Downtown Covington has become a vibrant downtown, which is a source of pride for the community. Located approximately 30 miles east of Atlanta off I-20, it has a unique blend of shopping and dining experiences that delight residents and visitors alike.
Downtown's beautiful historical buildings are centered on the green oasis of the Square Park, where on many occasions concerts and community events take place throughout the year. Founded in 1822, many buildings in Covington were damaged during Gen. Sherman's March to the Sea during the Civil War, but many historic homes and buildings remain, adding to the city's historic character.
Downtown Covington was named one of the Prettiest Small Towns in Georgia by Southern Living Magazine in 2017, and it was voted Best Town Square in Atlanta by the readers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2018.
Referred to as "The Hollywood of the South," Downtown Covington has been a gorgeous backdrop for more than 100 films and television shows like "The Vampire Diaries," "In the Heat of the Night," "Dukes of Hazzard" and many more. Take guided tours to see famous filming locations and hear stories from behind the scenes, and follow the Walk of Stars around the downtown square to see the names of television and film productions that have used Covington/Newton County for film locations.