Date of Stay: December, 2016
We visited Ashville to tour the Biltmore Estate during Christmas. Outstanding. And Mama Gertie's was a great place to stay - just about 10 minutes away but much nicer than the closer RV parks. It is on a hill and it can look a little imposing when you first arrive. But the staff is so helpful and friendly and will help you get into your site. The roads are plenty wide and recently repaved. Turns require some care but are good for even the largest rigs. Views are amazing especially from the upper parts of the campground.
Date of Stay: November, 2016
We just stayed here for one night while attending a conference in Valdosta. We chose this site because it was the closest to the city. But we were pleasantly surprised. The sites are easy to get in/out of, somewhat close but not bad, level and paved. More shaded than I expected. And because there is a 3 story motel building between the park and the expressway you don't hear the traffic. Of course we did hear the trash truck pickup the motel dumpster at about 6am :-(. But that wasn't the campground's fault. For an overnight stop on the way to/from Florida this would be perfect. We found the owner to be very friendly once we got there. She can be a little "blunt" and direct on the phone but don't be put off by that. I think she's just one of those folks who deal with the public so long that they get where they don't take * off anyone. If you're nice to her - she's nice to you.
Date of Stay: November, 2016
This is a small but very nice park. The campsites are almost all long pull through loops. The restrooms are older but well maintained. It's very flat so leveling is not a problem. There is some interesting hiking in the park and a demonstration farm that is interesting for kids. If you use Groupon - there have been 40% off coupons running for most of 2016. Check and see.
Date of Stay: October, 2016
First off, this campground DOES have a dump station. As of 10/2016 their website still has a bold warning that it does not - but the forest service recently built a new bath house, dump station, and made a lot of nice improvements like new fire rings, lantern poles, etc. Sites 1-20 are on a loop road around a new and very nice bath house. Sites 21-37 are on a long road and the higher numbered sites don't have power and are a LONG way from the bath house - but they are very nice sites with lots of privacy. The new bath house has "push button" showers and no heat (that I could see) for the cooler months. But it's a very nice new bath house! I would not recommend site 2 where we stayed. It's right next to the new Septic tank and field and there was a very slight but constant smell. Hosts were outstanding - friendly and helpful - but kept a VERY watchful eye on things. There is fishing and a beach but no real hiking. However, with a short car ride you can reach the Forest Service Aska trail system which has multiple hikes of varying lengths and difficulties. Ask the hosts for a map. There are also multiple places nearby to tube the river.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
Nice small park with lots of hiking, golf and playgrounds. The campsites are very level and look to have been recently re-graveled. Excellent fire rings. Both the hosts and the rangers were very nice and helpful. The hiking trails include one to a beaver pond. Most of the trails are about 8ft. wide with some hills but great for family hiking. Only reason I didn't give it a 10 is, if you're not into Golf or Hiking there isn't much else to do here.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
Every previous review, both the good and the bad, are completely accurate. I think part of the problem is that this non-profit looks like its running on the edge financially - and not always able to keep the property in as good a shape as they would like. The Bad: 1) The sites are packed in like sardines. 2) They nickle and dime you to death. 3) The waterfall trails are a bit dangerous, especially if wet. 4) There is NO connectivity for Cell, TV and very little WiFi. 5) Because campsites are so close - if its a busy weekend then you may have conflicts with neighbor's fires/drinking/kids. The Good: 1) It's a beautiful place! 2) There is a demonstration garden that you (and kids) can help with - and if you pull weeds, you can feed them to the rabbits. You can also pet the cows, pigs and Shetland ponies. 3) This would be a great campground for groups. They have several gathering places/lodge etc. This property used to be a youth camp and still has dining hall and other facilities. 4) The staff was exceptionally nice when we were here, although there are reviews on other review sites listing rude behavior. 5) There is absolutely NO connectivity (cell, TV or Wifi). Listed as a positive for me: wonderful to be able to tell the office, "I'm off the Grid for a few days. Handle it yourself!" Note: I think I'd want to make sure I have a Power Management System. If this park was full on a hot day I'll bet they have voltage problems. Bottom line - Give it a try, get one of the creekside campsites, don't have your expectations too high.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
Nice campground. It's a county run park but it rivals most state parks, and most of the facilities look pretty new (in 2015). All camping spaces are paved, with decks, nice fire rings, etc. Restrooms are pretty standard in the campground. Several really nice playgrounds for the kids. Only thing to be aware of is the steepness of the roads and some campsites. This campground is HILLY so many of the sites, the only flat space is the paved pad and the wood deck. Caretaker was very nice. Beach area looks nice and has canoes to rent, but we were here in April and it wasn't open for the season yet.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
This is one of our favorite camping locations in spite of the minor problems pointed out by other reviews. The Roads are a bit narrow, some of the sites aren't perfectly level. We also found some erosion where the gravel driveways into the sites leave the paved loop. BUT - The views here are amazing. The lake is fantastic. But mostly this park has some of the best hiking in the South. Great trails that pass many waterfalls and creeks. It's also great to take drives into the Jocastes Gorges and Ceasar's Head areas and enjoy the views, waterfalls and other hikes. We found the staff very friendly. But the BEST THING about the park - there is almost NO Cell service and NO Wifi except at the store. So we can focus on camping without being bothered by the office, or tempted to play with our electronic devices.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
We camped just down the road at the Tallulah Gorge State Park and drove past this campground in Oct. 2014 - Tallulah River Walk was closed - boarded up with a For Sale sign on it. I guess the previous reviewer's comment about it being in forclosure was correct. Their website is still online but that's probably because their hosting hasn't expired.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Hadn't been to High Falls State Park in about 10 years. This is the first time we camped at the newer section of the campground - the River Campground. I think this is one of the nicest state park campground in Georgia. The sites are well spaced apart, shaded, easy to get in/out of and there is lots to do in this park and in the surrounding area. The comments on level sites are mostly of concern to motorhomes. The sites tend to be very level side to side. But some are sloped along the length of the site. This isn't a problem for a tent or trailer as you can adjust. I can see how it might be difficult for a motorhome - but there are a lot of nice sites for motorhomes as well.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
First off, this review is about the campground, NOT the park itself. The park and the Gorge is beautiful, well maintained and just amazing. The campground is not run by the State of Georgia - it is run by Georgia Power Company. While the campground is very clean with level sites, they are on top of each other. You basically look at another camper. Others have also pointed out the problems with the location of electrical and water hookups. Most disappointing was the volunteer campground host! As we checked in, he said he wished there were no tent campers, no dogs and no one under the age of 50; they are trouble makers. The sites are assigned, and although we had made reservations months prior, he admitted moving us from several other better sites to what we thought to be the least desirable space on the whole campground. He said he did that because other people were staying longer. When I asked to be moved because I was unhappy with the site, he was rude and said "This may not be the place for you - do you want your money back and go somewhere else?" We were able to talk him into letting us move but will not come back here.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Open Season: May 1-November 2. This is a National Forest Campground - but it has water and electric hookups. Campground has 53 sites with just water and 32 sites with water and electric. No reservations but we have NEVER had a problem getting a good site; the campground is off the beaten path and a hidden gem. The campsites are well spaced, quiet and heavily wooded. There is great hiking and a beach within the park. Plus it's a short drive to Tallulah Gorge, Lake Burton and many other sites in North Georgia. If you are pulling a big trailer, 5th wheel or motorhome DO NOT enter the campground along Old 441/Terrora Rd. This is a VERY NARROW twisty road. Instead come in via Burton Dam Road from Highway 197 and you'll have no problems. There are two entrances to the campground off Lake Rabun Road - if you want hookups take the 2nd entrance - but DON'T miss it - there is nowhere to turn a rig around past that entrance and then you're into that narrow twisty road.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This is going to be a very nice park someday, but it still has a way to go. Since it just opened in 2011 and it's been a dry fall, there is a lot of grass seed covered dirt in the campground and elsewhere. The campground has very few trees and these are spindly small pines. The campground sites are nice and new, very level, new tables and new restrooms. There is a nice trail along the river - 5 miles one way - in and out, and one other short trail. None of the connecting trails are finished yet. There are also very nice playgrounds for the kids. There is a boat ramp / canoe put in, but no vendors are running rentals or shuttle services yet that we could see. The rangers and volunteer staff were very nice. Most of the people in the park seemed to be fairly local to Newnan and came out to watch football - some were disappointed the cable wasn't working yet. We had a nice time but we probably won't come back for a few years until they finish the trails and get some more landscaping done.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
The Tobesofkee Recreation Area, a county run park, has three public parks namely Claystone, Sandy Beach and Arrowhead Park. Claystone is on the North side of the lake and is reviewed in another listing. Arrowhead is on the South side of the lake. It is a beautiful, quiet very well maintained campground with paved roads and sites, clear lake view from all sites, very modern bath houses with stainless steel fixtures and faux marble walls. The park includes a boat ramp, beach and hiking/biking trails. I've marked it as not having shade because a tornado in 2008 took out many of the trees in the campground. It's all been cleaned up, but the remaining trees are small. But the campground is still quite nice.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
Serinity lives up to its name. It is a quiet park in a very wooded area around a man made lake. The park provides overflow for nearby Desoto Falls State park but is worthy in its own right. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The park is clean and well maintained. On the down side, the restrooms and shower rooms are crude and sort of "home made" with plywood floors, one without bare studs showing. There is LOTS to do in the area.