Travel 65 miles southwest of Atlanta to the last bit of the Appalachian hills and you’ll find a picture-perfect town known as Manchester, Georgia. Most only know of its existence when passing through in route to Florida or the historical Warm Springs, but we’re here to tell you this tucked away southern gem is a serene, beautiful place to stop.


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Manchester seems to poof from the thin air after driving through the sparsely populated rolling countryside on your way toward Alabama. Restored buildings and picturesque foliage make Manchester look like something out of a storybook.

The town’s square is dotted with local shops, landmarks from history and popular restaurants. If you’re looking for hearty fare, head to El Agave Mexican Restaurant or Fox’s Pizza Den so you can be refueled for another day of exploring.

Trains in Manchester
Trains in Manchester

The gorgeous restored President Theatre boldly stands out among the quaint streets. And trains—lots of trains—chug by Manchester, and have been a big reason the southern town thrives. The town celebrates the prosperity brought by the locomotive industry at their annual train festival.

Some insider tricks before you go, Duck’s Trolley is perfect for when hunger strikes with their selection of killer burgers. Nearby Warm Springs offers the perfect day trip away, while watching trains roll out from the Manchester Railfan Platform is always a delight. The President Theatre puts on a great show in the evenings, make sure to check their packed calendar of events regularly.

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