Hartwell Dam

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Paved


0.70 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Handicap Access
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Hartwell Lake is one of the southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah.

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From either parking area, begin this level, paved, out-and-back trail above the shores of Hartwell Lake. From the dam, you can see the boats and activity on the lake and the quiet expanse of the tree-lined gorge below. Benches and a shelter are located at the Overlook Area parking.

Insect repellant is recommended in warm weather. Pets are permitted on a leash. No restrooms are available.

Hours: Dawn to 10 p.m.


From Anderson: Drive west on US 29. Just past the Singing Pines Recreation Area, turn right at the Overlook Area sign. From the parking lot, walk back up the entrance drive, and turn right onto the trail. For a shorter hike to the dam, drive past the Overlook Area, and turn right at the next parking area. (You will need to ascend steep steps to access the trail from this area.)

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | 5625 Anderson Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643 | (706) 717-0813

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Lat: 34.36379435086482
Long: -82.81743362240792