HAMBURG STATE PARK
With modern-day facilities amidst reminders of days gone by, Hamburg State Park offers a wonderful mix of history and outdoor recreation. Anglers can enjoy great lake fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bream, as well as boat ramps and a fishing pier. Campers find shaded campsites along the edge of quiet Hamburg Lake fed by the Little Ogeechee River. The restored 1921 water-powered grist mill is still operational and beckons visitors to buy a bag of corn meal at the country store. Visitors who are particularly interested in the mill should call ahead to ask when it will be operating. A museum displays old agricultural tools and appliances used in rural Georgia. The third Saturday in September is always the park's Harvest Festival with crafts, mill tours, games and more.
Located in Mitchell, Georgia, the park was established in 1970. It spans over 741 acres and includes a lake of 225-acres. The area is known for its diverse wildlife and recreational activities such as fishing, boating, hiking trails.
The site also houses an operational grist mill from the late nineteenth century that showcases agricultural history through exhibits on farming tools and machinery.
In addition to natural beauty spots like Hamburg Lake's dam waterfall or Red Trail's hardwood forest view; it offers camping facilities with modern amenities too.
1. Tent Camping: Hamburg State Park offers 30 tent, trailer and RV campsites for a traditional camping experience.
2. Pioneer Campground: This is an ideal option for groups with its primitive setting accommodating up to 50 people.
3. Yurt Rentals: For those seeking comfort while being close to nature, the park has yurts available that sleep six persons each.
4. Backcountry Camping: Experienced campers can enjoy solitude in designated backcountry areas of the park; permits required.
5. Picnic Shelter Rental: The picnic shelter equipped with grills are also available on rent providing another unique outdoor stay option.
The park offers a 225-acre lake where visitors can rent pedal boats, kayaks and fishing boats. Private vessels are also allowed but must operate under electric power only. The lake is known for its largemouth bass and bream making it an ideal spot for anglers too.
Enjoy fishing in two well-stocked lakes, home to largemouth bass, crappie and bream. A boat ramp is available for use.
Rent a jon boat or bring your own; electric motors only are allowed on the water here.
The park also hosts regular fishing tournaments that you can participate in if desired.
Fishing gear rental services are offered within the park too.
Hamburg State Park is located near Sandersville, Augusta
Hamburg State Park offers numerous picnic spots with tables and grills. A covered pavilion is available for larger gatherings.
1. Red Trail: This is a 3.5-mile loop trail that takes hikers through the forest, offering views of Hamburg Lake and several historical sites.
2. Mill Pond Nature Trail: A short but scenic 0.75 mile hike around the mill pond with interpretive signs explaining local flora and fauna.
3. White Loop Trail: At approximately four miles long, this moderately difficult hiking path winds its way along ridges overlooking creeks and valleys in the park's interior forests.
4. Campground Connector Trails: These are small trails connecting various campgrounds to main hiking routes; their lengths vary from few hundred yards to half a mile each.
5. Hamburg Mountain Hiking Pathway: An extensive network of interconnected paths covering over ten miles across rugged mountain terrain for experienced hikers only due to steep inclines at certain points.
6. Lakeview Walking Track: It's an easy one-mile walk encircling part of Hamburg lake providing beautiful water vistas ideal for families or casual walkers who prefer flat surfaces without much elevation change.
7. Wildlife Observation Route - North End Extension: Approximately two-miles long extension added recently allowing bird watchers access into more remote areas where rare species can be spotted.
The park offers a 3.5-mile trail, suitable for both hiking and biking enthusiasts of all skill levels.
While the terrain is mostly flat, some sections have slight inclines that may challenge novice cyclists.
Bikers should be cautious as they share trails with hikers; always yield to pedestrians on footpaths.
Helmets are required by law when cycling in this area - safety must not be compromised at any cost!
Remember to stay within marked paths while exploring nature's beauty via bike rides here.
Cycling after dark isn't allowed due to potential hazards like unseen obstacles or wildlife encounters.
Riders need their own bikes since there aren't rental facilities available onsite currently.
It's advised you bring water bottles along because hydration stations might not be readily accessible throughout your ride.
The park offers a variety of birding options, with over 100 species spotted throughout the year. Birdwatchers can explore various habitats including hardwood forests and wetlands. The lake attracts waterfowl during winter months while songbirds are common in springtime.
- All pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
- Pets are not allowed in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas or playgrounds.
- Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet and disposing of waste properly.
- Noisy and aggressive pets will not be tolerated; they may result in the owner being asked to leave the park.
- Owners should never allow their animals to disturb other guests within Hamburg State Park.
- Pets cannot be left unattended anywhere within the state park boundaries including inside vehicles or campers.
Located 20 miles north of Sandersville via Hamburg State Park Road off Ga. Hwy. 102.