280 East Dougherty Street
Athens, GA, 30601
HOURS OF OPERATION Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
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Directions to the Athens Welcome Center...
From North of Athens, Traveling South on I-85 (from Commerce area): Take exit 149 to Commerce/Hwy 441. Turn onto South 441 toward Athens. Travel 21 miles on 441 South and continue straight onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd for one mile. Turn right onto North Avenue and continue until it ends at the intersection of Thomas Street and Dougherty Street. At this intersection, turn slightly left onto Thomas Street, then an immediate right into the Athens Welcome Center parking lot.
From South of Athens, Traveling North on 441 North (from Milledgeville, Madison area): After traveling on 441 N / 129 N through Watkinsville, you will come to GA-10 Loop. Turn right (east) onto the GA-10 Loop E ramp (Athens Perimeter, 129 N / 78 E / 441 N / GA-10 E). Go about 3.2 miles and take exit 8 (Lexington Rd, US 78 business), turning left at the end of the ramp onto Lexington Road toward Oconee Street. Travel 1.4 miles to the intersection of Broad St. and Thomas St., taking a slight right onto Thomas St. In 0.3 miles, the Welcome Center parking lot will be on the left.
From West of Athens, Traveling Northeast on I-85 North (from Atlanta area): From I-85 N, use the right two lanes to take exit 106 onto GA-316 toward Lawrenceville. Continue on GA-316 for 39 miles. Turn left onto the Oconee Connector. Travel approximately 0.6 miles, then take a left onto GA-10 Loop N (Athens Perimeter). Travel over 7 miles and take exit 12 (HWY 441). At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and continue for one mile. Turn right onto North Avenue and continue until it ends at the intersection of Thomas Street and Dougherty Street. At this intersection, turn slightly left onto Thomas Street, then an immediate right into the Athens Welcome Center parking lot.