Date of Stay: October, 2009
This was our first visit to this park, and we were very pleased with this campground. The sites are spread around in different areas of the park, with some being next to a stream, and others more isolated in wooded areas. We hiked on all the trails and found them varied and beautiful. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The Fall colors were wonderful, and we are anxious to return to his park again. It is definitely one of the most beautiful Georgia State Parks we have been to.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is a very small park, but very woodsy and quiet. Almost all of the sites are Pull-Thrus, very level and clean. There are 2 ways to enter the park, with one bringing you in through the covered bridge. Because of the height and weight limits, big rigs cannot go through the bridge. Georgia highway 22 will take you in another way. Be aware that a GPS will not take you this way, but follow the signs. We chose this park because it was 30 minutes from Athens. During the summer they offer canoeing and paddle boating. We would definitely go to this park again.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This park is within 30 minutes from our home, and this was our first camping trip there. We came in on Thursday afternoon and there were only 6 other campers there. Our site was a fairly isolated, very shady spot. We did not stay directly on the water, but had a great view all the same. This campground is great if you are not looking for lots to do. Fishing and boating are the main attractions here. There was a small playground though the woods but otherwise, nothing else for kids to do. The hosts were very nice and helpful. We attend church nearby, and were not sure if we would make the 1:00 checkout time. We checked with the camp hosts on Sunday morning and found that our site was not reserved for that day, so we were allowed to take our time leaving. Also, we visited the campground ahead of time and rode through to find the sites we liked before making reservations. One other thing to note is that they are not set up to take credit cards, but will take personal checks as well as cash. Even though we left past the checkout time, we sat in line at the dump station for at least 30 minutes. We enjoyed our trip, and would come again for a quick weekend.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This park is a beautiful, scenic park. We arrived on a Monday afternoon and there were plenty of sites to choose from. While setting up, it was evident that we were going to battle mosquitoes, but this did not stop us! We had our 6 year old grandson along and he and granddad spent many hours on their bikes riding through the park. The park has 2 sections, and both are nice. We walked the Trembling Earth trail and this is absolutely the best trail we have ever seen in a State Park. Most of it is a boardwalk and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The visitors center really appealed to our grandson as there was a good variety of live snakes, turtles and a couple of baby alligators. We chose to rent a small motor boat to tour the swamp ourselves, rather than take the guided tour. We enjoyed it so much that we went out two days in a row. Be aware that you will see plenty of alligators in the swamp and around the park. The camp hosts were very friendly and helpful with suggestions. This park is not near any major towns, but the camp store is well stocked. Because of the mosquitoes problem, we did not sit outside much, but still enjoyed the week.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
This park is our favorite Georgia State Park. We live in the region and try to go as often as possible. There is an abundance of shade trees and the view of the lake is wonderful. Our favorite past time is to hike the trails. The Pine Mountain Trial is very popular to the very serious hikers, though we enjoy the shorter, less challenging ones. Callaway Gardens is close by and offers plenty of day activities for the whole family. There is also the Liberty Bell pool in the park, which is made from rock and fed by cool spring water. The bathhouses have undergone upgrades and were very clean. There are two campground areas. The lakeside sites are very shady. The road in this area is very windy, and could be a little difficult for some of the larger rigs. The other camp ground is near the back gate and though not as shady, is still very appealing. We continue to choose this park over most others hands down!