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Classic South: Where Nature is a Southern Tradition

Georgia’s Classic South Region’s natural beauty and rich history start in Augusta,
perched on the banks of the Savannah River and home of the Masters® Golf Tournament.

History meets outdoor recreation on the 1845 Augusta Canal’s 8.5 miles of waterway, where visitors can cruise the Canal in a replica canal cargo boat or enjoy a pleasant hike or bike expedition along the towpath. Just north of the Augusta Canal are the Savannah River rapids flowing south from Clarks Hill Lake with its +1,200 miles of shoreline, 13 campgrounds, 11 recreation areas, 10 parks and five marinas.

Augusta’s Phinizy Swamp Nature Park allows views of a variety of wildlife from its nature trails and observation decks through its 1,150 acres of wetlands and swamps.

Nearby, in Thomson-McDuffie County, anglers enjoy the McDuffie Public Fishing Area’s seven ponds full of bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish. Outside the PFA, McDuffie has quite an equestrian and fox hunting community, celebrated with the annual Belle Meade Hunt.

Try your skill at one of three professional disc golf courses at the PDGA International Disc Golf Center at Wildwood Park in Appling, on the banks of Clarks Hill Lake, just minutes from Augusta. Further north, near Lincolnton, ride your horse on trails at Bussey Point or hunt for crystals at Graves Mountain.

West of Augusta is Georgia’s Lake Country – Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second-largest lake. Family friendly camping, boating, fishing and hunting are accented by what Golf Digest magazine describes as one of theTop 50 golf destinations in the world. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is just one of Lake Oconee’s fine resorts.

The six state parks and a state historic site that enhance the East Georgia Region provide hiking on nature trails, camping, swimming, fishing, cottages, house museum tours, and special events.

Explore all six state parks – Elijah Clark, A.H. Stephens, Mistletoe, Hamburg, Magnolia Springs, and George L. Smith – as well as the historic Robert Toombs House.

Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton and Mistletoe State Park in Appling both give access to 71,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake. These parks offer opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and biking.

A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville, just a few miles off I-20, is probably best known for its equestrian facilities. Bring your horse to explore 21 miles of trails and stay overnight in the dedicated equestrian campground. Also enjoy fishing and boating, geocaching, and learning about A.H. Stephens, a key officer in the American Civil War, in the Confederate museum within the park.

Beautiful Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen attracts visitors to the boardwalk spanning its crystal-clear springs flowing 7 million gallons per day to view alligators, turtles and other wildlife near the springs.

The mill pond at George L. Smith State Park in Twin City beckons anglers and paddlers to explore tupelo and cypress tree stands dripping with Spanish moss, and to look for beaver dams and wading birds such as blue heron and white ibis.

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Elijah Clark State Park

Classic South
2959 McCormick Hwy.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
706-359-3458

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Flat Creek Lodge

Classic South
367 Bishop Chapel Church Rd.
Swainsboro, GA 30401
478-237-3474

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Forest Hills Golf Club

Classic South
1500 Comfort Rd
Augusta, GA 30909
706-733-0001

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George L. Smith State Park

Classic South
371 George L. Smith State Park Rd.
Twin City, GA 30471
478-763-2750

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Goshen Plantation Golf Club

Classic South
1601 Goshen Clubhouse Dr.
Augusta, GA 30906
706-793-1035

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Hamburg State Park

Classic South
6071 Hamburg State Park Rd.
Mitchell, GA 30820
478-552-2393

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Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

Classic South
One Club Dr.
Greensboro, GA 30624
800-505-4653

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Hawkins RV Park

Classic South
6970 River Rd.
Waynesboro, GA 30830
706-554-4030

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Heritage RV Park

Classic South
3863 Wrightsboro Rd.
Augusta, GA 30909
706-863-3333

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Hickory Hill

Classic South
502 Hickory Hill Dr.
Thomson, GA 30824
706-595-7777

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International Disc Golf Center

Classic South
6212 Holloway Rd.
Appling, GA 30802
706-541-0586

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Lake Oconee – Greene County

Classic South
1034 Silver Drive Suite 201
Greensboro, GA 30642
706-453-0380

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Lake Sinclair – Milledgeville

Classic South
Lakeshore
Sparta, GA 31087
706-485-8704

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Lovin Farm Produce

Classic South
1590 Hwy.15 S.
Greensboro, GA 30642
706-318-7990

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Mark Crawford – Fishing Guide

Classic South
Clarks Hill Lake
Lincolnton, GA
706-373-8347

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McDuffie Environmental Education Center

Classic South
4695 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Dearing, GA 30808
706-339-5457

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McDuffie Public Fishing Area

Classic South
4695 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Thomson, GA 30808
706-595-1684

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Mistletoe State Park

Classic South
3723 Mistletoe Rd.
Appling, GA 30802
706-541-0321

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Ogeechee River Mill

Classic South
262 Reynolds Rd.
Warrenton, GA 30673
706-465-2195

Old Salem Campsite & Boat Ramp

Classic South
1530 Old Salem Rd.
Greensboro, GA 30624
706-467-2850

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Parks Ferry Campsite & Boat Ramp

Classic South
1491 Parks Mill Rd.
Greensboro, GA 30624
706-453-4308

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Patriot Boat Tours

Classic South
10th St. at Riverwalk
Augusta, GA 30901
803-730-9739

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Petersburg Campground – Clarks Hill Lake

Classic South
3998 Petersburg Rd.
Appling, GA 30802
877-444-6777

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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Classic South
1858 Lock and Dam Rd.
Augusta, GA 30906
706-828-2109

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Pointe South Golf Club

Classic South
4324 Peach Orchard Rd.
Augusta, GA 30906
706-592-2222

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Prescott’s Strawberries

Classic South
2226 Gus Perdue Rd.
Wrens, GA 30833
706-547-3717

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Ralph Barbee – Fishing Guide

Classic South
957 Windmill Ln.
Evans, GA 30809
706-860-7373

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Richard Butler – Fishing Guide

Classic South
1118 McCormick Hwy.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
706-359-3364

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Ridge Road Campground – Clarks Hill Lake

Classic South
5886 Ridge Rd.
Appling, GA 30802
877-444-6777

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Riverwalk Augusta

Classic South
between 6th and 10th streets
Augusta, GA 30901
706-823-6600

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