The lifestyle advantages of Hawkinsville-Pulaski County, Georgia are many, and include quality education and healthcare offerings, plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, and engaging local attractions. A warm climate, progressive leadership and friendly, hometown people are the icing on the cake.
The Pulaski County School System operates one school at each academic level – PreK, elementary, middle, and high – and enrolls nearly 1,400 students of diverse backgrounds. The Pulaski County School System is committed to its mission to provide quality educational experiences that are meaningful, challenging, and engaging in a safe and supportive environment for all students. Our high-performing students have numerous opportunities to earn dual enrollment credit from nearby colleges.
Pulaski County supports an excellent medical system. Taylor Regional Hospital is a private, not-for-profit facility, part of Taylor Health Care Group. Taylor Health Care Group reaches a patient base of more than 170,000 and provides patients with access to more than 94 credentialed physicians representing 25 major specialties. Taylor Regional Hospital is accredited both by DNV Healthcare and by The Joint Commission.
Pulaski County is a haven for those who like to hunt, fish or paddle the smooth waters of the Ocmulgee River. Boat landings are available at Uchee Shoals and at Mile Branch Park, which also has walking trails, picnic pavilions, and a butterfly garden. The 15,000-acre Ocmulgee Wildlife Management Area and 12,750-acre Oaky Woods WMA have hunting opportunities for deer, turkey and small game, as well as fishing, camping and wildlife viewing opportunities. Additionally, the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Recreation Department maintains 4 lighted baseball fields, 1 lighted softball field, 1 lighted football/soccer field, a gymnasium and a miniature golf course.
For those who enjoy golf, the city is home to Southern Hills Golf and Country Club, which offers a challenging course, onsite lessons, golf merchandise, in addition to an outdoor swimming pool and clubhouse.
The City of Hawkinsville is known as the "Harness Horse Capital of Georgia," and is the home of one of the largest harness racing training facilities in the country. The town has had a long history of horse racing, and celebrates the Hawkinsville Harness Horse Festival every spring. Other community festivals include Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale/Peaches to the Beaches, the Ocmulgee Duck Race, Harvest Fest, Christmas Parade, and periodic cruise-ins and street parties.
There are six entries on the National Register of Historic Places from Pulaski County: the Hawkinsville Opera House, the Pulaski County Courthouse, Taylor Hall, Merritt-Ragan House, St. Thomas AME Church and the Hawkinsville Commercial and Industrial Historic District.