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One tank trip: West Point and Pine Mountain

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WEST POINT, GA (WTVM) - The historic city of West Point is where you'll find shops, restaurants, and businesses along 3rd Avenue. A street that sits next to the Chattahoochee River about 40 miles upstream from Columbus and meets the West Point dam and powerhouse and West Point Lake.

The water at West Point Lake at Highland Marina Resort is where all the fun begins where families and friends can boat, fish, stay in a cabin or even play on the beach.

"It's a family resort. We have 40 cabins that we rent, they can come out and spend the day on the water then go back to the cabin at night and barbecue. I would come out here, rent a cabin for two nights, take a boat out and just have a good time," says Kris Ellrich, the owner of Highland Marina Resort.

Boating, swimming, beaching it or maybe you like to fish? West Point Lake is home to the Georgia State fishing championship.

The Highland Marina is also home to a pretty popular guy who signed a guitar hanging up in the resort's shop.

"Alan Jackson was a boat boy here before he became famous," said Ellrich. She added, "We still have his relatives that come down here and fish tournaments with us. So they were able to get some items for us to auction off, so placed the winning bid for that guitar that's now hanging in our shop. From what I understand-- he was quite the character."

The owner says the resort is a place for family fun that makes you feel right at home, "When you get out here, you forget about all your worries and just have fun on the water."

Next, News Leader 9 visited the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain.

"This is a unique place where you get to interact with animals you wouldn't get to interact with at any other animal venue. You have the animals coming right up to you, they're in your face, you're getting slobbered on, you're feeding them, it's just a unique experience," says Kylie Deese, the safari's assistant manager.

Driving thru the 3-mile safari trail over 250 acres, you'll find all kinds of animals from across the world and you'll learn a thing or two.

At the safari, you'll make new friends like Too Tall the giraffe or Elvis the lion, maybe a couple bears, or jump around with kangaroos.

Deese says the drive brings everyone together, "It's a bonding experience, you will have someone get slobbered on, someone freak out, and someone who just laughs the whole time you're out here."

The last laugh for News Leader 9's Brandon Saho was a bison saying goodbye to him in a special way.

Watch the video in this story to see more about both attractions in West Point and Pine Mountain.

Click these links for more information on Highland Marina Resort and Wild Animal Safari.

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