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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My wife had a conference in Augusta, GA, so we chose this park because it was the closest campground to Augusta. We enjoyed it very much. The campground was quiet, and most all campsites are on or very close to the water. Unlike most Corps of Engineers campgrounds, this one has hookups. We enjoyed hiking along the shore of the lake where we noticed a HUGE number of small animal tracks.

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An overnight stop on the way to Texas, this park is right on the side of I-20 and easy to get in and out of. A long thin park, the campsites in the front half are pretty close but easy to get in and out of and level. Staff was friendly. Restrooms were older but ok. Since we didn't stay but one night we didn't explore the lake access in the back half of the park.

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Camped for one night on our way home. Just OK. A really old park with unlevel gravel pads and pretty hard to get into some of the back in sites. Bath house was old, and although we didn't use it, seemed ok. Lots of long term older trailers here that look like people leave them all year but only use them on weekends. Manager was VERY nice however.

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One of the nicest "Urban" campgrounds I've ever stayed in. Very nice staff. Pool was very nice after a hot day of sightseeing. On weekends they were doing a pancake breakfast which was very good. You can walk right across the street and catch city buses to downtown San Antonio and all the attractions: which they encourage you to do by scaring you about parking availability and cost downtown. We didn't find downtown parking to be a problem at all and it was cheaper than bus fare for 2 people.

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We spent one night here on our way to Ft. Worth. It was a very well laid out campground with good level pads. The negative is a HUGE coal fired power plant across the lake that clunks and bangs all night. I think if you're into fishing and boating this would be worth a stop, but not much else to do here.

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We camped here on a trek down the Natchez Trace. We were disappointed with the Trace (not at all as nice or interesting as the Blue Ridge Parkway for example) and this park was just OK. On the good side, the new bathrooms looked like a tiled spa and there were good hiking opportunities. The negatives were the lake was almost empty. The ranger said they had a sink hole in the bottom of the lake: they kept pouring clay into it but so far hadn't controlled it. He didn't think the lake would ever fully fill up. The campsites are level but in many cases the RV parking pad is elevated into the down slope of a hill, leaving you with steps to climb down to your fire area. The park, with the exception of the bath house, also looked poorly maintained.

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We have stayed at Rustic Creek while visiting our daughter over several summers. It never disappoints. The campground recently became a JellyStone franchise and from the web site I was almost afraid it had become a circus. Not to worry, they do a few fun things for kids: like a fire truck ride once a day, but otherwise it hasn't really changed. The pools are great. This would also be a great location for a Club Rally.

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Well, if you want to stay almost right on the "Strip" in Branson this is a nice park. The sites are packed together and terraced down a hill, but the park was clean, neat and the staff very nice. We had no problem getting wi-fi at our campsite. The showers were large, clean and VERY air conditioned. Traffic in Branson is a real PAIN, and this site being right off the main road is good news/ bad news. If you want to walk to a nearby attraction or theater, it's good news. If you want to go somewhere in your car - it's gonna take a while to get out of the campsite. There is also a tourist helicopter pad right next to the campground. They stop flying about sundown, but it's still pretty noisy during the day as they come and go for short flights.