National Parks / Natural World in HARTWELL with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Hartwell has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Hartwell, Georgia offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Hartwell itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

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    (8 miles) Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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    (24 miles) Comer

    Known as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River.

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

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    (45 miles) Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace with the central point being a unique cantilevered bridge from which to observe the waterfall.

  • Table Rock State Park

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    (48 miles) Pickens

    Great Country Park with the stunning Table Rock Mountain providing an unforgetable backdrop. The park has a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic ...

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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    (51 miles) Greenville

    A 17.5 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views.

  • Black Forest Bear Park

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    (51 miles) Helen

    16 bears in individual habitats which you can view and feed from elevated boardwalks above the enclosures. Plus check out the reptiles and arachnids in GHC Exotics.

  • Paris Mountain State Park

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    (51 miles) Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • Fort Yargo State Park

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    (52 miles) Winder

    Fort Yargo offers a fun camping, hiking and fishing experience. The park surrounds Marbury Creek Reservoir, a 260-acre lake with a swimming beach, fishing areas and boat ramps.

  • Stone Mountain Park

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    (80 miles) Stone Mountain

    Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Amazing adventures await as you discover ...

  • North Carolina Arboretum

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    (81 miles) Asheville

    One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up ...

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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    (84 miles) Atlanta

    Take a solitary walk to enjoy natures display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Experience your ...

  • Chimney Rock Park

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    (84 miles) Chimney Rock

    This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one ...

  • Chattahoochee Nature Center

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    (86 miles) Roswell

    The Chattahoochee Nature Center is different each and every day - you never know what you will find out on the trails or what some of the resident animals will be doing. In addition to our trails ...

  • The Martin Luther King Jnr National Historic Site

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    (92 miles) Atlanta

    The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. ...

  • Kennesaw Mountain NBP

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    (97 miles) Kennesaw

    Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    (98 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

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  • Ty Cobb Museum

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    (12 miles) Royston

    Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players ever, and now kids can learn all about his life and achievements at this Georgia museum all about him!

  • Georgia Museum of Art

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    (38 miles) Athens

    With free admission, this Museum of Art is a great place for the family to enjoy a cultural and artistic day out in Georgia! With kids activities and hands-on exhibits, it's a fun way to spend the ...

  • The Museum

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    (45 miles) Greenwood

    The Museum has over 30,000 artifacts in their collections, ranging from fossils to oriental textiles. Imagination is the only thing limiting how this rich resource can help educators in the ...

  • Miniature World of Trains

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    (45 miles) Greenville

    "Our World In Miniature". "A Fun and Educational Family Experience"! Up to 40 model trains traversing the large city scene and mountains the reach over 12 feet tall. All on 3 levels or highly ...

  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

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    (46 miles) Greenville

    80,000 square feet, and three floors of interactive fun in South Carolina, all focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • GRHOF Thunder Road Museum

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    (67 miles) Dawsonville

    The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF) officially re-opened August 2007. The museum, recognized by the state legislature as the official home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, recognizes ...

  • Hands On Museum

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    (72 miles) Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (81 miles) Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • Morris Museum of Art

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    (82 miles) Augusta

    The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly ...

  • High Museum of Art

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    (92 miles) Atlanta

    From a stately home on Peachtree Street to its current award-winning buildings in a spectacular setting, the Museum become the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States with its renowned ...

  • The APEX Museum

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    (93 miles) Atlanta

    Visit the Yates and Milton Drug Store, one of Atlanta's first Black owned businesses. Listen to the stories of early African American pioneers in Atlanta and learn all about the powerful Black ...

  • The World of Coca Cola

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    (93 miles) Atlanta

    A multi media attraction charting the history of the drink from every angle, including 4D theatre production and Pop Culture Gallery.

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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    (99 miles) Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • The Guinness World of Records

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    (100 miles) Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Bear Hollow Zoo

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    (39 miles) Athens

    A well kept and popular place for families to come and see Georgia’s native wildlife including many varieties of bears, deer, possums, turtles, otters, hawks, eagles and bobcats. They have a See ...

  • Greenville Zoo

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    (46 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

  • North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

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    (56 miles) Cleveland

    Over 400 animals at this premier Georgia petting farm and zoo! Pony and wagon rides, as well as guided walks too. Great animal fun for the kids

  • Hollywild Animal Park

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    (64 miles) Wellford

    Over 500 animals waiting inside this South Carolina Animal Park that are roaming free in natural enclosures, or man made islands - some animals eat right out of your hand!

  • Yellow River Game Ranch

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    (75 miles) Lilburn

    You will have the animals eating out of your hand-- literally! This wonderful game ranch has 24 wooded acres with over 600 animals and birds that families can get right up close to. From buffalo, ...