One of the Southeast’s largest and most popular lakes. Lake Hartwell is 56,000 acres with 962 miles of shoreline and is consistently one of the top 5 most visited Corps in the U.S. and offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Outdoor water-related recreation abounds at Hartwell Lake. Swimmers delight in the sand beaches and designated swim area located in many Corp recreation areas and campgrounds along the shoreline. Coves and area of quiet water provide the water skier with excellent surfaces for this sport. Hartwell Lake 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. Visit the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Information Center. In 2006, the lake had over 10 million visitors. Lake Hartwell is the #1 most visited Corps managed lake in the whole USA. Lake Hartwell is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca River. The lake is created by the Hartwell Dam.
The Arts Center
Operated by the Hart Regional Arts Council and reflects the artists of the area and highlights their work. There are art exhibits and special art events. Artwork is for sale. The center is located on the beautiful town square in Hartwell and close to Lake Hartwell. Come enjoy the art, shop and dine in Hartwell's Downtown Square. See hartregionalartscouncil.org/
Hart County Community Theater
The Theatre runs four plays a year as well as a Children's Workshop. It’s located on 83 Depot St. For more information call (706) 376-5599 or visit the website hartcountycommunitytheatre.com/
Hart County Historical Museum & Chamber of Commerce
The Teasley-Holland House is a one story frame Victorian style structure built in 1881. You can take a self guided tour through the free museum. The Teasley-Holland House is also the home to the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and is located on 31 E. Howell Street. Business hours are 8:30am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. For more information call (706) 376-8590.
Every Saturday night we offer good clean family entertainment, no alcohol or smoking at the Bluegrass Express, just great music. So bring the kids, admission is only $7.00 per preson, (12 and under are free) we always have a good time. The doors open at 5:08pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. For further information or reservations call:
Brooks Preacher 706-376-9192
The Hartwell Farmer’s Market
Opens every Tuesday from 3:30 pm – 7pm at the MLK Parking Lot on Johnson St. and Saturday from 7:00am –noon at the City Hall Parking Lot on the corner of S. Carter St. and Howell from, April – October. All produce is locally grown in Hart County or from a county that surrounds Hart County.
Cateechee Golf Club
Cateechee is a one-of-a-kind golf club and conference center located minutes away from Lake Hartwell. It’s an elegant 40,000 square foot club house anchors this par 72, semi-private golf course that is open for play seven days a week. It is located on 140 Cateechee Trail in Hartwell. www.cateechee.com
Hartwell Golf Club
An 18 hole semi-private golf course. Hartwell Golf Club is located at 755 Golf Course Road in Hartwell. www.hartwellgolf.com
Hart County Wildlife Management Area-GA DNR
1,000 acres of Public Hunting, Primitive Camping, Bird Watching, Picnicking. Managed for quail, rabbits and doves. Also deer and wild turkeys. Directions from Hartwell: Take GA Hwy. 77 south 1.5 miles; turn left onto Liberty Hill Road; go 4 miles to the end of the pavement at Cedar Creek. The area lies to the south.
Center of the World Monument
One reminder of the Cherokee Indians is an area designated the Center of the World. The site was a Native American assembly ground where they met for various councils and with traders from Augusta and other southern locations. The Native Americans bartered hides, furs, and blankets with the traders. The monument is located near the Fabritex facility and marked by a historical marker on U.S. 29 about three miles south of Hartwell.
Hart State Outdoor Recreational Area
Swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing at Lake Hartwell are prime reasons to visit Hart State Park in Northeast Georgia. 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. It’s located at 330 Hart State Park Road in Hartwell.
Lake Hartwell Dam
The Dam has a panoramic view of Lake Hartwell and the Savannah River from the top. Walking along the dam is a favorite local activity for exercise. Convenient parking available at the Big Oaks Recreation Park on Hwy 29, just 5 miles south of Hartwell. www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell/
Pontoon Boat Rentals
Hartwell Marina : All are 24 foot Pontoons for rent. Call 706-376-5441 for rentals.
Harbor Light Marina: Gas,
boat rentals, and launch ramp
The following recreation areas on Lake Hartwell have designated swimming areas: Elrod Ferry Recreation Area, Hart State Recreational Outdoor Area and Paynes Creek Campground
The Bell Family YMCA is a great place to meet people and enjoy the ongoing activities. Putting Christian principles into practice the YMCA delivers programs that will build strong minds, healthy bodies and spirits. They welcome all ages, incomes, abilities, religions and ethnic backgrounds. The YMCA builds new lasting friendships and community spirit by participating in all of the activities they have to offer.
Woody Creek Farm is a Horse
Farm (Hobby Farm) providing horse riding lessons, camps, & trail
Open Tues-Sat. 8am-6pm by appointment.
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