Travel and Hotel Information


Visitors are welcome! Please call ahead to schedule a visit. The BWFA Headquarters is conveniently co-located with the Farrier's National Research Center (FNRC) on Highway 136 just one mile from Villanow, Georgia, crossroads of 136 and Hwy. 201.


Attention: GPS or MapQuest directions are not always direct to our location or the best exits….. Please use these Travel Directions to the Casey & Son Horseshoeing School also known as the Farriers’ National Research Center & School, Inc. 

14013 East Hwy. 136 – La Fayette, Georgia 30728 (in the small community of Villanow, crossroads of Hwy 136 and Hwy 201)

  • Our school is located off Interstate I- 75
  • 65 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia
  • 35 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 13 miles southwest of Dalton, Georgia

From Atlanta, Georgia, travel I-75 North to Exit #312, Hwy 153, Calhoun (best exit) (This is your last exit full of shopping, eating places, etc.)

  • At the exit ramp, begin counting traffic lights…turn left and go to the 10th light for 2 miles. At the light, Turn right only onto S. River Street. (go 35 mph speed limit !!)
  • This turns into Hwy. 136 West, for 18 MORE miles (for a total of 20)
  • You will go through the Chattahoochee National Forest and may lose phone service.
  • The school and sign with American Flags flying will be on the right:  Farriers’ National Research Center and School

Park in the gravel parking lot at the “Men’s Bunkhouse”  “Deliveries and Office” sign will direct you where to walk. 

Chattanooga, at the Tennessee /GA line, travel I-75 South about 20 miles, (please… ignore all La Fayette exits)

  • Take Exit #345, Ringgold & Tunnel Hill, Hwy 41
  • Turn right; go thru Tunnel Hill approximately 8 miles where
  • You will approach a Traffic Light and a right turn only, Turn Right onto Hwy. 201.
  • You will see a sign to Villanow, 11 miles. When you get to Villanow, the General Store will be in front of you at the intersection and stop sign.
  • Turn left onto Hwy. 136 and drive 1 1/2 miles we will be on the left.

From Dalton, Georgia, exit 335 Rocky Face. About 13 miles (Over a rather curvy mountain).

  • Cross over I-75 and proceed up Dug Gap Mountain. 
  • At the base of Dug Gap mountain, bear right onto Hurricane Road. Follow this road to the T junction.
  • At the T junction, turn left. Follow this road all the way out to the major State Highway. This road is Tibbs road and will turn into Joe Robeson road.
  • When you come to the State Highway 201, turn left. Follow Hwy 201 until you come to the intersection at Villanow. A gas station will be on the left.
  • Turn left onto HWY 136. We are one mile up on the left.

 From Dalton, Georgia, exit 335 (going North) Rocky Face. (About 19 miles).

  • Turn left and go back under the interstate.
  • Go approximately 3 miles and turn left onto HWY 201.
  • Follow HWY 201 for 12 miles to Villanow. At the intersection in Villanow, you will see a gas station on the left.
  • Turn left onto HWY 136. We are one mile up on the left. 

American Flags will be flying above the sign for:  Farriers’ National Research Center and School. Park in the gravel parking lot at the “Men’s Bunkhouse” The sign “Deliveries and Office” will direct you where to walk.

Please call the office 30 minutes prior to your arrival. Thank you. Phone: (706) 397-8909

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