Lake Hartwell is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the southeast. It comprises over 50,000 acres of water and nearly 1000 miles of shoreline in Georgia and South Carolina.

Hartwell lake resides on the state line between Georgia and South Carolina, and there are several charming small towns in each state. Because the lake is so large, it can be quite the drive between lake towns, so it helps to get a lay of the land.

Map of hartwell dam and lake by us army corps of engineers

Get more maps of the Lake Hartwell area.

If you’re planning your visit for the first time, you might want to start by learning more about the lake using the links below. Then cruise through the information for each town.

Learn more about Lake Hartwell

  • Lake Hartwell Facts – A quick overview of some of the most impressive facts about Lake Hartwell.
  • Lake Hartwell Marinas – There are several lovely marinas on Lake Hartwell. Find the closest one to you with our helpful post.
  • Boat Rentals – We have two handy resources for you. Find boat rentals in Georgia and South Carolina
  • Find fishing guides – learn more about fishing Lake Hartwell with a fishing guide.

Georgia side of Lake Hartwell

Georgia on your mind sign

On the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell, you’ll find most of the lakefront property is within Hart county and the city of Hartwell. The city of Hartwell is a only about 10 minutes from the interstate, but two other towns – Lavonia and Toccoa – are even closer to I-85. All three towns feature a charming downtown area, local farmer’s markets, several restaurants, and local shops.

South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell

You’ll find that the towns on the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell are just as charming as those on the Georgia side of the lake. With plenty of antique shopping, fine dining, and a hip college town, you won’t have to worry about finding things to do. Learn more about each town by clicking on the links below.

Venturing a little further out

If you’re willing to drive an hour or more from the lake, there are lots of great places to visit for day trips from Lake Hartwell.

There is some beautiful wine country in both Georgia and South Carolina that are an easy drive if you’re willing to sacrifice a day on the lake. You might also enjoy visiting the home of the Georgia Bulldogs or catching a concert in Greenville.

Dahlonega, Georgia

Helen, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Highlands, North Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina