10 Things to Do at The Rock Ranch
The founder of Chick-fil-A, Truett Cathy, established The Rock Ranch, a 1,500-acre agritourism destination, to give kids a taste of farm life. On the working farm and cattle ranch, families can participate in dozens of hands-on activities. During the summer, don’t miss the 20th Celebrate America event or Fun in the Summer. Make a day, or an overnight trip, out of a visit. Here are 10 things to do when you go. Note: Some activities are seasonal and some require additional fees.
Hop on the Train
Tour the grounds by locomotive! Ride through the acreage and see the covered bridge, the zip line course, crops, animals, and plenty of pretty greenery.
Ride Ponies and Pet Goats
Animal adventures are on site. Kids can go for a guided pony ride and visit the petting zoo, where goats, donkeys and other farm animals are happy to say hi.
Put the Pedal to the Metal
Ride around The Rock Ranch on land or water! Race a pedal cart individually on a paved course filled with bends and turns or take a family cart for a multi-rider drive. Or, take a pedal boat out with a partner on the lake.
Explore Tiny Town
One of the most popular attractions for kids is a miniature town replica. Walk down the main street and step inside small-scale versions of a firehouse, bank, courthouse, automotive repair shop, church, clothing store and more. There’s even a movie theater and town jail; all are air-conditioned.
Zip Through the Trees
Choose between two zip line options. Race over the cornfields on a faster, lower zip course. A taller, longer route charges through the pine trees and over the lake.
Ride the Carousel and Jump in the Corn
A recent addition, the hand-painted carousel, offers unlimited rides for one price. The corn bin, like a giant ball pit, is filled with corn kernels for a unique sensory play experience.
Attend a Special Event
Throughout the year, The Rock Ranch hosts major special events like a Strawberry Festival, Country Christmas Nights and a patriotic Celebrate America festival. One of the most popular is Pumpkin Destruction Day in November, when jack-o-lanterns and old pumpkins get squashed with much fanfare. Check the calendar of events for dates and details.
Outdoor dining options are plentiful at the Ranch. Smoked meats, burgers, fried pickles, fried pies and other Southern treats are on the menu, which changes seasonally.
Host a Campfire Picnic
Reserve a campfire site for a group of 20 or fewer to have a special evening activity. Sites include two picnic tables, a fire ring, and fire wood. Families with reservations can bring food to cook and eat by the fire.
Keep the fun going overnight with a pioneer-style camp-out in a Conestoga wagon! Each wagon has bunk beds for eight, and campsites include firewood and lanterns, water for washing and drinking, port-a-potties and picnic tables.