Recreation Areas - Trails

Hartwell Dam Walking Trail – Georgia Side

This trail begins at the entrance of Big Oaks Recreation Area, which is located off of U.S. Hwy. 29 in Hart County, Georgia approximately one mile past the GA/SC border. The trail is 2.75 miles round trip (or 1.37 miles one-way), and follows the shoreline of Hartwell Lake from Big Oaks up to the concrete portion of the dam on the Georgia side. The trail is paved and is handicap accessible. Several benches are located along the trail for your convenience. Other facilities located within Big Oaks Recreation Area are: restrooms, playground, boat ramp, courtesy dock, picnic tables, picnic shelter (Reservable!), and drinking water.

Hartwell Dam Walking Trail – South Carolina Side

This trail begins at the South Carolina Overlook, which is located just off of U.S. Hwy. 29 in Anderson County, approximately one-half mile from the GA/SC border. This .75-mile (one-way) trail follows the shoreline up to the concrete portion of Hartwell Dam on the South Carolina side. For a shorter walk, you can access this trail from the South Carolina Dam Viewing Area, located approximately midway between the South Carolina Overlook and the GA/SC border. The trail is paved and is handicap accessible if starting from the South Carolina Overlook.

Paynes Creek Multipurpose Trail - Paynes Creek Campground

This trail begins at the Paynes Creek Campground boat ramp located on the outside of the campground for year-round use.  Paynes Creek's physical address is 518 Ramp Road, Hartwell, Georgia 30643.  This hike/bicycle trail extends 9.8 miles across rolling hills and beautiful views of Hartwell Lake.  This trail is perfect for all skill levels, from beginners and advanced riders.  Multiple events are held throughout the year that include mountain bike races, single speed bike races, and foot races.  Other facilities located within Paynes Creek Campground are: restrooms, playgrounds, boat ramps, courtesy dock, hunting, and campsites (Reservable!).  For more information please contact the Hartwell Lake Project Office at (888) 893-0678.     

Large Map of Paynes Creek Multi-purpose Trail