Fun things to do in the Clarks Hill Lake region
Wondering where to start your exploration of the beautiful Clarks Hill Lake area? Suggestions for great fun follow:
Family fun day at Adventure Crossing (including a brand new laser tag facility that will be completed in 2008). Banquet facilities are available at this facility.
Water fun at Clarks Hill Lake, the largest man-made Corps of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi River. You can picnic, swim, boat, fish, and just visit with family at Columbia County’s 975-acre Wildwood Park.
Enjoy a round of Golf or Disc Golf at one of Columbia County’s courses.
Tour the International Disc Golf Center at Wildwood Park, the Grovetown Museum (which includes a fascinating look at local military history), and the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem, GA
Outdoor education and information at the Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center
A look at Heggie’s Rock, a large granite outcropping from the same vein as Stone Mountain (only available to small groups with advance reservations)
A Petersburg Boat Tour of the Augusta Canal with a visit to the Interpretive Center. You can also, bike, hike or walk the canal tow path or rent a canoe or kayak and float down the Canal on your own.
Rainy day fun can be found at either Monkey Joe’s or Jump City…both available and fun for indoor fun. Families can bounce, slide, jump and have a great time at either of these indoor facilities filled with fun inflatables!
Paint a piece of pottery at Art’s A Way!
You can always find a place to shop…from the Broadstrokes Gallery in the Stonecrest Retail Center to the Kohl’s at Mullin’s Crossing, Columbia County retailers have everything to meet your needs!
Get back in the saddle at Canterbury Trails Equestrian Center
Explore the Bartram Trail, following the path of William Bartram, America’s first native born naturalist/artist and the first author in the modern genre of writers who portrayed nature through personal experience as well as scientific observation.
Take a walk thru history at the Lincoln County Historical Park. Visit the Groves-May House, Dr. May’s Doctor’s Office from 1900, a 1840 Cotton Gin, 1700 Log Cabin, 1900 Grist Mill and School House as well as many other historical buildings.
Come stay at Elijah Clark State Park (3rd most visited park in the state) and tour Elijah Clark’s log cabin museum which displays furniture, utensils and tools circa 1780. Enjoy a few rounds of putt-putt, play on the play-ground, or walk the nature trails. A day at the park is always enjoyable!
Come experience Clarks Hill Lake! The largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi, with 400 miles of shoreline in Lincoln County on which you will find a lush oasis of sports, recreation, hunting, fishing and camping serenely mingled with nature’s beauty.
Enjoy real southern cooking at Goolsby’s of Lincolnton, steak and seafood at Soap Creek Restaurant or entice your appetite for any of the other fine establishments located in Lincoln County.
Saddle up and go for a trail ride at beautiful Bussey Point. Ride or hike the trails, see the wildlife and enjoy outdoors at the lake.
Visit two wildlife rescue sanctuaries located in Columbia County…Augusta Conservation Education in Appling (web site www.ace-ga.com; telephone 706.831.5969) or Feathered Friends Bird Rescue/Refuge in Harlem (web site www.featheredfriendsforever.org; telephone 706.556.2424)
Take an audio tour of the area. There are currently 3 different audio tours available via cell phone that tell you about the rich history of McDuffie County. Visit www.exploremcduffiecounty.com to learn more.
Clarks Hill Lake is one of the 10 most visited lakes in the nation, boasting some of the country’s best bass fishing and is host to numerous local, regional and national tournaments. If you’re looking for a more intimate fishing hole, try the McDuffie Public Fishing Area, with 7 stocked pond’s for bream, bass and catfish angling.
Hickory Hill, the 270 acre estate of U.S. Senator Thomas E. Watson has been richly restored to its 1920’s appearance.
Play a round of golf at one of McDuffie County’s courses.
Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon exploring the interpretive trails at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area.
Search for one of the many geocaches hidden in McDuffie County, and learn some history while you’re at it!
See a horse show at the Old Frontier Camp the first Saturday of every month.
Love southern, down-home types of food? From down home buffets to BBQ, we’ve got you covered! Try Ivery’s Down Home Cooking, Poppa’s Finest Bar B Que, Cornerstone Bakery and Deli, Neal’s BBQ, or Kent’s Diner.
Stop by Chinaberry Foods and treat yourself to some gourmet goodies; cheese straws, pimento cheese, brownies and a variety of other southern specialties. Looking for souvenirs? Try It’s a Southern Thing, for all kinds of specialty items!
Get down and dirty digging for rocks and crystals at Graves Mountain. The world’s premier location for large, multiple twinned rutile crystals. (By appointment only)
Come play the L! Enjoy a round of golf at Lincolnton’s own Gold de L.
Walk the halls of the historic Lincoln County Courthouse. Built in 1915, it was designed by prominent architect G. Lloyd Preacher in the Neo-Classical Revival style. The courthouse was constructed of red bricks that were made on-site from Lincoln County clay.
Enjoy a cool breeze while relaxing at the Friendship Fountain located across from the courthouse. The fountain commemorates friendships established among the people of Lincoln County and with local, state, national and international communities.
Send the kids to camp at YMCA Camp Lakeside where they can enjoy one of the summer programs offered to boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 17. Resident Camp and Day Camp programs are offered with a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Go camping at Broad River, Bussey Point, Clay Hill, or Hester’s Ferry, some of the wonderful campgrounds found in Lincoln County where the family can get away from it all and just enjoy each other and the great outdoors while swimming, fishing and boating.
Enjoy a picnic at Amity, Cherokee, Eddie Fletcher Park or Gill Point and have a fun filled day with family and friends.
Participate in local sports at the Lincoln County Recreation Department ~ baseball, softball, basketball, swimming and playground.
Visit the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber website, www.lincolncountyga.org for news and upcoming events!