Discover Effingham County
On the rivers, trails and backroads of Effingham County, you’ll feel the stress of daily routine fade into cozy comfort, peace and warm smiles. Immerse yourself in our natural beauty, compelling history, and friendly southern hospitality.
Explore our inviting downtowns, bike routes, wineries, secluded fishing spots and farms. Effingham County has one-of-a-kind shops, and restaurants to suit any taste. Gather with us at seasonal festivals and events, escape into the past in a restored 1940s movie palace, and so much more. We welcome you as one of our own to ensure your experience feels like home.
For history buffs and nature lovers, there is plenty to see and do in Effingham County. Boaters, kayakers and fishermen can take advantage of the Savannah and the Ogeechee rivers. There are organized kayak and canoe paddle trips during the summer. The boat landing at Longbridge near Springfield is a scenic spot with massive cypress trunks standing silent sentinel in the waters. Wildlife is abundant throughout the area, with wild turkeys, deer, osprey and eagles, and herons common sights.
Effingham County boasts a state-certified ‘Scenic Byway’ that winds its way around the county, giving drivers a glimpse of the natural beauty. At the County's history museums, one in Springfield and the other near Rincon on Ebenezer Road, stroll among the historic buildings, many dating back to the 1700s founding of the area. Marvel at artifacts that span Effingham’s growth from the colonial days to the present.
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The township of New Ebenezer was founded in 1736 by Lutheran Salzburgers seeking a place of religious freedom. Historic Jerusalem Lutheran Church was completed in 1769, and still has worship services today as the oldest Lutheran church in America with a continuously active congregation. Ebenezer became the first capital of Georgia and John A. Treutlen, a member of the Jerusalem congregation, was the first governor.
The Mars Theater is a community supported entertainment hub, offering a variety of events for adults and families throughout the Coastal region. A historic landmark-turned-high-tech venue, the Mars boasts a unique blend of music, film, and performing arts.
The lower Savannah River region is home to meandering creeks and ancient, blackwater cypress swamps, home to thousands-of-year-old trees and endangered species like the Atlantic Shortnose Sturgeon, an enormous prehistoric fish. These picturesque and underexplored routes are perfect for canoeing, kayaking and viewing wildlife.
The Ogeechee is also considered a ‘blackwater’ river, typically a slow-moving waterway flowing through forests, swamps, or wetlands. As vegetation decays, tannins seep into the ground water or drain into lakes and streams, making a transparent, water that is darkly stained, resembling black tea.
A historic railroad town, Guyton has a picturesque Main Street surrounded by natural wonders. Guyton was an affluent town by the time of the Civil War, and the Confederacy built a hospital in town during the war. Every December, residents decorate the town and host a holiday tour of homes.
The Guyton Walking Trail extends .75 miles from the red caboose just north of 3rd Avenue to the concrete Pilgrim Park walking trail. The trail runs along part of the abandoned corridor of the Central of Georgia Railway. The spacious trail is the site of the community's annual 'Sale Along the Trail' event.
Located in the Old Effingham Jail. Historic Effingham Society opened a one room museum in 1994. With donations and hard work from volunteers, the museum now includes 2 floors in the jail and the Living History site which includes 10 buildings.
The Historic Effingham-Ebenezer Scenic Byway showcases the history and beauty of one of Georgia’s eight original counties. The community of Ebenezer was founded by German Lutherans seeking religious freedom in the 1730s. The route follows 60 miles of state and local roads through Guyton, Springfield, and Rincon. Travelers can recreate George Washington’s 1791 Southern tour or General Sherman’s March to the Sea, and visit the sites of taverns dating back to the American Revolution, or encounter several historic churches.
March to the Sea Heritage Trail
On December 9, 1864, after the Federal 14th Corps crossed on a pontoon bridge, its commander ordered the bridge removed before recently emancipated slaves could follow. Some troops tried to help, but a number of slaves drowned trying to swim to freedom.
At Butterducks Winery, you will enjoy the relaxed southern charm of a secluded getaway, just a short drive from Savannah,. Their dedication to winemaking shows that we are very passionate about the task of producing fine wines for your enjoyment.
Clarence Morgan Sports Complex
Located off of Highway 21, the facility features quality playing fields, top of the line lighting, concessions and a lightning detection system. Houston Astro and Effingham resident Josh Reddick contributed $1 million to the project, which includes an artificial turf baseball field accessible to handicapped children. A 27,800-square foot recreation gym is under construction and expected to open by Christmas.
Lost Plantation Golf Club, a Joe Lee designed championship, 18- hole, 6,800 yard, Par 72 layout is a true masterpiece. The solid dense tree lined holes on the front & back nines are a unique experience that every golfer should witness. Nestled at the center of the course is the full kitchen & pro shop. Book an online tee time and play today.
As a Georgia Scenic River and National Natural Landmark, Ebenezer Creek is a valuable natural and cultural asset. Travel down the creek, you'll likely see herons and egrets, and owls, Witness the natural beauty of the strong cypress that stand tall in the water, as well as Tupelo trees and Tickseed Sunflowers..
Effingham County: A Hometown Feel, Big City Opportunity
Georgia Salzburger Society / Living History Museum
Museum, Outdoor Amphitheater, Historic Church & Cemetery
2981 Ebenezer Road, Rincon
Historic Effingham Society
Living History & Old Jail Museum
1002 Pine Street, Springfield
Abercorn Landing Rd., Rincon
Long Bridge Landing
Long Bridge Rd., Springfield
Steel Bridge Landing
Highway 119, Guyton
Tommy Long Landing
158 Tommy Long Road, Rincon
Tuckasee King Landing
Tuckasee-King Landing Road, Clyo
The Hive Repertory Theatre
Arts & Entertainment Theatre & Arts Center
5944 Hwy 21 South, Rincon
The Local on Laurel
Performance & Event Venue
606 N Laurel Street, Springfield
The Mars Theatre
106 S Laurel, Springfield
Mossy Oaks Music Park
Concert Venue, Indoor Flea Market, Camping Area & Playground
519 Old Louisville Road, Guyton
Winery & Vineyard
3332 Blue Jay Road, Guyton
Hodges Strawberry Farm
Family Friendly Farm with pick your own Strawberries & Blackberries
8705 Ga HWY 21 N, Newington
Honey Ridge Agricenter
School systems working farm with special events
477 Honey Ridge Road, Guyton
Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center
Indoor classroom, Catering Kitchen, Forestry exhibit area & Hiking Trails
5960 GA-17, Guyton
Local honey based products
952 Go Cart Road, Guyton
The Vintage Bee Company
Local honey based products
1049 Ralph Rahn Road, Rincon
Kayaking the Ebenezer Creek Guided Trips & Educational Tours
128 Exley Road, Rincon
Roberts Shooting Preserve
Quail, Pheasant, Turkey & Deer Hunts / Sporting Clays / Gun Range
6122 Hwy 17, Springfield
Oglethorpe Speedway Park
The half mile speedway has entertained race fans since March of 1951.
200 Jesup Road Pooler
Roebling Road Raceway
Non-spectator friendly road course racetrack
1135 Roebling Road, Bloomingdale