Description: Four hundred secluded acres surrounded by scenic Lake Hartwell, Tugaloo State Park is forested with a diverse mix of oaks, hickories, and pines. The visitor with a boat has access to the 56,000 acres of Lake Hartwell. 3 miles of easily accessible shoreline provide excellent opportunities for viewing waterfowl. An abundance of flowering dogwood, black cherry, and sweetgum provide large amounts of fall wildlife food.
Viewing Information: Waterfowl are numerous on Lake Hartwell in the fall and winter. Canada geese, ring-necked ducks, mallards, wood ducks, mergansers, common loons, and many other species of waterfowl frequent the area. An observation platform overlooks the lake from a nearby oak-hickory ridge. Several wildlife openings with observation platforms are also found on the park. White-tailed deer and wild turkeys are numerous on the park. Red foxes, gray foxes, raccoons, and hawks are common sights. Overhead, listen for the nasal call of the fish crow or the high rapid chirping of the bald eagle. The wildlife is plentiful and easily seen from the trails, roads, boat docks, and shoreline.
Directions: Take I-85 north to exit 58, GA Hwy 17. Follow park sign to the right onto County Road 385 (Garrard Road). Go 1.5 miles and turn left. Proceed 3.3 miles to Tugaloo State Park Road and turn right. Park is located at the end of the road. The Tugaloo State Park office is first building on left.
Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division, 706-356-4362
(Visitors Center) or 404-656-2770
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Hartwell 706-376-4788
Closest Town: Lavonia, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, tours, cottages, interpretive programs, beach area, group shelter
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