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Great Outdoors

You'll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Washington-Wilkes.  State parks offer both natural beauty and historic treasures, giving you the perfect setting for camping, hiking, and picnicking.  The area is rich in wildlife, and nearby Clarks Hill/ Lake Strom Thurmond provides a beautiful backdrop for a day of fishing or boating.


Fort Washington Park

Fort Washington Park consists of six beautifully wooded acres with a creek, walking trails, benches, and picnic tables.  It is conveniently located just off of downtown behind the Wilkes County Courthouse.  The park is at the approximate site of one of the forts built by the earliest settlers of Washington.  Open year round.


Aonia Pass


Racers from all over the world come to compete in off-road racing activities for prizes and money.  In 2003 Aonia Pass held it's first running of the General GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) series.  Many racers bring camping or motor home equipment for lodging at the tract or stay in one of Washington's premier accommodations.  Racers of all skill levels can race.



Wilkes County is rich in land and wildlife for hunting.  Many timber companies in the area, as well as individual land owners, lease land to hunters during the hunting season.  If you prefer a planned hunt, contact Scrub Oak Hunting Preserve at 706-274-3321.

There are also approximately 55,500 acres of public land around Clarks Hill/Lake Strom Thurmond  suitable for hunting, including more than 26,000 acres of project lands leased to the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources for wildlife management.  A map showing the location of project lands suitable for hunting is available at the  Lake Thurmond Visitors Center.  All state hunting regulations apply to project lands.

Hunters must possess a valid hunting license and permits for the state they are hunting in.  For state hunting regulations and wildlife management area information, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources web page.  The use of motorized vehicles, including four wheelers, off designated roadways is prohibited.


British-American Sporting Club



Clarks Hill/ Lake Strom Thurmond

Lake provides 71,100 acres of opportunity for the angler.  Lake Thurmond's fish species include largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and hybrid bass.  Numerous boat ramps, fishing piers, and bank fishing areas provide experienced and novice anglers with ample fishing opportunities.  Deep water fish attractors are marked with an information buoy.

For boaters, navigational charts are available from the visitor center or may be purchased from local bait and tackle shops and via the Internet at  For a fishing guide, contact Walker Guide Service at 706-678-3652 to show you the favorite fishing spots.


Elijah Clark State Park

Reservations: 800-864-7275
Park: 706-359-3458

Located on the western shore of 71,100-acre Clarks Hill Lake.  One of the largest lakes in the Southeast.  This park is named for a frontiersman and Georgia war hero who led pioneers during the Revolutionary War.  A renovated and furnished log cabin museum displays furniture, utensils and tools circa 1780 and is open for weekend tours April through November.  Visitors can also view the graves of Clark and his wife, Hannah.  Anglers and boaters will especially enjoy the park's location on the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River.  Cottages are located on the lake's edge, and the spacious campground is nestled into the forest.

  • Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
  • Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

A.H. Stephens State Historic Park

Reservations:  800-864-7275
Park:  706-456-2602


This quiet site combines the recreational fun of a state park with the educational resources of a historic site.  Named after the vice president of the Confederacy and Governor of Georgia, A.H. Stephens, this  State Historic Park features a Confederate museum with one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia, including uniforms and documents.  Stephen's home, Liberty Hall, is renovated to its 1875 style, fully furnished and open for tours.  Beautiful outdoor facilities make this park a treat for both nature lovers and history buffs.  The lakeside group camp is a popular location for large overnight gatherings.

Admission: $1.50-$3

  • Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 2-5pm
  • Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

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