Rock Ranch? What’s that? A place where the kids can explore country living and have fun while doing it! Sure, let’s go. Wait…..where is it? 1 hour and 45 minutes away (from me), ummm wait a minute!
I was excited to receive media passes to The Rock Ranch because I knew my kids would have an enjoyable afternoon. The day we decided to actually go, we had some other stuff going on and I wasn’t in a good mood. That morning, my son had a flag football game and it was rainy. Sometimes, the rain brings on a sour mood too – especially if you have to stand outside in it for a long period of time.
After the game, my husband and I sat in the car debating the drive to The Rock Ranch. We went over the pro’s and cons, but the real issue was the distance. My husband knew I was in a sour mood and made an executive decision, “We are going. You need this too. Let’s go and forget about what’s “going on” today and have a fun day. We have an opportunity to enjoy something we probably wouldn’t have ever thought about before.”
And, so we headed to Rock, GA.
Upon entering The Rock Ranch, you see land for days. It’s a beautiful 1,500 acre cattle ranch founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A and is dedicated to “Growing Healthy Families”!
To sum up our experience, we had a Great Time!
We started our trip with a meeting in the Truett Barn. We were treated to a light snack and a history of the ranch. I even tried corn nuggets for the first time. Good! We were able to meet the cast of the Wizard of Oz too!
After the meet and greet with other blogger families, we went on a wagon tour ride of the ranch. We learned that although you know Chick-fil-A sells chicken, they also sell beef! My mouth dropped? They have a cattle ranch, which is initially grass fed. The cows are everywhere. They sell the beef to local restaurants and even in the market at the ranch.
What did the kids do?
Everything! My kids and I were able to zip line for the first time and go through the Oz corn maze. I had a map and still got lost. My husband and son used their sense of direction and we made it through.
They had a petting zoo, a little town for the kids to run though, a giant trampoline that I was so tempted to get on, but I would have been the only adult. That was followed up by a giant slide, that I did get on. There were even little cars, that the kids were able to ride around on.
I forgot to mention rock climbing too!
My husband was able to get a little fishing in, while the older kids and I went on the paddle boat. It was just so much!
While on the tour, we also visited the Wagon Campsite. Remember those old wagons from The Little House on the Prairie? That’s what they looked like. They had 4 beds inside of them, because people actually pay to spend the night out there!
Also, if you want to bring your family for a country get-a-way, they have 1 of 4 houses that are renovated with all the modern niceties for you to enjoy. The one we were able to preview was $255 a night, for a 3 bedroom / 2 bath.
I think my husband’s favorite part was the market! He was able to buy fresh muscadines that are grown right there on the ranch. They were so sweet, he was sharing them with everyone we saw. In the market, they even had a muscadine slushy, apple cider slushy and fresh made strawberry ice cream – it was better than the shakes at Chick-fil-a!
When we left, my husband actually called his good friend and immediately started telling him about our day. He explained it in detail and I heard his friend say, “Yeah Man! I am going to have to take the family up there!”
I am very glad we went and just enjoyed ourselves. Our children laughed, played and ran everywhere. They are still talking about the Rock Ranch Two weeks later. We didn’t even do everything, so we have to make another trip out to Rock, Ga soon.
Was it worth the drive? Absolutely!
The Rock Ranch is $15 a person, but you can visit any Chick-Fil-A for $2 off coupons. Each Saturday, in addition to all the fun I mentioned, there are different themes and events going on. The day we attended, they were shooting pumpkins in the air! The Rock Ranch is open through the holiday season.