Spring Break Fun For All Ages at Lake Oconee

March 1, 2021

As warm weather and longer days return, Lake Oconee comes alive again, bustling with all the natural wonders that define this vacation paradise just an hour east of Atlanta. Spring gives visitors a chance to enjoy all the outdoor activities that Greene County is known for. Whether you’re a camper and hiker, a golfer and biker, a swimmer or an angler, springtime on Lake Oconee was made for you.

1. Camping

Camping is a family favorite! Kids will love fishing, playing volleyball on the beach, biking, and sleeping under the stars. Lake Oconee’s campsites, Parks FerryOld Salem, and the KOA, include swimming beaches, restrooms, and picnic areas. You can even bring your furry family members along!

If you’re in need of provisions to take back to camp, the open- air Ripe Thing Market features local produce, coffee, and other local products, including jams and jellies.

2. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Bask in the comfort of the region’s only full-service luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which offers several different accommodation options, as well as diversions ranging from golf and boating to – well, just relaxing and not doing much of anything at all.

The resort’s guest rooms and suites (some featuring private patios and fire pits) have been transformed thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation that brings the colors and textures of the landscape inside. For those seeking the benefits of a private home with the amenities of a world-class resort, The Ritz-Carlton offers two- and three- bedroom cottages featuring golf and lake views, fireplaces, and wraparound porches.

And then there’s the ultimate in luxury and privacy; the Lake House, a 5,400 square foot, four-bedroom enclave with concierge level service. For those families whose work-from-anywhere flexibility allows them to a stay a little longer, Study Buddy at Ritz-Kids offers a fully-customizable educational program that combines virtual learning with a variety of outdoor programs exploring the natural wealth of the Lake Oconee region. Meanwhile, parents can indulge in the The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee offering saunas, steam rooms and cold plunge pools in addition to therapeutic and beauty services.

The resort’s Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds specializes in outdoor pursuits including shooting, archery and off-road driving. And of course there’s the lake, and the kayaks, canoes and motorized crafts that help families get the most out of their time on the water.

Dining options at The Ritz-Carlton run the gamut from the family-friendly and open-air Gaby’s by the Lake at The Ritz-Carlton, to Georgia’s at The Ritz-Carlton with its wealth of local cuisine, to elegantly refined options like Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton. Finally, the The Barrel Room at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is an ideal spot for a nightcap. Just when you don’t think you could eat another bite, make sure to stop by the resort campfire for s’mores, available nightly.

3. Hiking and Biking 

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the day hiking or biking! Rock Hawk has it all. Think of it as an outdoor classroom, with hundreds of educational displays along the 30 miles of trails that surround and lead to an ancient effigy. The displays and interpretive centers near the effigy cover a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as 12,000 years of the area’s history, including Putnam County’s unique large effigies, old cemeteries, home sites, quarries and more. Other recreational opportunities include: camping, boating, fishing, archery (3-D & static plus limited hunting), beach, and nature watching.

If you are in the Lake Oconee area renting bicycles from Pedego is a breeze. They will deliver the bikes to your home, hotel, campsite or vacation home and pick them up when you are finished. Rentals come equipped with a front bag and bottle holder and all rentals include helmets.

4. Golf Lake Oconee

Enjoy a father-son day at Harbor Club for golf (while the ladies shop in downtown Greensboro). If you are staying at The Ritz-Carlton or Reynolds Lake Oconee, you have access to all five of Reynolds’ championship courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio.

Is your child an aspiring golfer? They may enjoy and benefit from a private lesson at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, presented by TaylorMade. Dad might even want to splurge on a pair of custom fit clubs while he’s there.

5. Get Out On The Water

Take the entire family out for the day on a boat or jet ski. Young Harris WaterSports is proud to serve the entirety of the lake with the largest selection of boat and jet ski rentals. Their fleet consists of jet skis, ski boats, pontoon and triton boats, kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), and much more. They also have tubes, skis, wake boards, and wake surfers for rent.

For those interested in catching some of the native striped bass and crappie, Captain Mark Smith at Reel Time Guide Service has 30 years of experience helping visitors learn to fish.

Experience what an entire day on Lake Oconee feels like and don’t forget to swing by the Jumping Rock, a local favorite!

6. Visit Oconee Brewing Co

Spring break isn’t complete without a refreshing beverage in hand. Stop by Oconee Brewing Company (kids and pets are welcome too!) and try a delicious craft brew. The brewery also hosts live events most weekends for when you want to experience a night out in our small town.

No matter how you like to get away, Lake Oconee – with its cool waters, warm sunshine, tree-lined splendor and symphony of birdsong – is a truly complete family vacation.