The City of Hawkinsville is known as the "Harness Horse Capital of Georgia," and is the home of the largest harness racing training facilities in the country. The town has had a long history of horse racing and celebrates the Hawkinsville Harness Horse Festival every spring. For recreation, Hawkinsville has the Ocmulgee River, which is great for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing. Along the river bank, the city has Mile Branch Park, which has covered picnic areas, walking trails, camp sites, fire pits, grills, a playground and nice bathrooms with showers for overnight guests to use. For those who enjoy golf, the city is home to Southern Hills Golf and Country Club, which offers a challenging course, onsite lessons, golf merchandise, in addition to an outdoor swimming pool and clubhouse for light meals and refreshments.