Destination guide

Lake Hartwell puts the idyllic into any vacation

A vast man-made reservoir straddling the border of South Carolina and Georgia, Lake Hartwell is one of the most popular recreation lakes in the southeast. Travelers flock to the lake all year round to do everything from bait a hook to row a boat but soon find that the surrounding towns hold plenty of appeal too. From cute cabins to historic homes, many Lake Hartwell vacation rentals can be found within strolling distance of the water.

Things to do

Discover cultural highlights around Lake Hartwell

When a change of pace is on the cards, exploring the area's cultural attractions can be a great way to get a feel for the laid-back lifestyle here. Clemson comes up trumps with Hanover House and the Old Stone Church although baseball fans might head to Royston to explore the small but fabulous Ty Cobb Museum. Prefer to get your culture fix with a performing arts flavor? You'll find theaters in most of the area's towns but catching a performance at the Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, just over an hour away, is an elegant way to round off any day.


Make a splash in Lake Hartwell

If you agree that life is best lived on the water, then Lake Hartwell vacation rentals are a great choice. These homes put everything from kayaking to boating on your doorstep. Don't have your own equipment? From the university town of Clemson to the former Cherokee town of Keowee, rentals are easy to come by. If you fancy a change of scenery, the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River offers the perfect backdrop for a thrilling white-water rafting adventure. Hit the river in spring for the wildest rides or hang back until late summer for a less intense experience.


Lake Hartwell is an option all year round

Like the feel of the sun warming your bones? Lake Hartwell doesn't disappoint. Temperatures in the summer months of July and August can go into the 100s although the 80s are more likely. If you prefer things a little cooler, the spring months of April and May and September and October in the fall are ideal. During the winter months, the temperature can drop considerably, especially in January, but the glass half-full types just see that as a chance to snuggle up on the deck of their Lake Hartwell vacation rental and enjoy a toasty beverage under the stars.

Natural features

Explore the diverse landscape around Lake Hartwell

While the lake itself is the headline act, the surrounding landscape is something of a star-studded cast. The Hart County Botanical Gardens is a tranquil spot where quaint bridges, meandering nature trails, and an array of colorful fluttering butterflies are among the highlights. While the gardens are a great choice for a lazy afternoon, you'll find the stunning 186-foot Toccoa Falls is less than an hour's drive from Lake Hartwell. Drive just a little further and the option to explore the sweeping terrain of the Chattahoochee National Forest on horseback comes into play.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Hartwell, GA, USA?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 494 vacation rentals near Lake Hartwell, GA, USA. From 351 Houses to 50 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Hartwell, GA, USA are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • South Carolina: 24,967 vacation rentals
  • Georgia: 12,016 vacation rentals
  • North Georgia Mountains: 4,418 vacation rentals
  • Clemson: 281 vacation rentals
  • Seneca: 505 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA:

  • Clemson: 281 rentals
  • Seneca: 505 rentals
  • Hartwell: 187 rentals
  • Anderson: 409 rentals
  • Westminster: 308 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Hartwell, GA, USA. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Clemson University: 528 rentals
  • Tugaloo Park: 353 rentals
  • South Carolina Botanical Gardens: 478 rentals
  • Hartwell Dam: 195 rentals
  • Memorial Stadium: 492 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Hartwell, GA, USA listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.