Ben Burton Park

About the park

Ben Burton Park is a 32-acre wildlife preserve located off Mitchell Bridge Road. The park is the site of a former hydroelectric generating station built in 1896 and used until 1964. The site was donated to the county by Georgia Power in 1967. In October of 1971, the park was dedicated in honor of Ben W. Burton, Vice President of Georgia Power. A portion of the park is part of a streambank stabilization project intended to improve streambank health and decrease erosion.

Park Amenities

  1. Trails
  2. Boat Ramp
  3. Fishing
  4. Picnic Tables
  5. Park Amenities

Non-motorized small watercraft are allowed on the Middle Oconee River at Ben Burton Park. The boat launch provides access to the Middle Oconee River. Motorized vehicles are PROHIBITED at all times on the river. All Georgia Boating Regulations must be observed on the river. Learn more about boating from Ben Burton Park. Ben Burton Park_BoatRamp _01

General Information

ParkingThere are twenty-eight parking spaces available, including 3 handicap spaces 
ClockOpen sunrise to sunset 

Park Rules

Dog ParkDogs must be on leash and under control at all times
Bike AllowedBicycles on paved paths only
No SmokingAthens-Clarke County prohibits smoking at all times (Call 706 613-3345 to report violations)
No AlcoholAlcohol, camping & fireworks are prohibited
No FiresFires allowed in approved grills only
No Picking PlantsCollection of plants and wildlife prohibited
No Amplified NoiseNo loud, offensive, or disruptive music, language or behavior
CarVehicles subject to tow if in the park after hours or parked outside designated parking areas

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