Located at Hartwell Lake, one of the southeasts largest and most popular public recreation areas, Big Oaks is a summer day-use area that offers and ideal setting for a party, barbecue or simply a day of water activities with the family. Big Oaks boasts sweeping views of the 56,000-acre Hartwell Lake and true to its name, features large shady oaks throughout the campground. Natural Features: Hartwell Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. The dam and lake area boasts nine campgrounds and 15 day-use facilities that are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Hartwell Project was originally authorized for hydropower, flood control, and navigation. Later, recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management were added. Surrounding vegetation allows for plenty of shade, and the 962 miles of shoreline provide numerous swimming beaches, picnic areas and boat ramps. Recreation: Boating and water sports top the list of popular activities. A two-lane boat ramp is provided for easy lake access. With multiple trails snaking throughout the shoreline area, hiking and biking are also popular pastimes. Facilities: Big Oaks offers multiple picnic areas, complete with shelters, flush toilets and playgrounds. Parking is available on-site. Nearby Attractions: A hiking and biking trail is accessible nearby at Paynes Creek Campground.