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Spanning 56,000 acres, stunning Lake Hartwell flows through the states of Georgia and South Carolina. As one of the southeast region’s largest recreational lakes, it attracts visitors from the six counties it flows through, and far beyond. Created by the Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers, the lake has a shoreline of over 950 miles, which also makes it a fantastic lake for a motorhome camping trip.

Located in the northeast Georgia mountains, Hartwell Lake is right by the city of Hartwell and not too far from the other neighboring cities of Toccoa and Gainesville. For those outdoorsy folks without rigs, RV rentals in Hart County make it easy to explore the surrounding areas. 

Named after the revolutionary war figure fighter Nancy Hart who lived in the Georgia frontier, Lake Hartwell was a part of the Hartwell Project that included the construction of the Hartwell Dam between 1955 and 1963. Built for flood control, generating hydroelectric power and recreation, it continues to be one of the most visited US Army Corps of Engineers lakes. Attracting outdoor recreationists to its vast expanses of open waters for swimming, fishing, boating, and water sports, camping at Lake Hartwell is one action-packed adventure for sure!

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Getting Outdoors

Lake Hartwell, since its inception, has always had an excellent fish population. Anglers flock to Lake Hartwell to fish for bream, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, largemouth bass, and striped bass that also happens to be the most commonly fished species in the lake. Tournaments are frequently held at the lake if you want to try your luck at breaking the previous striped bass record. 

With five marinas and over 30 public and private boat ramps, there is ample access to the lake for boaters. The Hart State Outdoor Recreation Area Park offers a boat ramp, as does the Tugaloo State Park. Canoes, kayaks, jet skis, water skis, pontoon boats, and motorboats are all permitted on the lake. There’s no dearth of boat rentals either, so if you haven’t brought your watercraft along n your RV rental vacation, no problem at all. Sailboats are another common sight on the vast blue waters.

Hikers keen on exploring the terrain around Lake Hartwell have a couple of hiking trails to explore. The Hart State Outdoor Recreation area offers several hiking and biking trails. You’ll also find a couple of trails in the Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area near the border of Georgia and South Carolina. The 7.6-mile long multipurpose trail at Paynes Creek Campground Area is popular too. 

Camping at Lake Hartwell

Park your RV rental at Lake Hartwell to enjoy easy access to the lake’s many recreational offerings. The Paynes Creek Campground COE has over 40 campsites. Amenities at the campground include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, restrooms, and showers.

There’s a playground for kids to run around in and lots of recreational trails to explore. The highlight of this campground is, of course, its proximity to the lake, and boating, fishing, and beach access that you get to enjoy. Pets are welcome here! 

Summer is the best time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Lake Hartwell. The Hartwell State Park has 78 sites available, and offer a couple of amenities including pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and picnic shelter. Let the kids have fun running around in the playground while you get to explore the trails around the campground. With proximity to the lake, you can spend your days fishing, boating, swimming, or just soaking in the calm expanses of Lake Hartwell. This is a pet-friendly campground, so bring your furry friends along. 

Exploring the Area

Hart County campers shouldn’t miss the chance to set aside some time to explore the city of Hartwell. As the county seat of Hart County, Hartwell ha san interesting southeastern charm. From history to golf, botany to the arts, the city has something up its sleeve for everyone. 

Hartwell has a historic downtown area with a couple of buildings making it to the National Register of Historic Places. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center and enjoy a self-guided tour of the downtown area, and don’t forget to get a few pictures clicked at the sailboat statues. 

Adventure seekers should make their way to the Sandbar Adventure Park. Drive-in your Hart County camper rental to the neighboring town of Bowman. This park is a great spot to go zip lining while soaking in the scenic green canopies right below you. Don’t miss it if you’re an adrenaline junkie!

Spend a morning at the Botanical Gardens. Run by master gardeners and volunteers, the seven-acre gardens also offers a jogging or walking trail if you feel the need to get some exercise into your visit. 

Head to the Cateechee Golf Club and sign up for a round of golf. The golf club is built within a nature park, and is an esteemed four-star designated golfing club!

Hartwell is known for its many antique stores, and while you walk around the city, stop by these stores, and you might stumble upon a treasure. 

Hartwell is an easy city for food. You’ll find loads of small local eateries, family-owned restaurants, chain restaurants, pubs, and bars. And, should you want something fancy, fine dining restaurants are available in the city too.

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