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McDonough, GA

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One of three of the primary filming locations for the wildly popular Burt Reynolds film Smokey and the Bandit, McDonough is located to the southeast of downtown Atlanta. McDonough has roughly 22,000 residents and is in Henry County.

Quick History

McDonough was originally inhabited by the Creek Indian Nation. Founded in 1823, the town saw much traffic, as it was a stop on the New York to New Orleans stagecoach line. As with most of the metro Atlanta cities, McDonough experienced a lot of prosperity due to cotton farming.

Can’t Miss

Miss Georgia USA, hosted in McDonough, is a pageant for young women, with the winner going on to Miss USA. The pageant is a part of the Miss Universe system and Georgia has been the eighth most successful state since 2000 in the Miss USA competition.

Hot Spots

  • The Geranium Festival
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Southern Belle Farm
  • Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center
  • Nash Farm Battlefield


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