Refresh your senses in Franklin County and the city of Lavonia, Georgia. The area’s wild, scenic beauty and abundant recreational opportunities are calling you.
Thousands of people come to Lavonia each year thanks to its location right on Interstate 85 at the Georgia-South Carolina state line. Lake Hartwell and Tugaloo State Park are prime attractions in Lavonia, as well as the city’s parks.
Visitors to 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell enjoy all types of water sports including skiing, boating, sailing, jet skiing, and canoeing. Boat rentals are available from Harbor Light Marina and Harbor Light Marina South, both on the lake in Lavonia. The natural sand beaches along the shoreline are perfect for swimming, picnicking, or just relaxing.
Lake Hartwell is a magnet for those who love to fish for largemouth bass, hybrid bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, bream, and walleyed pike. The six-lane mega ramp at Tugaloo State Park has hosted numerous bass fishing tournaments over the years.
Lake Hartwell is also a fantastic place for birdwatching. More than 250 species of birds inhabit the area regularly. You can see anything from wild turkey and Canadian geese to the endangered peregrine falcon and American bald eagle.
Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo State Park’s cottages, yurts, and most campsites offer spectacular views of Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive sites a short walk from the parking area.