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Valdosta - Lowndes County

    Valdosta, better known as the "Azalea City" is a blooming, thriving area that is a testimony to natural beauty and peaceful lifestyle - the very essence of the South. Although Lowndes is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, it remains the home of Southern tradition, hospitality, and character, embracing high ideals and uncompromising values. A gracious community, its friendly atmosphere offers the pristine charm of a "small town" easy lifestyle, yet has all the advantages and indulgences of "big city" living, minus the traffic.

    Discover clean air and spectacular scenery, mild climate, a wealth of adventure and recreational opportunities in every direction. Choose from a kaleidoscope of cultural activities and year-round entertainment. Visit Downtown Valdosta where there is always somthing going on. Whether it's art, literature, theater, music, dance, or intellectual stimulation, you'll find that special something in Lowndes County to enhance your own personal lifestyle.

    World-class amenities coexist peacefully throughout the county's communities. Lowndes County, exuding a combination of high standards and "team spirit," houses several extremely well diversified communities. 


    It's been said, "the cream always rises to the top," and it's no different here. Valdosta regally holds center stage. Proud of its nickname "Winnersville U.S.A.," Valdosta is home to the nation's "winningest" high school football team. Strong athletic competition is far from the only outstanding hallmark of our county seat. Named a "City of Excellence" in 2002, by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine, Valdosta is recognized as one of the top ten of Georgia's best-managed and most livable cities and is a certified "City of Ethics."

    Boasting a major leading regional university, one of the U.S. Air Force's best bases, one of the state's fastest growing technical colleges, a strong manufacturing base, a regional airport, a major regional major medical center with a total care heart center, a new hospital, and a proliferation of shopping and dining opportunities, Valdosta's attraction is clear. Fuel to a thriving engine, this diverse economic base placed Valdosta on the map as Georgia's 10th largest city and newest Metropolitan area.

  •  Hospital Beds: 380
  •  Physicians: 190
  •  Median Cost of Home: (3 Bed/2Bath) $93,000

    Valdosta recently won the first Magnolia Award given by the State for outstanding achievements in the area of housing. A Habitat for Humanity Partner, Valdosta is one of only ten cities in the world to be certified by Habitat International as a 21st Century Challenge Community and host to the final Jimmy Carter Worksite. Aware that growth itself is not as important as the quality of that growth, the city of Valdosta is focused on preserving its charm while meeting the needs of a growing community.

Aware that growth itself is not as important as the quality of the growth, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners remain focused on preserving Lowndes County’s charm while meeting the needs of growing Metropolitan area.

    Just on the outskirts of Valdosta lays an area rich in heritage, tranquility and recreational opportunities.

    Lake Park, located in the southernmost end of Lowndes County, resonates a vibrant environment where residents enjoy countless sunny days on the waterfront.  Year round, you’ll find folks boating, sailing, fishing, socializing or merely relaxing on the crystal clear lakes for which the city was named.  Also known as a shopping Mecca, to residents and visitors alike, Lake Park is home to a large concentration of outlet stores.  A refreshingly peaceful setting, yet equally progressive community, you will find this ”Florida-Georgia Gateway” to be an uncommonly affordable, superb lifestyle.

    Quaint and historic, Hahira, a small golf cart community of 1500, is the epitome of the perfect, “bed-room community,” where residents enjoy a “Mayberry” lifestyle unfamiliar to most.  In January 2001, the City of Hahira was awarded the designation of “Better Hometown Community” for the revitalization and redevelopment of the downtown area.  Citizens have access to a historical downtown where they can shop and dine or choose one of five maintained parks to enjoy the outdoors.  Hahira is an official golf cart community and all of one’s daily needs are within walking or riding distance from one another.  Residents are able to walk or ride from their homes to downtown and shop for food, gifts, clothing, and do their banking.  Hahira is a place where you know your neighbors and people still care about one another.  Citizens enjoy nice parks, clean water and a safe environment.  Excellent fire and police protection earned Hahira second place in the Governor’s Challenge Award.

    As Valdosta continues to grow north, residents are finding Hahira an excellent choice for experiencing undisturbed serenity.  Just a cobblestone’s throw away from everything from couldn’t ask for a better location, incorporating the best of 21st century amenities with the intimacy of your own private haven. 

Where the Past Meets the Future

    First inhabited by the Creek and Seminole Indians, the area opened up to pioneer families via a state land lottery in 1820.  Lowndes County was established in 1825, and the county seat of Troupville, was renamed Valdosta in 1860 as the city was moved four miles, becoming the regional railroad junction and strategically ensuring future prosperity.

    Which a rich agricultural heritage, the county became known as the “world’s inland capital,” famous for Sea Island cotton.  Pecans, peanuts and tobacco emerged as the crops of choice, following the boll weevil devastation in the early 1900’s.  Harvesting the abundant pine forests natural to the area opened up the timber industry, providing revenue sources of turpentine, pulpwood and lumber.  Agricultural continues to be a significant economic force in Lowndes County.

    Valdosta’s business district experienced tremendous growth from 1890 through the 1920’s.  The Valdosta Bottling Company became the second bottler in the world to offer Coca-Cola.  By 1910, Valdosta was name the richest city in America in per capita income by Fortune magazine.

Preserving the Past

 Valdosta Hertage Foundation is dedicated to saving and restoring the remaining historic buildings, homes, and districts of the city.  Three National Register of Historic Districts – Downtown, Victorian Fairview and Patterson Street are included on the Valdosta Driving and Walking Tour, exhibiting over 60 cites.  The Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum along with the Hahira and Lake Park Historical Societies and Museums offer opportunity for citizens and visitors alike to take a step back in time.

    Today, Lowndes County is bustling with a renewed sprit.  Looking ahead, holding the past closely to its heart, Lowndes County continues striving to build a better tomorrow, assuring a successful future, filled with prosperity for its communities.

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Hahira Honeybee Festival
A week-long festival featuring arts, crafts, foodvendors, gospel singing, a 5K run, a parade, a street dance, a beauty pagent, and live bee demonstrations.

A family festival during the day and a blues festival at night at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.

Wild Adventures Phobia
Every weekend is filled with a haunted family adventure at Wild Adventures Theme Park!

Team Moody AirFest
Public is invited to come witness their air force in action with two days of demonstrations at Moody Air Force Base.


Lowndes County/South Georgia Fair
Livestock shows, exhibits, booths, carnival rides, and more at the Valdosta Civic Center.

Midnight Sun
Horse Show and Festival.

Francine Reed Blues Concert and Dance Call Turner Center for the Arts now for tickets! 229-247-ARTS.

Choral Classics
Valdosta Symphony Orchestra presents Choral Classics 8pm Whitehead Auditorium.

Moody Retiree Appreciation Day
Moody Air Force Base celebrates reitred military.

Veterans Day Program
Area veterans are honored during a celebration event at Lowndes High School.

Arts&Crafts Christmas Spectacular
Arts, crafts, entertainment, food and more at the Valdosta Civic Center.

Camellia Show
A flower show held at the Crescent in Valdosta.

Hahira River Run Equestrian Ride
Sanctioned AERC equestrian 25/50 mile endurance race draws 100 plus riders from all over the country.


Jingle Bell Festival
Arts, crafts, a parade, horse-drawn carriages, trolley rides, live entertainment, a Christmas tree lighting, merchants, food vendors and more in downtown Valdosta.

Lighting of Lakeland
Music, food, living windows, Santa and a Christmas parade.

Valdosta-Lowndes County Annual Open House
Open House at the historic Barber-Pittman House, home of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Wonderland
The South's largest Christmas celebration featuring a festival of lights, ice skating shows, 3D laser and fireworks show, and live music. Located at Wild Adventures Theme Park.

Hahira Christmas Celebration
Parade, Bazaar, and Open House.

Lake Park Chistmas Celebration
Parade and Tour of Homes. For More info call 229-559-7470.

Brooks County Christmas Celebration
Parade and Christmas at the Gazebo.

New Year's Eve Party
New Year's Eve Celebration at Wild Adventures Theme Park.