The Rock Ranch

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The Rock Ranch
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This place is temporarily closed. The Rock Ranch, a 1,500-acre agritourism destination is great for family fun, field trips, corporate events, or primitive camping. The working cattle ranch, founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, is dedicated to Growing Healthy Families, and boasts more than 35 spectacular attractions! Visitors can experience the farm seasonally, check the website for open dates.
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5020 Highway 36, The Rock, GA 30285-2465
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99mkw
Atlanta, GA85 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We came upon rock ranch by accident while researching berry pick locations. When we visited in early June strawberries were done and blueberries not yet ready, but they had raspberries and blackberries. Not the sweetest raspberries but still a good family activity. We visited the ranch first and worked our way to the "Farm Market" and berry picking section a few hours in. We realized then that there was separate parking for the berry picking so we finished the ranch visit and moved the car down the road so we weren't hauling berries around. Here are some more tips:

1. Don't bother getting the unlimited carousel bands unless your kid likes carousels more than anything in the world. We bought them at the gate for an extra $5 a kid (save money if you ride 3 times). Once inside we saw the vast scope of everything and realized that our kids would be too busy doing other stuff to ride even a second time.
2. Bring water bottles. We found drinking fountain to refill them on side of Big Daddy's vittles (there are likely others around but that's the one we found).
3. Speaking of food, we had sticker shock at first. $8 or so for kids hot dog meal. We discovered that individual hotdog wasn't written on chalk menu but was closer to $3.
4. We experienced almost no lines. The only thing we waited for was paddle boats. Some are just 3 people and sometimes the 4-person boat gets tied up with smaller groups. Think about hitting this early before it gets backed up.
5. Bring some quarters if your kids would like to feed catfish (they are huge!) or goats at the petting area. We don't normally have change with us so we were out of luck.
Written June 7, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kyliesaute
Senoia, GA69 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
My daughter had been to The Rock Ranch on a class field trip a couple years ago - this was the first time we went as a family. What a nice place! For $10/person you can ride a train, go to a petting zoo, ride ponies, bounce in a bounce house or on a giant pillow, go fishing, paddle boating, listen to music, etc. etc. etc. Best value around. The staff was amazingly friendly (gotta love that Chick fil A "my pleasure"!), the grounds and restrooms were spotlessly clean. For extra $$$ you can rock climb or zip-line - we didn't do either so no opinion. The food was pricey, but you can bring your own.

We also stopped at the produce stand, ate delicious strawberry ice cream and bought some great produce.

Can't wait to go back in fall (with the free tickets we were given with our paid admission!). Highly recommend.
Written June 23, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kimberly R
Savannah, GA182 contributions
I'm from GA, but had never heard of this place until recently. It was spectacular. My kids had an absolute ball. There's lots of walking involved, so be prepared for that.
We were happy to learn that they offered military discount since my husband is active duty military. Without the discount it is $10 per person, but that covers all activities except the zip line and produce/strawberry picking. You really can't beat that price for everything that there is to do...train ride, inflatables, bounce pad, Tiny Town, paddle boats, fishing, petting zoo, etc.
We can't wait to go back. Don't forget to wear sunscreen!
Written April 26, 2014
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Dracula23
McDonough2 contributions
If you are looking for a super expensive where ripp-off is the name of the game you are in
the right place. I will never go back and I do not recomend it .Stay away......RUN!!!!!
Written October 19, 2009
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Tammy R
2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
I would love to have given five stars, but I can't because of the over-night portion of our visit. I was very impressed with our day visit to Rock Ranch's Fall Festival. My children really enjoyed themselves. The concessions are a little expensive, but that is usually the case at such places.

I purchased an overnight stay in one of the Conestoga wagons. I was very excited about this because the boys had never camped out before. I was very disappointed in this experience. It was not at all worth the $330 I paid. The wagon was fine, but the rest was not. The biggest issue was we came right before dusk to build a fire and cook the hotdogs. The plan was then to make s’mores and spend some time around the campfire. After trying 5-6 times we gave up on building a fire. I had to call "Nancy" from RR and she came to help. Another family had also called for help. Nancy brought some scrap boards and got a fire going. The logs would not ignite or stay ignited though, so once the boards she brought burned, that was it. We barely got the hot dogs cooked. We ended up having to give up the idea of s’mores and sitting around the campfire because we had gone through all the starter and newspaper left for us. Obviously the logs were too damp to light. We had to just go in the wagon at 9:30 and try to go to sleep much earlier than planned. There was nothing more to do since it was cold and dark. The lantern provided was also insufficient. It was very dim and of little use. Fortunately I had a better quality lantern or we would have really had a problem trying to go to the bathroom etc. The hot dog buns were stale and the marshmallows were stuck together. I doubt I would have complained about the food had the other not happened. I think the wagons are a great idea, but there needs to be some modifications to make it more enjoyable or either charge much less. It was not the experience I had hoped for. On the way out the other camper stopped to say cows were blocking the exit. She ended up following me because I was in a big SUV and able to get out. That was actually quite funny and the highlight of the camping experience. I do want to commend Nancy because she was very kind and tried her best to help us. I appreciated her coming back out to try to get a fire going for us, even if it didn’t last long. I do feel I overpaid for this experience and for that reason I can't recommend it unless changes are made. I did reach out to RR prior to posting my review in attempt to possibly reach a resolution and have a conversation about it. They apologized, but that was all.

I would love to bring my children back, but only if I knew the experience would be better. I just don’t feel it was worth the price and I wanted to share my experience
Written October 30, 2018
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Jeffrey B
Macon, GA3 contributions
Oct 2011
In October of 2010 my grandson and I spend the day at the Rock Ranch and had a great experience. Over the next year I told many how great the Rock Ranch was. Great attitudes from employees, not standing in line for exceptionally long time, how clean every thing was and so on.

My grandson and I enjoyed it so much the year before we went back October 8, 2011 even thaw we had a nice time was not as enjoyable as the year before. About 2 PM my grandson and I went to get a snow cone and ice cream. So on the way over to the store we stopped used the restroom and washed our hands. Both paper towel dispensers where out of towels. All so the sinks and sink area needed attention. I saw a Rock Ranch employee on our way to the store and informed her of the condition of the restroom and need to put some paper towels in the dispensers.

My grandson and I went to get a snow cone and ice cream and the area for getting the syrup for the snow cone could have used some cleaning. So we went out and sat at one of the two tables on the side of the store and the table was out right nasty to the point we could not use it. Thank goodness at least the chairs where clean.

We sat there and finished our snow cone and ice cream. Standing in line to got the two and sitting and enjoying it most have been at least 30 to 45 minutes or more. When we got done of coarse a 6 year old eating a snow cone needs to wash his hands. So we went back to the same restroom and guess what it was still need of some cleaning and paper towels!

So once again on the way out I saw a Rock Ranch employee and told her about the problems in the restroom. I was TOTALLY disturbed that she could not even speak English and understand what I was saying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With all the American citizens needing a job you hire a person that’s citizenship is in question and cannot even understand what I was saying!!!!!!!! Have to wonder if she was even here legally!

Even thaw many of the employees where very nice many did not give off good vibes like the year before from buying tickets to leaving to go home on the trailer pulled by the tractor back to the parking lot. The lines where ridicules and wait time too long. I quite going other places because after paying to spend more time in line then enjoying our self. I talked to others while at the Rock Ranch today and they had many of the same concerns as I.

I sent the Rock Ranch an email with my concerns and have not even gotten the curtsy of a reply. Have to wonder why???????

I might give the Rock Ranch one more try and if things have not improved it will be my last time. I all so will inform those I told how nice it was the year before my experience this year. I am sure there will be many that have the same feelings as I about employees that cannot even speak English.
Written October 18, 2011
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slvf7
Mount Pleasant, SC29 contributions
Oct 2019
We enjoyed a beautiful fall Saturday roaming around Rock Ranch. It is a clean wholesome place to take your entire family. There are tons of things for young children to teenagers to do (zip line, canoe and paddleboating, fishing, and the list goes on. There are places to get sandwiches and ice cream.
Written October 17, 2019
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AshleyJackson524
Atlanta, GA179 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Today we went to the Rock Ranch for a Homeschool Field Trip. At the ranch were also a few bus loads of public school children on a field trip as well.
We are part of a Homeschool community and most places ask for us to arrive as a group and pay all at once. Since we are all meeting up at the destination and only a few carpool, it can be difficult to all arrive at the same time.
Such was the case today as one mother was stuck in traffic.
They were very accommodating and said we could all pay separately and go through the set up stations once everyone was accounted for and we played in Tiny Town until they were all there.
We were so lucky to get to go through the same stations as the schooled children but in a much smaller group.
Clearly the experience on an "open to the public" day would be very different. On this day a lot was closed down for the day (including the zip line and pedal cars) ... however, I doubt they have the hardening presentation or worm encounter open on a public day either.
We brought out own sack lunches which was a good idea as the concessions were high .. but not unexpected.
My children very much enjoyed tiny town and petting the many animals, I had hoped for a chance to pet a cow up close, but they were all grazing.
The blob jumpy thing was amazing!!! I had so much fun on it! Lol.
If you are driving from Atlanta, do plan on an extra 45 min of drive time in the early am hours.
And if you are looking for a good homeschool community in West Georgia, look for NEHC on Facebook!
Written April 15, 2019
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shereen_w
MILNER131 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I keep trying to find different holiday things to do with the grandkids for the Christmas holidays. Stone mountain was so far for us and SO many people you couldn't do much of what is there. pretty pricey as well. Callaway is ridiculous, drive thru half working light show takes 20 min. SO, We tried Christmas at the Rock ranch. It was reasonably priced, doesn't take long and had the most amazing Santa and it didn't take even 3 min in line to see him. We enjoyed it so and the food is all Chick fil a fare. well priced as well.
Written January 6, 2018
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Rachel H
Parker, CO36 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
Our day at the Rock Ranch was amazing! We have a 2 & 3 year old and spent almost 5 hrs at the Ranch. My kids were exhausted, but didn't want to leave. We started with slide hill and then went to a giant "jumping pillow", on a cow train, then to "Tiny Town" which my kids loved! We went on the train ride around the Ranch (we went a second time before we left), and then the 3 yr old went on the pony rides (must be under 48 inches to ride the ponies). I got in the corn bin with my kids, and they didn't want to get out (so much fun). We ate our lunch in the shade (a lot of picnic tables and lawn chairs to sit on) and watched the train go around the Ranch. Visited the animals, goats, ponies, etc, then went through the corn maze (I think we will skip the corn maze next time, our toddlers thought it was too long). There were pedal boats and pedal cars, but we didn't have enough time (if you want to ride them you need close toed shoes). There was also a wagon ride, toddler playground and pole fishing which we ran out of time/ energy to do this visit. We went on Columbus day (other wise it is only open for a few Saturdays and select Sundays October-November). Check the weather at the Ranch before you go. Georgia is hot even in the fall, but we saw that it would be cooler and were very comfortable in pants and t-shirts. No outside food or drink is supposed to be brought in, but we have toddlers and so we brought our snacks, water and food in our bags in our stroller and no one said anything to us. Otherwise the food is higher priced than at Chick-Fil-A ($5 for a sandwich or $8.?? for a meal, etc). The carousel and zip line are an extra fee. Over all I feel that our money was well spent. We had an excellent time and hope to go again on their last Saturday in November when they smash the pumpkins.
Written October 10, 2016
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