New Whitfield County Civil War park offers recreation, digital features

Staff Photo by Andrew Wilkins / On Tuesday, Bob Sivick, Whitfield County's administrator (left), describes a Civil War-era skirmish that took place in a natural bowl near Rocky Face Ridge while Jevin Jensen, chairman of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners (right), looks on.

Over twenty years in the making, Whitfield County's Rocky Face Ridge Park will have its grand opening Monday.

The thousand-acre park features mountain biking trails, a lake, facilities for picnics and digitally interactive markers describing its place in Civil War history.

The $4 million effort was funded with about $3.2 million in local, state, and federal government funds, plus about $800,000 in grants from organizations dedicated to causes such as mountain biking, preserving Civil War battle sites, running and general livability.

"It's a testament to the number of types of people that came together to make this one spot," said Jess Hansen, Whitfield County's GIS manager.