Camp, Fish, Boat, Ski, Picnic and just relax!
Located in the Northeast Georgia foothills, Lake Hartwell is home to a multitude of events all year at the Lake. A wide variety of Fishing Tournaments, Wakeboard and Water Craft Exhibitions and Races, Sailing Regattas, Poker runs, and just plain hanging out by the shore will fill your days up with fun and adventure when you visit Lake Hartwell.
The lake covers 56000 acres at full pool (660 feet) and borders Georgia, South Carolina and into North Carolina. It meanders thru the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers as it connects to Lake Keowee on the north end and below the DAM connects to the Richard B Russell Lake on the south side. It is one of the Southeast's largest lakes and has over 80 boat launches, plenty of park areas, and lots of camping sites to enjoy while you are here.
Hart County hosts 222 miles of Lake Hartwell's beautiful 962 miles of shoreline. Lake Hartwell offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Swimmers delight in the sand beaches and designated swim areas located in many Corp recreation areas and campgrounds along the shoreline. Coves and areas of quiet water provide the water skier with excellent surfaces for this sport. Lake Hartwell appeals to boaters of all kinds, whether their specialty is canoeing, sailing or motor boating. Picnicking with your family and friends, sightseeing, and other outdoor experiences can be enjoyed at the many public recreation areas located around the lake.
High Cotton Music Hall
57 Depot St., Hartwell
High Cotton Music Hall, formally known as Bluegrass Express, is located at 57 Depot Street in Hartwell, Georgia.. They offer live music most Saturday nights , featuring some of the best local and regional bands available! For more information visit their website: www.highcottonmusichall.com.
Cateechee Golf Course
140 Cateechee Trail, Hartwell
Cateechee is an 18 hole semi-private course carved from 380 acres of virgin forests and open meadowland. The site features dramatic elevation changes, from high ridges that afford panoramic views, to low-lying wetlands along Cedar Creek, which meanders through the property, coming into play on five holes. Here, fairways and greens are framed by nature, not houses. As it was when it opened in 1999, Cateechee remains a pure golf club, unencumbered by real estate development. It was recognized by Golf Digest , as a "Four-Star" destination and the sixth best "affordable public course" in the magazine's annual ranking of America's Best New Courses. For more information call 706-856-4653 or visit www.cateechee.com.
Downtown Historic Hartwell
Historic Downtown Hartwell features a variety of shopping, dining, and activities for all ages. Shop with our friendly merchants who offer everything from antiques to original art; decorative interior items to casual clothing, electric tools to garden tools, fine jewelry to unique custom jewelry creations. Don't forget to stop by Hart County 's Farmers Market every Tuesday and Saturday from April to October. Experience downtown Hartwell's variety of dining locations, which range from some of the most popular food chains to some of our favorite hometown flavors. Downtown has easily accessible parking all along the square which allows a great walking view for visitors as they travel around our downtown area. We invite you to "Support Local, Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local in Hart County!" Learn more about Downtown Hartwell by visiting www.Hartwell Mainstreet.com .
Nicknamed "America's Stonehenge", located at 2684 Hartwell Hwy on GA State Hwy 77S heading toward Elberton, just 7.8 miles south of Hartwell, the massive granite guidestones are engraved in 12 languages espousing on the conservation of mankind. These stones were commissioned by an anonymous group in 1979 and were unveiled on March 22, 1980. Some of the languages are archaic Sanskrit, Babylonian Cuneiform, Greek, English, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, Hindu and Spanish. The site is at the highest point in Elbert County and affords a view of the monuments for several miles. Check out the story at the display area next to the site.
Gum Branch Park and Mega Ramp
Vanna Waller Road, just off Old Hwy 29, Hartwell
This fishing facility is perfect for a fishing or boating event. With 7 launch ramps, a T-Dock for 20 boats to tie up, a 50x50 lighted pavilion, bathrooms and parking for 150 boat trailers, it is a great spot for any size fishing tournament or special event. It is located just 5 minutes from hotels, restaurants and downtown Hartwell. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-376-8590 for private rentals.
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Hart County Botanical Garden
Elberton Hwy , Hartwell
The gardens and nature trails are located on a 7-acre tract adjacent to the Hart County Recreation Park off Georgia Hwy 77, just east of Hartwell. The mostly-wooded property is divided by a gentle flowing stream which is surrounded by large maples and populars. www.hartcogardens.org.
Hart County Farmers Market
Downtown Hartwell - Tues. 3:30pm-7pm & Sat.7am-Noon at the HARTWELL SUN parking lot on S. Forest Ave, and Benson St. Hartwell
A variety of locally grown vegetables, plants and fruit from Hart County and surrounding areas.
Hart County Historic Museum
Teasley-Holland House - 31 E. Howell St., Hartwell
This museum has a modest collection of furniture, clothing, documents, photographs and other artifacts relating to the history of Hart County. The collection includes photographs of construction of the Hartwell Dam, the first radio used in Hart County, as well as a foot powered Coca-Cola Company bottling machine. For more information, call (706) 376-8590.
Hart County Quilt Trail
This self driven trail includes buildings and residences in and around the Historic Distric of Hart County/Hartwell. You can check out more information and photos of the Quilt Trail at www.quilttrailhartcoga.com or on Facebook at Hart County Quilt Trail.
Hart State Outdoor Recreation Area
330 Hart State Park Road , Hartwell
Swimming, camping, boating, water skiing and fishing at Lake Hartwell are prime reasons to visit Hart State Park in Northeast Georgia . This location has 78 RV campsites and 16 tent sites. Large mouth bass, hybrid bass, striper, black crappie, bream, rainbow trout and wall eyed pike can be found in the sparkling waters of this 55,590 acre reservoir. The parks boat ramps and docks offer easy access to all water sports. A swimming beach and numerous picnic tables are also provided. www.gastateparks.org/info/hart
Hartwell Dam Walking Trail & Fishing Pier
This beautiful walking trail follows the shores of Lake Hartwell for 2.75 miles. It has a panoramic view of Lake Hartwell and the Savannah River from the top. The trail is paved and has benches located all along the trail. This path is free for all and dogs and strollers are welcome! It is easily accessible from Big Oaks Recreation Area. www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell/
Hartwell Golf Club
755 Golf Club Road , Hartwell
An 18 hole semi-private golf course, Hartwell Golf Club, Inc. provides great golf at a great price in a beautiful casual country atmosphere located in the rolling foothills of north Georgia near Lake Hartwell . Such a great location provides for an ideal climate suitable for year round golf. Bermuda greens and fairways are over seeded with rye in the fall to ensure beautiful greens and fairways year round. www.hartwellgolf.com
Historic Walking Tour
Check out our online Walking Tour Guide. www.vimeo.com/19182124. The tour includes 32 homes, businesses, and historic places around downtown Hartwell. The tour begins at the Hart Co. Chamber of Commerce, where brochures and information about the tour are available so you can walk it yourself!
250 Elrod Ferry Road
The Stables offer horse back riding, lessons and trail rides. They also will board your horse
while you visit Hartwell. You can rent the facility for birthday parties, weddings or family parties.
The Sandbar Canoe/Kayak/Zipline Adventure
3435 King Hall Mill Road,
Bowman, GA, 706-245-4163
Just 25 minutes south of Downtown Hartwell, it is a great half day adventure experience. You can chose to canoe or kayak the Broad River, eat at the Sandbar Restaurant or begining November 2014, zipline down 9 lanes of lines and across the Broad River. They also have cabin and tent rentals for those that want to stay over. Check them out at www.thesandbarbroadriver.com.
Swimming on Lake Hartwell
The following recreation areas on Lake Hartwell have designated swimming areas:
Elrod Ferry Recreation Area, Hart Recreational Outdoor Area, Long Point Recreation Area, Big Oaks and Paynes Creek Campground.
Tri-County Antique Trail
(Map Available at the Hart Co. Chamber of Commerce)
A convenient 65 mile loop through picturesque countryside, with notable historic downtowns to shop and visit. With over 26 antique stores to shop in historic Hart, Elbert, and Franklin Counties, you'll keep coming back for more!
Ty Cobb Museum
461 Cook St., Royston
This museum celebrates one of baseball's all-time greats. The museum is located in the Joe A. Adams Professional Building in Cobb's hometown of Royston, GA. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for fans to relive baseball history by viewing artifacts, original works of art and visual accounts of the brilliant, complex man known as the Georgia Peach. For more information: (706) 245-1825 or www.tycobbmusuem.org/