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Pristine Wilderness Your North Georgia Adventure Beckons

Set in 3,000-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.

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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 Horseback Trail Ride

    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

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

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    Reservations required and recommended prior to arrival. Please call 770.773.2457

  • Beginner Corral Rides & Horsemanship

    Young guests (and beginners who may be young-at-heart) are led around the Barnsley Farm corral with an experienced instructor who will assist with a simple platform mount for this introductory riding experience. The instructor will work with the rider on basic riding position, steering and stopping the horse. In addition, participants are safely introduced to the basics of horsemanship to foster confidence in being around horses.

    30 minutes - $50 per rider

    Ages 3 & Up

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    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. Available for guests age 3 - 10.

    45 minutes - $40 per person

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    Reservations required and recommended prior to arrival. Please call 770.773.2457

Introduction to Air RiflesOpen +

Learn the safety, technique and fun of target rifle shooting. Older shooters will shoot at a range of paper and spinner targets using the latest GAMO gas piston air rifles while younger shooters will learn using the classic Daisy Red Ryder.

Participants must be at least 5 years old. Participants under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

$80 per individual session – 60 minutes

Additional guests:
$80 ages 11 & up
$40 ages 5 - 10

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Introduction to ArcheryOpen +

The Introduction to Archery program combines traditional skills with modern recurve bows. This is a fun activity for the entire family to try a new outdoor sport together. The first step on the way to becoming a master archer, trained instructors provide all of the safety, technique and fun packed into a one-hour class in the outdoor setting of the Barnsley Farm.

Participants must be at least 8 years old. Participants under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

$80 per individual session - 60 minutes

Additional guests: 
$80 per adult
$40 per child (8-15)  

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Introduction to Axe ThrowingOpen +

Axe throwing is one of the fastest growing recreational activities today! In this 45-minute class, learn the safety, technique, and fun of axe throwing at our outdoor venue at the Barnsley Farm. Program begins for youth ages 8+.

$45 per person – 45-minute session

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High Adventure UTV Trail Riding ExperienceOpen +

$375 for up to 2 riders per vehicle
$100 each for additional riders in the same vehicle
$50 each for additional children ages 6-12
Two-hour trail ride
Up to 4 guests per vehicle; 18 guests maximum

Available April through September only.

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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Holiday Garden FeesOpen +

Available Saturday, November 26, 2022 – January 2, 2023

During this time, garden hours are extended until 8 p.m. to take advantage of this seasonal display.

Holiday Garden Fees apply for the self-guided, walking tours:
$20 Adults
$10 Children (ages 6-12)
Complimentary for children 5 & under
Complimentary for Overnight Guests and Members

Availability

The Manor House Ruins & Gardens are closed on certain dates for private events.
This calendar is up to date and only shows availability for those dates that are open to the public.

Payment of Garden Fees is required to enjoy the property for visitors who are not staying overnight or are members.

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Barnsley FarmOpen +

Located below the historic ruins, our younger guests delight in visits with miniature horses at the Barnsley Farm.

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.

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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 canoe. Complimentary fishing poles are available for catch and release fishing.

Disc GolfOpen +

Popular with guests of all ages, a nine-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.

Manor House Ruins, Gardens & Museum HoursOpen +

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. A curated museum shares photos, artifacts and information about the Barnsley family's history at Woodlands.

Manor House Ruins & Gardens Hours
9 am - 5 pm

Please note that access may be limited on certain dates to private events. The booking calendar is up to date for the best availability.

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Garden Admission
Complimentary for Overnight Resort Guests and Members
Adults $15
Children (6-12): $10
Children Under 6: Complimentary

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For more information, please call the Outpost Experience Center at 770.773.2457.

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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