Parks & Recreation
Making the Most Out of Life
Coastal living in Liberty County brings an array of exciting sports and recreational activities, including fishing, sailing, kayaking, skiing, boating on intracoastal waterways or the open sea. Inland trails shaded by moss-draped oaks offer scenic hiking, biking and birding opportunities. Sportsmen journey here from across the region for excellent hunting, and families arrive by the hundreds for soccer tournaments in new sports complexes.
Fort Stewart offers four gymnasiums with free weights and weight machines, handball, racquetball, basketball, and volleyball courts, sauna, and an indoor pool at the Newman Physical Fitness Center. Outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, football fields, a running track, and softball complexes also make fitness fun. Fort Stewart’s Youth Sports Program includes soccer, softball, football, and basketball leagues plus a spring track program. Competitive gymnastics, golf, bowling, tennis and Tae Kwon Do are also offered, along with a swim program.
Golf courses, bowling centers, and theaters on Fort Stewart and in the community offer fun for the whole family. Liberty County also boasts a 7-Cineplex Theater with stadium seating where the latest movies are available for families to enjoy together. Year-round festivals and events, many of which have free admission, bring a true sense of community to the area.
Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA
The Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA is one of the finest facilities in the Southeast, serving families in Liberty County and Fort Stewart. Rich in tradition, the YMCA has served as a worldwide fellowship of men, women, and children, of all races, religions, ages and abilities since 1844. The YMCA offers affordable membership, volunteer opportunities, and programs including youth and adult sports, health and fitness, aquatics, childcare, summer day camp, and community development. The YMCA is proud to be “open to all” No one is denied the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs due to an inability to pay. Funds made available for financial assistance are provided through the United Way and the YMCA’s annual Priceless Gifts Campaign. Please call 368-9622 for more information.
Liberty County Recreational Department
The Liberty County Recreation Department, located at 607 West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville, is responsible for all recreation and parks in Liberty County. Behind the office you will find Liberty Independent Troop Park. In the park you will find a public swimming pool, baseball fields, a football field, a running/walking track, tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground. Stafford Pavilion is located on the grounds and is an enclosed picnic area with seating for 100. It has a large kitchen area with gas and charcoal grills. There is a rental fee required for this facility and can be used by reservation only. One of the newest editions to the Recreation Department is James Brown Park. Here you will find a one-mile walking track which makes turns in and out of beautiful woods. The Shuman Center, named after Charles Shuman who pioneered recreation in Liberty County, is a multi-use facility open to the public. The basketball courts can be converted to an auditorium and even has a stage on one end. There is a multipurpose room and a game room as well. The Hazel Carter Senior Citizen Center is also located at James Brown Park. Inside of the one-mile walking trail, are several baseball and soccer fields which are used daily.
The Recreation Department also takes care of the many parks throughout Liberty County. From Gum Branch Community Park to Briar Bay Community Park, you will find amenities such as kitchens, basketball courts, and softballs fields. Also at your fingertips are the Riceboro Fishing Piers and the Sunbury Dock/Landing which gives you direct access to the intracoastal waterway. As you can see, Liberty County has much to offer to the outgoing person as well as children.
Organizations & Civic Groups
Perhaps the best way to make new friends and to make a difference in Liberty County is to join the activities of our many clubs and organizations. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Liberty County 4-H, and an array of athletic programs await youngsters. Adults will enjoy well-known civic clubs such as Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions. Hobby clubs including hunting, computer, and gardening are also available. Masonic lodges, military organizations (including veterans, retirees, and spouses clubs) and parent-teacher organizations, political groups, and service groups such as Habitat for Humanity are represented in the Liberty County area as well.
All faiths and denominations offer worship services, youth and adult classes and choirs, outreach programs, and more. Many faiths offer services in a variety of languages and many cultures are represented in Liberty County’s churches.