LAKES OCONEE & SINCLAIR
Eatonton is cozily nestled in between Lakes Oconee and Sinclair. The two Georgia Power Lakes offer many recreational options such as swimming, fishing and boating. Nearby areas have picturesque scenery, hiking trails, picnic areas and campgrounds.
Local businesses provide rental and sales of kayaks and canoes as well as watersports and boating excursions.
Briar Patch Trail Park has included the larval host plants critical for pollinator life cycles for over 60 native butterflies, bees and skippers. This volunteer initiative has been on site since 2017 at the request of the City of Eatonton to develop a green ecosystem within city limits. Currently, the Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch project offers an outdoor classroom, observing a working honey beehive, a small pond and several structures for viewing and enjoying the natural elements flourishing within reach. Volunteers are welcome to become active participants in this project, groups are welcome to utilize the outdoor classroom and other features. There is a Facebook page under the name of Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch to contact organizers for tours, events (including weddings) or for more information regarding incorporating larval host plants into your own gardens. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Butterfliesandbloomsinthebriarpatch/.
Lawrence Shoals Park located on Lake Oconee has a full-service campground as well as day-use areas. It has a large picnic pavilion that may be reserved for groups of 30 or more. In addition, the park is equipped with playgrounds, boat ramps and a beach including a beach house with bathrooms and dressing area. Please call (706) 485-5494 or visit www.georgiapower.com/lakes for more information.
Rock Hawk Park located on Lake Oconee offers an outdoor classroom that has hundreds of educational displays along the fifteen miles of trails that surround and lead to the Rock Hawk Effigy. This park also offers traditional and 3D archery.
Lake Sinclair Campground (Putnam Beach) Open mid-April through mid-December, public lake beach access, bath and shower facilities available, boat ramp, swimming and a playground. Please call (706) 485-7110 or visit http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/southern/oconcmp.htm for more information.
Oconee Springs Park Located on Lake Sinclair, this twelve acre park provides ample space for boating, fishing and other water sports. This is a commercial campground with rentable cabins and RV hookups. A public beach with a designated swimming area are available and visitors are always welcome. For more information, please call (706) 485-8423 or visit https://www.facebook.com/oconeesprings/.
Oconee National Forest 37,443 acres of the Oconee National Forest are located in Putnam County. Visitors can camp, hunt and picnic in the park. The park also has horseback riding trails, viewing areas for wildlife and 15 miles of trial for motorcycles or all terrain vehicles. For more information call 706-485-7110 or visit www.fs.fed.us.
Cedar Creek Shooting Range located 15 miles from downtown Eatonton, It provides 10 shooting stations with built-in tables and chairs and includes target distances for both rifles and pistols up to 100 yards. This range, which emphasizes safety and family fun, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Uncle Remus Golf Course
The Uncle Remus Golf Course, named after the lovable character in Joel Chandler Harris’s tales, is a nine hole, public course in Eatonton. The course features 6,780 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.6 and it has a slope rating of 119. Designed by Bubba Ellis, the Uncle Remus golf course opened in 1961. Please call (706) 485-6850 for more information.
Enjoy a great day of golf on our Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish designed 18-hole course recently ranked 3rd in Golfweek’s “Best Places to Play in Georgia.” Positioned within the natural surroundings of Lake Oconee, the Harbor Club golf course touches the shoreline of the lake on six different holes, and Bermuda fairways make the course a joy to play, regardless of skill level. Please call 706-453-4414 or visit www.harborclub.com for more information.
Georgia’s Lake Country: Catch a glimpse of Georgia’s Lake Country. HINT: I am “lodged” at a corner.
N 33° 24.932
W 083° 16.492
Downtown Eatonton: Don’t go too far, or you will “walk” right by. HINT: Beneath the stairwell I lie.
N 33° 19.573
W 083° 23.409
Native Lands: Enjoy an afternoon picnic. Follow the signs for the Rock Eagle Mound to get to a good parking location within .5 a mile of the cache. HINT: Watch for fallen trees.
N 33° 25.105
W 083° 23.079
Pine with a Twist: Easy park and grab… If you’re looking at the crooked tree, you’re looking at me. HINT: Heartwood Acres entrance.
N 33° 26.410
W 083° 20.400
The Color Purple: The Walker’s faithfully attended service here and their daughter, Alice, felt a great sense of security and community. Across the way lies the resting place for ancestors who were inspirations in life and writing. HINT: Look for the painted windows.
N 33° 23.774
W 083° 16.208
Remember that you are in Georgia and in the hot summers, snakes like cool, dark places.