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To celebrate a decade of Garden & Gun, we’ve highlighted the ten must-do-see-eat things around Lake Oconee.
Georgia’s second largest lake is surrounded by reaching pine trees and miles of shoreline. With world class golf, boatloads of water sports, unique shopping, and top-tier restaurants, it’s the ultimate lakeside escape.

1. TEE TIME

Greene County has some of the finest courses in the South and ninety-nine holes in total. The Harbor Club golf course overlooking Lake Oconee was ranked the number four golf course to play in Georgia by GOLF Magazine. If variety is your bag, Reynolds Lake Oconee has five diverse courses: Great Waters, The Landing, The National, The Oconee, and The Preserve.

6. HISTORY LESSON

Native American settlements once dotted the land, and much of the area’s history is hidden in the lake itself. Look for the Native American artifacts recovered during excavations and diving trips dating from more than twelve thousand years ago at several area museums. In Greensboro, historic buildings, such as the 1807 Old Gaol, believed to be the oldest jail in the state, stand side by side with modern structures.

2. MAKE WAVES

Covering 19,000 acres and with 374 miles of shoreline, Lake Oconee is the second largest lake in Georgia. Charter a Jet Ski or a pontoon and explore at your own pace. Anglers take note: Oconee has more pounds of fish per square acre than any other lake in Georgia.

7. RAISE A PINT

Oconee Brewing Company is a Georgia-proud craft brewery in a renovated mill in Greensboro. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, they brew and serve inventive pours like a Habanero Pale Ale, a Dunkelweizen, and a Kolsch.

3. SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

For souvenirs, take a spin through the boutiques and shops in downtown Greensboro. Explore Genuine Georgia and stroll the abundant aisles at The Ripe Thing. Don’t leave without stopping by The Yesterday Cafe for a slice of the famous buttermilk pie.

8. HAPPY CAMPERS

Get a nature fix when you pitch a tent or roll in with an RV to one of three area campgrounds for a more rustic escape: Lake Oconee/Greensboro KOA, Parks Ferry, and Old Salem Campground.

4. LUXURY BY THE LAKE

It’s easy to make yourself at home at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a resort set on thirty lush acres. Explore the pine-clad outdoors by teeing off on a world-class golf course or kayaking on the lake. Relax at the Southern-accented spa or kick back at one of the three distinct restaurants.

9. KICK UP SOME DIRT

Adrenaline addicts and thrill seekers will get their fill of action at the Durhamtown Off Road Resort. This 6,000-acre playland in Union Point is the largest off-road resort destination in America.

5. WEDDING BELLS

Say “I do” at a scenic spot in the Lake Oconee area. If rustic chic is your style, find your match at the stables at Harbor Club or the Sandy Creek Barn at Reynolds. The Corry House, the Washington Grass Inn, and Goodwin Manor are picture-perfect for a classic Southern-inspired affair.

10. TOP TABLES

All that lake air is certain to work up an appetite, and whatever you crave, from traditional Southern fare to Italian to table-tipping steaks, you’ll find. You will not leave hungry after enjoying a flaky croissant breakfast sandwich at Cafe 44, fresh pasta at Da Corrado Ristorante, and Southern comfort food and creative cocktails at The National Tavern.