Southern Cross Guest Ranch: Riders at the lake
All-inclusive guest ranch offering an outstanding horseback riding vacation, unguided riding opportunities, excellent cuisine and delightful accommodations. The 200 scenic, rolling acre property features pool, hot tub, game room, bikes, and more.

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Serenity in Madison
  Andrew -- Aug 04, 2009 02:46 pm
Southern Cross Guest Ranch is one of my two favorite vacation spots (the other being Scotland!).

Our first visit to Southern Cross included staying in a Level 2 room (the rooms are separated into five levels with Level 1 being the 'lowest' and Level 5 being the 'highest.') It was a larger-than-hotel room with a King-size bed and two twin beds, our own bathroom, and a private balcony overlooking the pastures. I highly doubt any Level room is "bad" at Southern Cross.

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Southern Cross Guest Ranch / B&B
1670 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, Georgia

Nearby Attractions & Services

Lake Oconee Fishing
15 miles
Golf Courses
15-20 miles
Gun Club - Skeet shooting
20 miles
50 miles
Historic Madison
5 miles

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Details of Southern Cross Guest Ranch, Madison, Georgia Dude Ranch Details for Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Active Adventure

The All-Inclusive plan includes horseback riding (2x daily), pool, hot tub, meals (3X daily), game room activities, unlimited soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverage (24 hrs), unlimited snacks and desserts (24 hrs), bike riding, and more. A large video selection is available at no charge for viewing in the TV room or in your own room. Our relaxed riding program allows guests to trail ride on their own if they choose. Horses are matched for novice and experienced riders alike, and lessons are available. Nearby activities, not included in rates, include something for everyone: golfing, fishing, boating, shopping, and a gun club.

Typical Day

Horseback riding is the featured activity at Southern Cross. Horseback rides are scheduled twice daily, 7 days a week. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry ' riding lessons are available and horses are personally assigned based on your riding experience and preferences. We’ll supply all the equipment you’ll need to ride, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you choose. OUr relaxed riding program even allows guests the unique opportunity to ride on their own if they desire, but small guided groups are always available. You’ll be encouraged to groom and help tack the horses for a true hands-on and bonding experience. Whether you want to ride lazily across beautiful open pastures, or trot through lush wooded trails, Southern Cross Ranch can accommodate your needs. And if you feel up to the challenge, they offer an optional 9+ mile trail ride at nearby Hard Labor Creek State Park for an additional fee. If you are not a horseback rider, and don’t wish to start, there are non-riding plans with reduced rates to meet your needs.

Age range, type of group

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Southern Cross Ranch is a great place for couples, singles, and families. Guests visit from all around the globe. Leave the rest of the world behind and spend some time in Georgia’s Historic Heartland reveling in bountiful meals, blissful seclusion, and relaxing, joyful evenings.

Sleeping and meals

Each room features at least a king-sized bed, private bath, TV, and VCR. Premium rooms feature whirlpool baths, fireplace, and large TV.


All guest rooms are non-smoking and children must be age 4 or older.

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Southern Cross guest ranch is a premier year-around guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and home to over 100 quality Paint and Quarter horses. Best known for its exceptional horseback riding program and unguided riding opportunities, Southern Cross combines this with delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and personalized service for a complete All-Inclusive vacation experience that will exceed your expectations.

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Noel Detienne
Southern Cross Guest Ranch
1670 Bethany Church Rd
Madison, Georgia 30650
Phone: 706-342-8027
Website: Southern Cross Ranch's Website

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