Putnam and Hancock Counties form the heart of Georgia’s scenic, historic piedmont region and complement each other with a wealth of archaeology, culture, history, scenery and internationally acclaimed recreation opportunities. GA 16, the core route of the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway through the rolling hills of both Counties, either pass through or are very close to national forests, wildlife management areas, scenic farmland, large recreation lakes, large rivers, historic buildings and other sites, hundreds of old cemeteries, Native American archaeological sites, parks, campgrounds, trails (birding, hiking and biking), internationally acclaimed golf courses as well as opportunities for horseback riding, hunting and fishing. You may find President Bush fishing Lake Oconee on one of his visits here. Historic and scenic driving, biking and hiking loops off of GA 16 add to the experience. Your hearts and minds will travel through time beginning with the creation of the unique Rock Eagle and Rock Hawk effigies thousands of years ago. The journey continues through the once dominant culture of the Creeks when today’s SR 16 was the Okfuskee Trail, DeSoto’s adventures in 1540, pioneer settlements after the Revolutionary War, Joel Chandler Harris and Uncle Remus, King Cotton, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Amanda America Dickson, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, the development of modern dairy farming, horse racing and on to today’s many attractions.  To enhance your tour, obtain detailed maps from the Putnam Chamber of Commerce (706-485-7701 or epchamber@eatonton.com) and the Sparta-Hancock Museulem (706-444-7462 or teen@mylink.net)