One of the things that make The River's Edge a fun and peaceful getaway is our location away from the hustle and bustle (and traffic) of the big city. While it may seem we are located in the middle of nowhere, there are several towns located within a short drive.

Scorll down to get driving directions to places to eat and shop, along with some points of interest.

High Resolution Graphic of Local Area Map

Directions to Bowman:

(8 minutes, 6.2 miles)
  • Turn LEFT out of the campground. Go approximately 5 miles until you hit a STOP sign.
  • Turn LEFT at stop sign.
  • Go approximately 2 miles and you will see Bowman House Restaurant on your RIGHT just before you hit downtown Bowman.
  • Go a little further until you reach the 4-way stop, go straight after stopping and you will find Rey’s Food Store on the LEFT.

Bowman Shopping:

  • Ray's Food Store
  • Bowman Drug
  • Bowman Minit Mart (Gas & Convenience Store)
  • Royal Food Store (Citco Gas & Convenience Store)
  • Dollar General

Bowman Eateries:

  • Bowman House Restaurant
  • Jim's Grill

Directions to Elberton:

(11 minutes, 8.7 miles)
  • Turn RIGHT out of the campground and drive until you hit the first STOP sign.
  • Turn LEFT onto GA 17/Bowman Highway and drive 5.2 miles.
  • Take ramp and stay to the RIGHT following signs to GA 72 East.
  • Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp.
  • Go straight and you will see the town square on your right. Keep going straight to find most stores and eateries.

Elberton Eateries:

Local Favorites:
  • Richard’s Restaurant & Lounge
  • La Fogata (Mexican)
  • 3 Reinas (Mexican)
  • McIntosh Coffee Shop
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Granite City Restaurant
  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant
  • Henry’s Sub Shop
  • Blazer’s Hotwings
Chain Establishments:
  • Little Cesar's
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Zaxby's
  • McDonalds
  • Wendy’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dairy Queen
  • Taco Bell
  • Burger King

Elberton Shopping:

  • Walmart
  • Ingles Grocery Store
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy
  • Home Sweet Home Artisan Shop
  • Save A Lot
  • Dollar General (x2)
  • Dollar Tree
  • Rooster’s Trading Post
  • Ace Hardware
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Several Auto Parts Stores
  • Verizon
  • Southern Farm & Hardware
  • Salvation Army
  • West Elbert Package Store

Directions to Hartwell:

(20 minutes, 14 miles)
  • Turn LEFT out of the campground and go about a half mile to Floyd Rd. on the right.
  • Turn RIGHT on to Floyd Rd and continue for about 2 miles until you come to a stop sign. Cross the road (13 Forks Rd) and continue on to Maple Springs Rd.
  • Continue on Maple Springs Rd for about 2.5 miles until you come to Highway GA 77 N.
  • Turn LEFT on to GA 77 N and continue about 9 miles to downtown Hartwell.
  • Turn RIGHT on to E Howell St and follow it a couple of blocks until it turns into E Franklin St. (GA 29).
  • Continue to find most stores and eateries.

Hartwell Eateries:

Local Favorites:
  • Backstreet BBQ
  • Kobe Express Japanese Cuisine
  • La Cabana (Mexican)
  • Southern Hart Brewling
  • Market 50
  • Rolling Chef's American Fusion
  • New York Pizza
  • Guthrie's Chicken
Chain Establishments:
  • McDonalds
  • Taco Bell
  • Arby's
  • Subway
  • Bojangle's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Huddle House
  • Dairy Queen
  • Burger King
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Wendy’s
  • Little Cesar's
  • Zaxby's
  • Captain D's
  • Papa John's

Hartwell Shopping:

  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Home Depot
  • Ingles Grocery Store
  • Belk
  • Cato Fashions
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Dollar
  • Lake Hartwell Veterinary Clinic
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • AT&T Store
  • Cricket Wireless
  • Verizon Retailer
  • Willie's Service Center (Tire Shop)
  • Several Auto Parts Stores
  • Goodwill Thrift Store
  • Tractor Supply Co.

Points of Interest

The Georgia Guidestones

The Guidestones are a granite monument erected in 1980 here in Elbert County which are inscribed with a set of ten guiding principles for humanity which are written in eight modern languages and a shorter message which is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts.

There is great mystery surrounding the Guidestones as to who commissioned and paid for its erection. And why Elbert Country Georgia? Feel free to search the web for more cryptic information.

  • Address: 1065 Guidestones Rd, Elberton, GA
  • Turn LEFT out of the campground onto Pulliam Mill Rd. (0.6 mi)
  • Turn RIGHT onto Floyd Rd. (2.6 mi)
  • Turn LEFT onto Maple Springs Rd. (1.9 mi)
  • Turn RIGHT onto GA-77 S (.2 mi)
  • Turn LEFT onto Guidestone Rd.