands, and watch wildlife from the observation platform overlooking the wetlands or on the floating walkway. Explore the Nature Center from the water by utilizing the canoe launch. The Nature Center is open year round to the public from sunrise to sun set. Fishing is not allowed.
- "Cache" in on all that the GIHP has to offer: Geocaching is a family-friendly, treasure-seeking adventure that's sweeping the globe. All you need to participate is a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit or GPS-enabled cell phone, the geocaches you wish to seek, and a spirit of adventure! Four cases are located at the GIHP. The information on where these cashes are located is listed below:
CoC Main Gate
N 33˚ 39.865 W 083˚ 55.879
Welcome to the Georgia International Horse Park, a 1400-acres world class, multi-purpose facility opened in 1995 prior to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
CoC Olympic Rings
N 33˚ 40.360 W 083˚ 55.959
The Georgia International Horse Park hosted in the summer of 1996 the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games and served as the venue for equestrian, first-ever mountain biking competition, and the final two events of the modern pentathlon.
N 33˚39.654 W 083˚ 55.890
Clue: The name of the cache is relevant and a hint in and of itself!
N 33˚ 39.473 W 083˚ 55.890
Enjoy a walk under a canopy of trees to discover this cache. The memorial arboretum was created by the Rockdale County Master Gardeners and features five acres of wooded pathways.