Northeast Georgia Mountains / Hartwell

Hartwell Dam & Lake Visitor Center

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
5625 Anderson Hwy. (Hwy. 29)
Hartwell, GA 30643

888-893-0678 | 888-893-0678


The Hartwell Dam & Lake Visitor Center is a great stop for anyone needing more information about one of the Southeast's largest lakes, Hartwell Lake. Big Oaks Recreation Area is located adjacent to the visitor center. At Big Oaks, you will have a great view of Hartwell Lake from the picnic area. Take a walk on a paved (handicap accessible) walking trail that goes along the edge of Hartwell Lake and leads to the top of Hartwell Dam, where you have a scenic view of the lake, dam and the Savannah River.   

Hartwell Lake covers approximately 56,000 acres and offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including swimming, picnicking, camping, fishing and boating along its 962 miles of shoreline.

On the lower side of the dam, along the Savannah River, is one of the newest attractions in Hartwell, Ga.: the Hartwell Dam Fishing Pier. This pier is free and open to the public. Access it by driving to the Georgia River Recreation Area just one mile from the visitor center.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:30PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages