Rising Fawn, Georgia: Georgia Game Park (Gone)

Directions:
Original location along Hwy 11, later incarnation off I-59.
Hours:
Gone since late 1980s.
Status:
Gone

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Georgia Game Park

The Georgia Game Park off I-59 was but a shadow of the original Georgia Game Park on Highway 11. The Hwy 11 location was the real deal with all the live exhibits. Highway 11 had signs lining the road in both directions touting the "cow with 5 legs," the "cat with 5 legs and 6 feet," the "2 tone cat"(a skunk), the "pig with no legs and no feet," the "2 headed calf," etc. It was an animal freak show, and kids made their parents stop there.

They moved to the freeway exit after the Interstate bypassed them, and the place was never the same after that. It became a truck stop.

[Bob, 07/12/2014]
Georgia Game Park

We lived in Gadsden, Alabama and would pass by the GGP on our way to visit a grandmother in Chattanooga or on a trip to the Smokies. The two-headed calf was pretty bizarre, a mounted display in the gift shop, where you could buy the usual cheap ashtrays, Cherokee-made moccasins and hillbilly souvenirs ("electric toilet paper" -- a corn cob with an electrical cord attached). The souvenirs were marked "Made in Japan" or "Made in Hong Kong," the sources of cheap labor at that time.

There was the cow with five legs, also a cat with a similar deformity, and a big sow with, I think, only two legs and five feet. It was a strange and wonderful place where the usual rules didn't apply, and its memory lives on in our family, when the others tease me about my long-term interest in the now legendary Georgia Game Park.

[David Johnson, 07/30/2005]
Georgia Game Park - Vague Recollections

I remember it too! I would pester my parents to stop there as we drove from Valley Head, Alabama, where one grandmother lived, to Rising Fawn, Georgia, where the other grandparents lived. My mother never wanted to stop there - she thought it was bizarre - but one time I prevailed, and I still remember a five-legged calf. The extra leg sort of hung from its back, down one side.

[Lin, 05/31/2005]
Georgia Game Park

In Regards to Steven Douglas tip on 12/14/03 -- I remember the Georgia Game park. It was actually south of Chattanooga on I-59 at the Rising Fawn exit right before the Alabama State line. It is gone now, replaced by a Pilot truck stop. Only the fence that once said "Georgia Game Park" is left. It has been painted so if you didn't know what once was there you wouldn't ever find it. I too had fond memories of stopping here on trips with my family when I was a child.

[Phil Storey, 01/25/2004]
Georgia Game Park

The Georgia Game Park was just off I-59 in Rising Fawn, GA, not far from the Alabama state line. My father's cousin was the owner/operator, so maybe I can scrape together a few pictures of the place. I was just a kid when we'd visit, but I remember she had various malformed animals on the "farm" and a gift shop. By the mid-1980s all the animals were gone and the place was mostly a truck stop. It was torn down in probably the late 1980s, and a "real" truck stop was built on the site. For a long time you could still see the fence reading "Georgia Game Park" from the interstate, but last time I was down that way even it was gone.

[Lisa, 01/05/2004]

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