Welcome to Oakwood
Tucked between Gainesville to the northeast and Flowery Branch to the south, Oakwood is an off-the-radar town that falls directly under the “hidden gems” category. A small town at its core, Oakwood abounds in friendliness and community, with streets full of smiles and recognizable faces.
The city was established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and a great deal of its growth can be attributed to its status as a stop on the railroad traveling between Charlotte and Atlanta. Oakwood has a long history of maintaining a sound business environment and an academically inclined value system. Modern Oakwood is home to the University of North Georgia, along with a wonderful public school system.
Oakwood has many gated communities, including waterfront neighborhoods that contain stately traditional homes and private docking. You’re likely to find just as much grandeur inland, with sprawling new builds in a number of styles offering up spacious plots and sophisticated exteriors. Smaller single-family homes, including quaint Craftsman bungalows and charming custom ranches, are also available.
What to Love
- Under an hour to ATL via 985 and 85
- Minutes from the south end Lake Lanier’s shores and beaches
- Educational opportunities at the University of North Georgia, Lanier Technical College, and Gainesville State College
Within the bounds of town, Oakwood has everything necessary to maintain a thriving Lake Lanier lifestyle. The city keeps itself separate from a busier commercial atmosphere, and residents can appreciate the quiet, unassuming simplicity of suburban living here. Locals still don’t have to sacrifice bigger-city amenities, either, thanks to an ideal location next to 985.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Though Oakwood might not be well-known for its restaurants and shopping, the city certainly has more than enough convenient retail outlets to meet your day-to-day needs. Nearby Hoschton, Braselton, and Robson Crossing all have plenty of local shops to browse.
For those who favor a more extensive retail experience, the city isn’t far from enviable shopping areas like Chateau Elan. A winery and resort destination revered throughout the state, Chateau Elan is a luxury brought to life. The 3,500-acre property is overflowing with high-end relaxation amenities, including a top-of-the-line spa, fine dining, and world-class golf courses.
The local restaurants in Oakwood are an exciting mix of cuisines and flavors certain to satiate any palate. Modern Japanese and impeccable bento boxes are the stars of the show at Wasabi, the area’s go-to spot for refined sushi.
At La Parilla, the family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect complement to the classic Mexican cuisine and refreshing margaritas. Slice, the neighborhood pizza joint, dishes out New York-style pies and pints and puts on a weekly karaoke series.
Things to Do
Oakwood has the distinction of containing one of Lake Lanier’s most beloved public parks, the Old Federal. Glittering blue waters beckon from the lake’s shore, made accessible via boat docks and launching sites. The park is also a popular camping and picnic spot — each year, more than 11 million visitors traverse this scenic escape to enjoy the prime fishing and boating opportunities.
Nature lovers will want to visit Elachee Nature Center, which has hike and bike paths through the Chicopee Woods Preserve in addition to an abundance of classes and learning opportunities for kids. The nearby Oaks Miniature Golf is another family-friendly option featuring 18 holes spread throughout a vibrant, wooded landscape. Racing lovers can venture to Road Atlanta to experience one of the best auto racetracks in the state.
Oakwood is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Flowery Branch High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school
Spout Springs Elementary School, PK & K-5, well-rated public elementary school
West Hall High School, 9-12, well-rated public high school