A Great Destination For A Road Trip

Banks County Is Beautiful!

Formed in 1857, Banks County [1] was named in honor of Dr. Richard Banks the son of one of the county’s first settlers, Ralph Banks and wife Rachel. In 1785 Ralph Banks received a land grant from the United States Government for his distinguished service in the American Revolution. The grant awarded the older Banks land on Coldwater Creek in Elbert County Georgia.

Richard Banks earned a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, then returned to his hometown of Ruckersville in Elbert County, where he cared for the medical needs of patients throughout much of northeast Georgia and South Carolina, including the Cherokee Nation. History notes that Dr. Banks was best known for his knowledge of eye problems. He moved to Gainesville, Georgia in 1832 where he died in 1857.


Bates County, deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest [2] and North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains welcomes visitors all year long. In Bates County,  you will enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking and exploring the wonders of nature.


History buffs enjoy visiting the many historical sites located in Banks County. Built in 1793, Fort Hollingsworth was a haven for settlers during Indian attacks. The fort is located on Wynn Lake Road in northern Banks County. An annual “Celebration Of The Fort” is held each year on Memorial Day. For more information, call (706) 754-4538.

Things To Do

There is always something to see or do in Banks County. Spring brings the Annual Leopard Lap 5K, the Annual Chamber of Commerce Picnic, The Annual Summit Racing Equipment Exhibit and NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway and the Memorial Day Celebration at Fort Hollingsworth.

FireworksCredit: Morgue File - Mike7

Summer offers the Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, the Annual Sunday School Celebration at the Historical Courthouse, the Annual Labor Day Festivities and the Annual Cow Patty Bingo. Fall and winter are a quieter time with the Annual Christmas Singing on the first Sunday in December and the annual Banks County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Bazaar and Parade.

Banks Crossing

“Shop Till You Drop!” The Banks County Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors and advises, “Banks county is the home of Banks Crossing, one of the of the most visited outlet centers in the south. Banks Crossing offers over 150 stores with over 1 million square feet of shopping! Conveniently located on I-85 at Exit 149 and US Highway 441, Banks Crossing will surely become one of your family's favorite shopping destinations.” For more information about events, festivals and celebrations in Banks County, contact the Banks Chamber of Commerce, Historical Courthouse, PO Box 57, 106 Yonah Homer Road, Homer, Georgia 30547 or call (706) 677-2108.

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Homer Easter Egg Hunt

The tiny hamlet of Homer, Georgia held the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest Easter egg hunt. A tradition for over 47 years, 80,000 colored eggs are hidden every Easter to the delight of over 5,000 egg hunters. Even though, Homer no longer holds the “official” record, it still touts its annual festival to be the world’s largest egg hunt. For more information contact Homer, 943 Historic Homer Highway, Homer, Georgia 30547 or call (706) 677-3510.


Blind Suzy Bridge

Often photographed, Blind Suzy Bridge is a lovely old covered wooden bridge constructed in approximately 1911. The bridge is located on Antioch Road, just off of Georgia Hwy. 5l.

Atlanta Dragway

Folks in northern Georgia love auto racing. Catch the excitement. Thrill to the thunder of the speedway and cheer on your favorite driver. There are races schedule year-around. For more information and a calendar of events, contact Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce, Georgia 30529 or call (706) 335-2301.

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