Courtesy Rock Ranch
Published April 01, 2017
As a destination known for bold adventures and active holidays, it’s almost hard to believe the Rock Ranch is most popular among a demographic best described as “chickins.” But these people aren’t fainthearted or easily intimidated; rather they’re simply fans of the celebrated chicken franchise, Chick-fil-A. The ranch was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, who started Chick-fil-A back in 1946, and its more than 1,500 acres have been dedicated to “growing healthy families” since it opened in 1989.
Located just 40 minutes from Macon and an hour from the Atlanta area, the Rock Ranch is in Upson County, where it operates as a working cattle ranch and an “agritourism” destination for groups, families, school groups, businesses and more. Run with the same fun-loving passion and creativity from the minds behind Chick-fil-A, the ranch offers a unique escape into a world of zip lining, train riding, pillow jumping, pony riding, berry picking and cane-pole fishing.
Despite its rural setting, the ranch offers excellent amenities and facilities at an often surprisingly affordable price. There’s no such thing as a typical day at the Rock Ranch, where groups of up to 7,500 guests are free to meet in any of the five meeting spaces throughout the property. The variety of meeting facilities and amazing array of customizable activities make the ranch the perfect setting for team-building events, meetings, stockholder banquets, small planning or leadership retreats, Christmas parties and the ranch’s specialty, corporate family days and company picnics.
The Rock Ranch is a place where visitors of all ages can find an activity or event suited for them, whether they are a group of business professionals enjoying a few days away from the city for a productive weekend of bonding on the paintball field or a family looking to learn some new skills at the archery area. The mission of the ranch is to create pleasant memories and enriching experiences. Through the programs and sizable meeting space, groups are sure to come home healthier and happier.
The gathering areas and meeting spaces are spread throughout the more than 1,500 acres and can accommodate up to 7,500 guests comfortably in climate-controlled indoor spaces and shaded outdoor spaces. Planners can group multiple venues to create the perfect space for an occasion, including Truett’s Barn Main Dining Room, for up to 1,000 guests; the Covered Side Wing of Truett’s Barn, for up to 200 guests; Truett’s Barn Upstairs Meeting Room, for up to 100 guests; the Chick-fil-A Pavilion, for up to 180 guests; and the Carousel Pavilion, for up to 120 guests. The spaces can be configured with picnic tables, chairs, tents and even seating on the lawn or patio with views of the scenic pond.
The Rock Ranch has a professional kitchen on-site that can do it all, from fancy food for wedding receptions and proms to picnic favorites like pulled-pork barbecue and hamburgers. The Rock Ranch even has its own Chick-fil-A production kitchen, so Chick-fil-A sandwiches are an obvious choice for fans of the restaurant. Many of the sides and desserts, like homemade potato chips and homemade blackberry cobbler, are prepared with ingredients grown on the farm. The ranch grows garden vegetables, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, and raises its own hormone-free, antibiotic-free premium beef on-site. It also operates the Farm to Office farm-fresh meal delivery program for its groups, along with a farmers market where groups can purchase farm-fresh produce. Alcohol is not allowed at events at the Rock Ranch.
The Rock Ranch provides its guests with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere along with an unsurpassed servant spirit from its passionate and energetic staff. Each event is looked after by a designated “amazing-day coordinator” who ensures everything runs smoothly before, during and after events. The coordinator helps arrange for groups to experience the more than 35 attractions and games on-site, including locomotive train rides, pony rides, zip lines, a petting zoo, a carousel, pedal boats, cornhole games, hayrides, rock-wall climbs, fishing, sand court volleyball, archery, horseshoes and magic shows.
There’s a reason companies and families rave about their time spent at the Rock Ranch, as the sky is the limit when it comes to what the event staff can make happen. Along with experiences from the farm, like you-pick berry excursions, fireworks shows over the lake and exploring the themed playhouses at Tiny Town, the ranch also works with a team of preferred vendors to take events to new heights. Groups can add unique and sometimes obscure offerings to their events by tapping into the ranch’s great relationships with vendors. Favorites include live-action Wild West shows and gunfights, hot-air-balloon rides and professional monster-truck rides.
Location: The Rock, Georgia
Type of Venue: Off-site, ranch
Nearby Accommodations: Hilltop Garden Inn, Forsyth, Georgia