Lincoln County, Georgia

Lincoln County, Georgia, has much to offer in recreation, pleasant living, industrial sites and unspoiled natural beauty.

"Where man and nature walk together" is the best way to describe the recreation and leisure aspects of the county. With more than 400 miles of shoreline on the beautiful Savannah River and sprawling Clarks Hill Lake, Lincoln County is truly a sportsman's paradise.

Clarks Hill offers endless opportunities for fun, including relaxation on its shores, swimming, boating, skiing, sunbathing, fishing or hiking. For the hunting enthusiast, Lincoln County has some of the finest hunting anywhere in the South. Each year trophy size deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, duck and geese are taken in abundance from thousands of woodland acres.

Conveniently located in East Central Georgia, Lincolnton is approximately 40 miles northeast of Augusta and 120 east of Atlanta. Lincoln County is 18 miles north of Interstate 20 and 70 miles south of Interstate 85. U.S. 378 is the main highway into Lincolnton with state highways 47, 43, and 79 creating a ood transportation network. Lincoln County is 120 miles from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and 40 miles from Augusta Regional Airport.

Lincoln County also boasts of a quality educational system with a tradition of being recognized for excellence and one of the best known football programs in Georgia. The athletic and academic programs complement each other and have allowed the majority of students to participate at the district and state levels in such sports as football, baseball, basketball, softball, track, tennis, and golf. The high school football team has been to the state championship game 16 times and returned with the trophy 12 times. For more information on the football team, see www.lincolncountyreddevils.com.

The weather in Lincoln County is excellent. Spring is usually short and mild, with occasional moderate storminess. Summer days are warm, with temperatures averaging between 85 and 95 degrees. Autumns are characterized by long periods of mild, sunny weather. Winters are generally short and moderate, alternating between cold and pleasantly mild periods.

The growing season is between 210 and 240 days, with the first heavy frost around Nov. 30. The average range of temperatures for January is 34 to 57 degrees and the average for July is 85 to 95 degrees. Relative humidity is moderately high. Monthly averages for both morning and afternoon are higher in summer and winter than in the spring and autumn.

Rainfall varies dramatically from year to year. Great extremes in annual rainfall are not unusual, even to the extent that there may be twice as much rain in a wet year as in a dry one. Autumn is the driest season and October is the driest month. March typically has the most rainfall and July is usually the second wettest month. The average rainfall is about 46 inches.

Lincoln County became the 24th of Georgia's 162 counties when it was carved from neighboring Wilkes County on Feb. 20, 1796. It was named to honor Revolutionary War hero Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, a distinguished American patriot.

Lincolnton, the only municipality in Lincoln County, was selected in 1798 as a central location for the county courthouse and jail. Incorporated in December 1817, the city of Lincolnton extends in a one-mile radius that originates at a Confederate Monument on the site of the original courthouse.

In addition to its traditional role as the county seat and agricultural and government service center for the county, Lincolnton is evolving into the recreational, tourism and manufacturing employment center for the Clarks Hill Lake Area.

Lincoln County has experienced significant change during the past 30 years. Clarks Hill Lake has become a popular sports area for northeast Georgia, and particularly for the Augusta Metropolitan area. This factor, coupled with increasing manufacturing opportunities, has led to a steadily increasing rate of population growth and a dramatic change of image for Lincoln County.

Lincoln County has the distinction of being the first countywide listing in Georgia in the National Register of Historical Places. More than 60 historic buildings in Lincoln County were listed in the National Register through the Department of the Interior, National Park Services on Sept. 21, 1993. The National Register is the federal government's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation.