Lake Oconee Lake Getaways

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Lake Oconee vacation home rentals are just outside of Greensboro, Georgia. The lake is 45 miles south of Athens and about an hour from Atlanta.

There are two National Forests in Georgia, both headquartered in Gainesville Georgia. The Oconee National Forest covers 115,000 acres in central Georgia. Unlike the tall peaks of the Chattahoochee, the Oconee National Forest is relatively flat with small hills. Lakes, rivers, and wildlife are the outstanding features of the Oconee.

Visit Lake Oconee, Hillsboro Lake, or 15,300 acre Lake Sinclair for swimming, fishing, boating and camping. If a wealth of trails is the hallmark of the Chattahoochee, bountiful game is the signature of the Oconee. There are also plenty of excellent fishing opportunities. Near Lake Oconee, an easy 1-mile trail leads to Scull Shoals. The site of Georgia's first cotton gin and paper mill, Scull Shoals is a crumbling ghost town. Tumbling walls and other ruins still stand amidst the lush forest and quiet waters. A short trail leads to two prehistoric Indian mounds.

Hiking trails are near major recreation areas. Three trails are suitable for horseback riding near the Ocmulgee River. The 1-mile Burgess Mountain Trail reaches the highest point on the Forest, at 645 feet, and is open to horseback riding. Lake Sinclair is a popular lake for swimming, fishing, and boating. The Oconee River is an excellent canoeing river, with Oconee River Campground the favorite launching point. Spring catches of red-breast sunfish, particularly in the Ocmulgee River, are considered exceptional. Lake Oconee is well known for its crappie and other fish.