Skip to Content

THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND LAKE OCONEE

Surrounded by nature, from the shimmering lake to the lush Oconee National Forest, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee offers a tranquil retreat within 80 miles of Augusta and Atlanta, GA. Near the resort, discover charming historic towns, boutique shopping, museums, live performances and outdoor recreation.

Festival Hall

The historic Greensboro Auditorium sits in the heart of downtown Greensboro. The building’s rich history as a home to community events, musical performances, and educational functions as well as its location in the center of the city’s historic commercial district make it ripe for redevelopment as a performing arts auditorium.

Contact: (706) 453-0905 | Distance: 21 Minutes/13.6 Miles | Website

Greene County African-American Cultural Museum

Dr. Calvin M. Barber was the second African American doctor in Greene County. This one-and-a-half story Craftsman Bungalow was built c. 1925 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Open Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

Contact: (706) 342-4412 | Distance: 23 minutes/14.3 Miles

Greene County Historical Society Museum 

Just off the main street of Greensboro, the museum’s collection of artifacts, photographs and manuscripts provide a glimpse of the people and events that shaped Greene County’s beginnings. Open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Contact: (706) 453-7534 | Distance: 21 minutes/13.6 Miles

OPAS

Formed in 2007, Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization which brings top quality live music, theatre and dance performances to the Lake Oconee region. OPAS has performances planned through out the year, from outdoor concerts to live theatre productions to family-style events. Events take place at a variety of area venues.

Contact: (706) 467-6000 / Website


Downtown Greensboro and Historic District

Lake Oconee’s hometown, Greensboro is steeped in southern history and tradition, and rich with elegant ante-bellum homes and churches. The historical buildings in the downtown area are filled with enticing wares, featuring antiques, clothing, gifts, and jewelry. Greensboro’s Better Hometown Program sponsors numerous events throughout the year.

Tours of Greensboro and other local historic towns like nearby Madison, which was spared from destruction by Sherman's Army during the Civil War. Stop by our Concierge desk and our Ladies and Gentlemen would be delighted to provide more information to plan your trip.

Contact: (706) 453-7592 | Distance: 21 minutes/13.6 Miles | Website

Downtown Madison, Georgia

Madison's pre Civil War and Victorian homes, as well as its tastefully restored downtown, offer a wide range of shops, tastes, sights and services that delight visitors from this country and abroad, as they travel along Georgia's Antebellum Trail, the Georgia Antiques Trail and the Historic Heartland travel region.

Distance: 30 miles/38 minutes | Website

Greensboro City Cemetery

The earliest grave is that of a Revolutionary War soldier, Major Jonas Fauche, who was in charge of Greene County military operations during the Creek raids of 1780. Many prominent people of our state’s history have been laid to rest here. Some of those laid to rest are; Governor Peter Early, who served as the governor for Georgia during the height of the Creek War of 1813 to 1814, Revolutionary War soldiers, Jeremiah Sandford who was a neighbor and close friend of George Washington also serving under him in the Revolutionary War during the siege of Yorktown, and forty-five unknown Confederate soldiers. Please stop by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce to pick up a cemetery tour. Address: North East Street.

Distance: 23 minutes/14.1 Miles

The Old “Gaol”

Believed to be the oldest standing masonry jail structure in the state, the building has remained virtually unchanged since its completion in 1807. The gallows and trap door still remain where prisoners were dropped to their death. The jail with its two foot thick granite blocks was patterned after the Bastille in Paris. It was used until 1895. tours can be arranged with the Greene County Chamber of Commerce by calling 706-453-7592.

Contact: (706) 467-7592 | Distance: 21 minutes/13.6 Miles
 

Downtown Greensboro, Georgia

A little farther down the road in downtown Greensboro, several unique shops can be found as well as a little bit of history. Downtown Greensboro offers amazing and unique boutique shops where you can find something to flatter yourself or a friend.

Places of Interest include: Dreamcatcher’s Antiques, Genuine Georgia, Greensboro Antique Mall, Greensboro Antique Mall, Traditions Old & New, Jen's Gifts, LithaMoon Fine Art Gallery, Murphy's Gifts & More, World Decor.

Distance: 13.5 miles/20 minutes | Website

Lake Oconee Village

Only minutes away, but more than expected, Lake Oconee Village is pedestrian-friendly 609-acre master-planned retail, office, and residential community offering guests a quick shopping retreat for luxury items with a southern flair.

Boutiques include: Art of Oconee, Aurum Jewelry and Art, Madeleine Page Classy Footwear and Accessories, MandeVilla Flowers, Gifts, and Accessories, Paper Soiree and Magnolia Art Gallery.

Contact: 1-(877) 270-LAKE | Distance: 3 miles/5 minutes | Website

The Ritz-Carlton Signature Shop

Give someone special a taste of the elegance and luxury you enjoyed at the resort, or indulge yourself with a remembrance of your time with us. Our gift shop offers signature apparel and other items with the distinctive Ritz-Carlton attention to detail.

The Spa Boutique shop

The Spa Boutique retail outlet at The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers spa products from the prestigious MD Skincare, Naturopathica, Emminence, Epicuren and signature Ritz-Carlton “Spa Fresh” skincare lines as well as accessories including aromatherapy candles, homeopathic remedies, athletic clothing and swimwear. For the mother-to-be, we offer specialty lines from Mamma Mio and Epicuren Baby while the Spa Baby Boutique offers clothing and accessories for the little ones and a variety of baby spa items.
 

Biking

Enjoy a little exercise while exploring our warm and friendly community by bicycle. Bicycle rentals can be arranged through the resort Concierge.

Canoes and Kayaks

Water rentals can be reserved in advance through the Concierge and picked up at the resort’s floating docks and include Canoes, Solo and Tandem Kayaks and Pedal Boats.

Durhamtown Plantation

Hunting and dirt-bike riding resort near Union Point attracts dirt-bike enthusiast from around the globe. Visitors can ride seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: (707) 486-4603 | Distance: 41 minutes/30.1 Miles | Website

Golf

For more information please see our golf page. Guests of the resort have exclusive access to 99 holes of golf. With five signature world-class courses, The Reynolds Golf Academy and The Kingdom, there is no shortage of golf for our guests.

Contact: (706) 467-7135

Hiking Trail

This pleasant Hiking, Biking and Walking Trail winds slowly through Georgia woodlands. The whole trail is 8 miles round trip and is marked every ½ mile.

SANDY CREEK BARN SPORTING GROUNDS

The hills and forests surrounding The Sandy Creek Barn present a countryside with almost limitless possibilities for adventure. In this special place, Reynolds introduces The Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds. Carved from one hundred acres of natural terrain immediately adjacent to The Barn, The Sporting Grounds represents the first offering to emerge from this rustic playground.

Contact: (706) 467-7130 | Distance: 25 minutes/ 19.7 miles | Website

Lake Oconee Fishing

Lake Oconee offers tremendous opportunity for the fishing enthusiast. Enjoy the ultimate day on the water with a professional guides from Lake Oconee outfitters who will not only take you to where the fish are biting, but will also share with you their inside angling secrets. Opportunities abound for trophy largemouth bass, crappie, hybrids and white bass. All of these species can be caught by a variety of fishing techniques from trolling to casting.

Contact: (706) 923-0999 | Distance: 4 miles/7 minutes | Website

Tennis

12 World-class tennis courts managed by internationally-renowned tennis management company, Peter Burwash International are available for Ritz-Carlton guests’ use at the nearby Lake Club Tennis Center in Reynolds Plantation. Tennis arrangements including court rental, tennis lessons and ball machine rentals are available through the resort concierge.

Contact: (706) 467-7135 | Distance: 2 miles/ 4 minutes