Located in Bartow County and intersected by I-75, the city of Cartersville is a hidden metro Atlanta gem. Only 45 minutes or less from the best Atlanta has to offer, this charming place incorporates small-town feel with the convenience of a big city. Resting at a population of just over 20,000, this metro Atlanta town is the perfect distance from our city while still offering quaint North Georgia allure thanks to an abundance of green space, a historic downtown, and plenty of attractions big and small.
With easy access to Interstate 75, the average commute for Cartersville workers is only 25 minutes. In addition, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is less than an hour away, making domestic and international travel for work a breeze.
Within the heart of Cartersville, residents enjoy plenty of job opportunities at Anheuser-Busch. Opened in 1993, the Cartersville brewery is known for supplying emergency drinking water for its disaster relief program and its appearance in the 2018 Super Bowl commercial. The company has over 19,000 people employed across the United States in sales, marketing, logistics, supply and manufacturing, technology, legal, finance, procurement, customer relations and more.
Another employment hotspot in Cartersville is found through Shaw Industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Shaw Floors is a branch of its parent company that has a location in Cartersville. In addition, the company recently developed the Shaw Create Centre Offices in Cartersville. These offices are designed to promote collaboration, a healthy lifestyle and inspiration to serve the global company. The cutting-edge facility offers three floors designed with data from Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index in mind. This data comes from a survey that factors in how employees work best in the workplace. The design of this new facility incorporates information from the survey, as well as several other sources to better provide a functional working environment.
Cartersville is also home to a Chick-fil-A distribution facility, Toyo Tires, Yanmar America and more – the area is currently experiencing massive growth in manufacturing and distribution, resulting in an increase in job opportunities on an ongoing basis!
With an average median home value of $188,900, Cartersville has plenty of opportunities for affordable living. The Stiles from Smith Douglas Homes offers new homes near the Etowah River. Homes priced from $218,900 to $269,900 offer up to 3,000 square feet of living space and plenty of southern charm. Future residents can choose from a variety of floorplans, including convenient ranch options.
Smith Douglas Homes also has another Cartersville community coming soon. Jackson Farm is slated to host almost 200 homesites with winding sidewalks, open-concept floorplans, a swim club and more. Located less than five minutes from downtown Cartersville, homes at Jackson Farm will have up to four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and 2,845 square feet of living space.
LGI Homes is also offering a new home community priced from the high $200,000s. Old Gilliam Crossing includes plenty of amenities, including a children’s playground and picnic pavilion. Homes feature the latest in forward-thinking technology with WiFi-enabled garage door openers, programable thermostats and the CompleteHome™ interior package.
Davidson Homes is building new homes in the prestigious Mountainbrook community, which boasts stunning amenities and flexible single-family home plans. Priced from the mid-$300,000s, homes include three to four bedrooms and 2,600-plus square feet of living space with options for owner’s suite on the main and basement home sites. Homeowners enjoy access to a huge swimming pool, luxury clubhouse, fitness center and community greenspace, all while being just minutes from downtown Cartersville and I-75.
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Things to Do
Historical attractions, fine art and intriguing museums are aplenty in Cartersville. Venture over to the Booth Western Art Museum to peruse the largest permanent Western Art exhibit in the United States. This Smithsonian Affiliate museum also features a unique gallery showcasing handwritten letters from every single President of the United States. If science is more up your alley, head to Tellus Science Museum to see the Weinman Mineral Gallery, the fossils wing and the transportation gallery for fun hands-on excitement. Also be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind planetarium shows.
Take a look at Northwest Georgia’s industrial, agricultural and cultural background at the Bartow History Museum. For even more history, explore the Etowah Indian Mounds, the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast that protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. For a more romantic glimpse of history, Rose Lawn Museum offers a glimpse into the past courtesy of a restored Victorian estate that was a Reverend’s home. Enjoy breathtaking architecture and unique stories all in one place. Rose Lawn is also the site of Cartersville’s semi-annual arts and crafts festival, taking place every September and May.
Cartersville also offers plenty of opportunities for nightlife, including live plays at the Grand and the Legion Theatres. The historic Grand Theatre was established in 1910 and has seen several plays, live musical shows and performances. Another popular Cartersville theatre is the Legion Theatre, operated by the Pumphouse Players.
Staying active is easy in Cartersville, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor entertainment. LakePoint Sports, the premier youth sports destination in the country, offers more than 30 year-round sports. In addition, the complex houses a 170,000-square foot Champion Center with the world’s largest continuous wood floor for basketball and volleyball. For summer fun, enjoy wakeboarding at the Terminus Wake Park at LakePoint.
Dellinger Park in Cartersville is home to several softball fields, lighted tennis courts, a two-mile walking trail, football/soccer field, a track, basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, pavilions and a duck pond. Visit Dellinger Park for quick workouts, leisure or competition. The Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department offers plenty of leagues to join for competitors of all ages – from pee-wee baseball to adult softball leagues, everyone has the opportunity to stay active.
Several other hiking trails of varying difficulty are also located all around Cartersville, including the Etowah River Trail, Red Top Mountain State Park and Pine Mountain. To explore more things to do around Cartersville, click here.
Places to Eat
After spending all day exploring the myriad of things to do around Cartersville, you are bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, Cartersville is home to several chef-inspired and themed restaurants to try.
Coined “Georgia’s Oldest Restaurant Without a Telephone,” 4 Way Lunch was opened in 1931 when the establishment’s original owner started cooking hamburgers on Main Street. Open for lunch and breakfast, this restaurant has a simple menu and only accepts cash. Take a step back in time at one of Cartersville’s most historic staples.
Another restaurant with history is Ross’ Diner. Opened in 1945, this timeless diner has limited seating at a u-shaped counter surrounding the interior workings of the building. This classically inspired diner also found its way into film in Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell’s The Best of Enemies movie.
Another must-try restaurant is Appalachian Grill in downtown Cartersville. Known for its unique location under the bridge, this local favorite offers some of the most delicious food in the area. A recipient of the People’s Choice Best Restaurant in 2006 and 2017 and the Most Charming Restaurant in Georgia by LoveFood.com, it is not unusual to experience long waits for an elusive table at this steak house and seafood restaurant. But, we’re sure it’ll be well worth the wait!
Right across the street, Ate Track Bar & Grill is owned and operated by the same crew as Appalachian Grill. This themed restaurant offers a lighter menu, serving traditional American and bar-style food. While eating delicious food and sipping on ice cold, refreshing beer, take in the classic-rock inspired ambiance featuring vintage stereos, posters, albums, 8 tracks and more.
For something a little lighter, head to Cartersville’s first craft brewery, Drowned Valley Brewing Company. Located in the heart of downtown, this brewery is dog friendly, hosts live music and always has a new selection of food trucks available for small meals and late-night cravings. Stay warm inside with several bar games including darts, billiards and Jenga, or cozy up near the spacious outdoor fireplace.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert! The obvious option for a sweet treat in Cartersville is third-generation family-owned Agan’s Bakery. Serving delicious cakes, pastries, cookies and more since 1961, this delicious bakery offers a large menu of your favorite treats baked fresh daily.
Cartersville is home to Cartersville Medical Center, a 119-bed acute care hospital with several specialized wards, including a chest pain center, primary stoke center, level III trauma center, breast imaging center and more. The hospital provides over 4,000 treatments with 300-plus new patients a year serving a 10-county region. With a staff of over 500, including over 350 physicians, this hospital is only ever minutes away and ready to take your case.
Harbin Clinic Family Medicine in Cartersville is another state-of-the-art healthcare facility. The center specializes in family medicine, women’s health, treating acute and chronic illnesses, counseling on lifestyle changes to preemptively fight off illness and more.
With all the fantastic places to live, work and play within Cartersville, it’s no surprise this city is the recipient of several awards. Cartersville is a past recipient of the City of Excellence award, honored by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine. The award is decided based on 14 different categories, including cultural/arts, education, environment, recreation and leisure, social services and more.
In addition, Cartersville was ranked as the No. 31 Suburb with the Best Public Schools in Georgia and No. 45 Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Georgia by Niche.com.
Cartersville is a metro Atlanta hot spot and it’s not hard to see why. With a stellar school system, an abundance of entertainment opportunities and a growing job market, Cartersville in Bartow County is the place to be! To learn more about more opportunities for fun in Cartersville, visit visitcartersvillega.org.