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Recreation

Pristine Wilderness Your North Georgia Adventure Beckons

Set in 3000-acres of pristine wilderness, here you’ll find the freedom to have a true North Georgia experience. Watch the morning sun light up the surrounding foothills while on horseback, hike through the woodlands, bike the nature trails or take a slow, relaxing boat ride on the lake. With an array of activities for nature lovers, history buffs, shooting enthusiasts, golfers and more, guests are free to pursue their passions in a multitude of ways or while away lazy days on the porch or by the pool.

Please visit our Calendar of Events to see more activities, workshops, events and programs planned at our North Georgia resort.

We highly recommend calling to make your activity reservations before your arrival to ensure you have the times and selection you prefer to maximize your stay with us. For more information, please call 770.773.7480.

Manor House Ruins & MuseumClose -

The Manor House Ruins, called Woodlands, are the remnants of the original 19th century Italianate villa built by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife Julia. From the first approach on Manor House Lane, a classic boxwood parterre garden leading up to the once grand manor home greets guests. The Barnsley Museum, located within the original kitchen wing of the home, features an extensive display of Barnsley Family belongings that bring their colorful story to life, along with a display of Civil War era artifacts.

Ruins and Museum Hours
Daily | 9 am - 5 pm

Self-Guided Tours
Complimentary to guests staying at Barnsley Resort
Adults $10
Senior Citizens $8
Children and Students $5

Holiday Garden Fees
(11/28/19 – 1/1/20)
Holiday Garden Admission: $20
Children (ages 5-12): $10
Children Under 5: Complimentary
Complimentary for Overnight Resort Guests and Members

For self-guided tours call 770.773.2457.

Please check in to the Outpost General Store

Horseback ridingOpen +

Discover Barnsley Resort’s natural beauty and fascinating history with a guided horseback ride led by an experienced trail guide. Younger guests are introduced to horses via an interactive experience sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

  • Guided History on Horseback Trail Rides

    Enjoy one of our most popular experiences and explore the resort's historic past and natural surroundings from the back of your horse, led by one of our qualified trail guides.

    60-minute experience - $80 per person

    90-minute experience - $95 per person

    Riders are paired with other guests for a group ride. For ages 11 and up. Weight restrictions apply. Ride times vary by season.

    Book online now!

    Reservations required and recommended prior to arrival. Please call 770.773.2457

  • Animal Canvases

    This wonderful interactive experience with our farm animals allows younger children to gently apply non-toxic paints to a gentle horse. For our youngest guests, our friendly goats are also available for painting. Available for guests age 3 - 10.

    45 minutes - $40 per child

    Book online now!

Reservations required and recommended prior to arrival. Please call 770.773.2457.

Wild Mushroom & Herb ForageOpen +

Join one of our talented Certified Guides for a guided Wild Mushroom & Herb Forage experience. Search and forage for various types of mushrooms that may be found on the resort’s 3,000-acre property which could include ramps, chicken of the woods mushrooms, hedgehog mushrooms and more. While on the forage, your guide will provide tips and hints on what to look for in order to best find mushrooms and herbs, and insight on the various mushrooms found. Naturally the mushrooms/herbs in each forage will rotate depending on the season.

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High Adventure UTV Trail Riding ExperienceOpen +

$325 per vehicle
Two-hour trail ride
Up to 4 guests per vehicle; 12 guests maximum

The High Adventure UTV Trail Riding Experience allows guests to travel through 15 miles of Appalachian Mountain foothills across 3,000 acres at the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company at Barnsley Resort. A qualified wilderness guide leads guests on state-of-the-art Yamaha utility vehicles (UTV) through some of the most pristine wildlife habitat in the region. The intensely managed upland habitat has encouraged an array of wildlife to call the property home. Rolling hills meet open meadows with expansive overlooks offering breath-taking views. Trail options provide excitement for thrill seekers, traversing over steep hills, ruts, and mud, or offer a relaxing cruise along smooth paths winding through the property. The High Adventure UTV Trail Riding Experience is the best way to see Georgia’s natural beauty. Guests should definitely bring cameras to commemorate the experience, with scheduled stops taking advantage of prime North Georgia views.

  • Minimum age to drive is 16 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Advanced terrain may require a driver 18 years or older.
  • Riders meet at the Beretta Shooting Grounds at their scheduled time
  • Resort casual outdoor attire is recommended. Closed toe shoe or boots required. (Be prepared to get muddy!)
  • A mandatory safety briefing and lesson for all participants takes place immediately before the ride. Helmets and eye protection are provided and required for drivers and passengers.
  • Price includes refreshments and excludes 7% sales tax

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Barnsley FarmOpen +

Located below the historic ruins, our younger guests delight in fun animal encounters with miniature horses, donkeys, goats at our new Barnsley Farm. For an interactive feeding experience, join us for Feeding Time at the Farm, offered daily from 9-9:45 a.m.

Open daily | 8:30am - 4:30pm

Complimentary for resort guests and members and included with Manor House Ruins and museum admission.

Hiking & BikingOpen +

Hiking & Guided Walks

Barnsley Resort's rolling landscape is ideal to explore on foot or by bike. If strolling or cruising is your speed, multiple trails wind along peaceful ponds, over wooden bridges and walkways, and even along the golf course.

View Trail Map

Biking

For more heart-pumping action, tackle one of several trails for mountain bikes or the avid hiker. Our Outpost General Store offers trail maps and can assist with renting resort cruisers or guests are welcome to bring personal mountain bikes for trail use.

Bicycle Rentals

Up to 2 hours - $25 (complimentary for guests)
Half-day (4 hours) - $40
Full-day (8 hours) - $60

Activities on the WaterOpen +

A picturesque 10-acre lake on property is a peaceful setting for an afternoon with the family at the fishing hole in search of the big one in a our well-stocked pond or exploring on a kayak or canoe. Complimentary fishing poles provided to guests for catch and release fishing.

FishingOpen +

Learn the Art of Fly Fishing

Our resort village grounds have several stocked ponds to practice angling with one of our knowledgeable instructors, for experienced fly fishing enthusiasts or a novice wanting to learn the skills of tying a lure and casting a line. 

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  • Intro to Fly Fishing

    2 Hour Lessons

    • Private - $150
    • Semi-Private (2+ people) - $100 per person

    Inquire about excursions to nearby rivers and lakes with expert guides. Rod rentals, lures and flies are available.

    Call the Outpost at 770.773.2457 to reserve a sporting activity

Disc GolfOpen +

Popular with guests of all ages, an eighteen-hole disc golf course meanders through our historic gardens and meadows, offering a fun and active way to enjoy the grounds.

$20 per person.

Complimentary for resort guests.

Rome Tennis CenterOpen +

While we do not offer tennis courts at the resort, we highly recommend the Rome Tennis Center – the nation’s largest hard court facility. The 60-court Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, located on a-30 acre site, is comprised of USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts and includes six NCAA regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, and one exhibition court. All courts have lighting and access to shade structures.

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