Parks & Recreation
Hart County is an outdoor paradise just waiting to be explored. From Camping along the shores of Lake Hartwell at one of our many campgrounds, boating, swimming or picnicking in one of our 5 day use recreation areas, running along the Hartwell Dam, hunting in one of our preserves, swimming at the YMCA or watching a local baseball game at one of our two County recreation parks, there is always something to do to keep active and enjoy the outdoors.
Big Oaks Recreation Area on Hartwell Dam
located 1 mile past the Savannah River/Lake Hartwell Dam on the GA side or 5 miles from Hartwell, GA.
Playground, picnic area, restrooms, boat ramp and facilities for handicapped. Small visitor’s Center, where you can request to watch a short informative film on the building of the dam.
Kids can ride bikes and you can walk dogs on a leash.
Join us on the Saturday before July 4th to see the Annual Fireworks display right at the Dam.
Paynes Creek Campground
518 Ramp Rd
Hartwell GA 30643
This campground is located on the Tugaloo River arm of Hartwell Lake in Hart Co., Georgia. Paynes Creek offers a total of 44 sites with water and electric hook-ups (50-amp service). 37 of those sites are waterfront! Shower/restroom facilities are conveniently located throughout the park as are the following amenities: dump station, playgrounds, swim beaches, courtesy dock and boat ramp. Many sites are private with heavy vegetation growing between sites. A new SORBA 9.5 mile hiking/bicycling trail is easily accessible from the campground. Reservations can be made on this website: https://pc.bookmysites.com/reservations/checkout-availability
Hart State Park
330 Hart Rd.
78 SELF REGISTRATION CAMPSITES
Swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing on Lake Hartwell are prime reasons to visit Hart Outdoor Recreation Area 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 park’s boat ramps and docks offer easy access to all water sports. Visitors can also enjoy hiking/biking trails and a children’s playground.
Elrod Ferry Recreation Area
US Hwy 29
Boat ramp, courtesy dock, restrooms, picnic area, playgrounds, volleyball court, swimming beaches and handicapped facilities.
Gum Branch Park and Mega Ramp
On Vanna Waller Road, off Old Hwy 29. This fishing facility is perfect for fishing tournaments and special events. It has 7 launch ramps, a 20 tie up T-Dock, parking for 150 boat trailers, a 50x50 ft pavilion, bathrooms and picnic tables. Please call the Chamber of Commerce if you would like to book a tournament or rent this facility for a private event.
Long Point Recreation Area
Located at the end of Old Hwy 29. This park is loaded with sandy beaches, designated swimming area, kids playgrounds, pavilions and plenty of parking.
Hart County Rec. Department
200 Clay Street
Hartwell, GA 30643
Tennis, playgrounds, basketball goals, batting cages, picnic shelters and baseball/softball fields. Kids of all ages can sign up to play in the many sports leagues that are offered at the Hart County Recreation Department.
YMCA OF GEORGIA'S PIEDMONT
Bell Family YMCA
281 Opal Street Extension
Hartwell, Georgia 30643
Open Monday - Thursday: 5am-8pm, Friday: 5am-7pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, and closed on Sunday. 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.