About Hartwell


Welcome to the official website for the City of Hartwell, Georgia. Hartwell is home of Lake Hartwell and located in Northeast Georgia on the Georgia South Carolina border an hour and a half north of the Atlanta, GA area and an hour south of Greenville, SC off I-85.

Incorporated as a town February 26, 1856, the City of Hartwell is the county seat of Hart County. The city was named for Nancy Hart, a heroine of the Revolutionary War who served as spy and captured a group of Tories who threatened her home. Hartwell's population is 4,200 hard working good hearted folks. Lake Hartwell contains 55,900 acres of water and has 962 miles of shoreline. The number of visitors to Lake Hartwell has increased regularly from about 750,000 in 1962 to 9.6 million during 2000. This ranked Hartwell third of the ten most popular Corps projects in the nation.

Hartwell, GA is full of historic sites and areas. While visiting our community experience our southern hospitality while enjoying shopping and antiquing opportunities, great golf, boating and fishing and food fixed right.

Seasonal festivals in Hartwell, GA include Dancin' on Depot, ARTS in hARTwell Festival, Antique Boat Festival, Annual Lake Hartwell Dam Run, and the Spring Fever Regatta and many more.

Located on historic Depot Street, the Hart County Community Theatre offers performances throughout the year. The Art Center located on the square has monthly viewings of local art. Visit Bluegrass Express while in Hartwell, GA to hear the house band playing with national known performers every Saturday night.

Cateechee Golf Club an 18 hole semi-private Audubon Signature Course with a club house and conference center offers members and guest a serene escape from Lake Hartwell. Hartwell Golf Club, Inc., located just 1.5 miles from downtown Hartwell, Georgia offers the best golf value in the state of Georgia, situated in a beautiful casual country atmosphere located in the rolling foothills of north Georgia near Hartwell Lake, providing an ideal climate suitable for year round golf.

Visit us for a weekend, or come make your home here. You are cordially invited!