Date of Stay: April, 2011
All we can say is WOW! If you like camping near running streams in the beautiful mountains this place is for you. Streams, and little rivers are winding everywhere through this park plus a nice waterfall at the end of the lake. Staff was great and we really got to know the ranger and his family when we all had to evacuate during the recent tornado outbreak. It was a long and scary night we spent together in the one of the parks bath houses while the tornado sirens wailed. At sunrise we found that a tornado had touched down only a couple of miles away. Way too close! A little more on the park itself: It is tight if you have a big rig. We were in a 35 ft fifth wheel and were able to move around OK but we went slow. Roads are small and trees are everywhere. We saw larger rigs including one class A rig in the park. Vogel is at about 2300 feet and the pull up to the park is somewhat lengthy and tough if you come in through the town of Cleveland or Dalonega which we did. Many, many switchbacks and steep grades for over six long miles. Was tough with a F250 diesel and did OK but the truck was definitely working. One other thing from coming from this direction is the entrance is on the downhill side of the climb and sneaks up on you. We and two other guys towing campers could not get stopped in time and had to go past the entrance for several miles to turn around. Going home we choose to go through Blairsville rather than descending the six miles. Blairsville is the way to come and go to Vogel if you can. We live in Florida and using Blairsville added about 35 miles to our trip. Well worth it since the descent (and climb) are much easier.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This was our first visit to this park. We liked it very much and will return. I agree with others about the low hanging trees...this needs a little attention. Also the shell rock that was used to cover the dirt floor at our site and most others we saw needs to be added to. At our site there was almost none left so you were in dirt only. The park was quiet during the week and packed full of families over the weekend. Park did quiet down at the 10:00 PM curfew time. Very friendly staff, clean bathrooms. Great place to come to if you like to fish. Bugs were minimal, breeze was good. We brought a small boat and used it daily to travel to nearby beaches and collect shells and go fishing with our daughter.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Beautiful place but very simple. Not much to do inside or around the park. Borders the Crooked River but erosion has created a 30 - 40 foot cliff which is actually dangerous. Signage is there to keep you away for obvious reasons. Sites are mostly large, level and some are very private others less so. Lots of tall trees and shade but satellite access was not to difficult. Town of St. Mary's is a short drive and was nice but not much there. Overall it is a nice place to get away for some quiet time.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
This park is very nice provided you get a good spot. Some are not good at all. Avoid any of the split or shared sites (seen easily on their online campground map). These sites are ridiculously close together and have zero privacy; and in our case our neighbors sewer connection was 5 feet from my steps. Not good. In my opinion they should eliminate some of those type sites and convert them into singles. Thankfully the friendly, helpful staff worked with us and we moved to a much nicer non-shared site and all was well. The park is very popular and busy. Terrific paved bike trails, lots of stuff to do inside park. Convenient to Charleston. Has a water park, dog park, kayak rentals, climbing wall, and several small ponds with fish. Very pretty place; just get a good spot. One more thing, be prepared to level your rig as many sites not level. We will return.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Stayed here for an overnight rest stop coming home from Fort Mountain returning to Florida. This place is perfect for this type of stay and that is why I gave it 10. Very friendly and helpful staff, clean park and facilities. Good price and full hook-up, plus extensive cable tv line-up for a couple dollars more. Yes you can hear I-75 but not with your A/C fan running. Will definitely "lay over" here from now on.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Terrific place! There are two camping areas and we stayed in #2 which is closest to the lake, but section 1 looked very nice as well. Our site is a lake view but none are at the waters edge. The view is partially obstructed by trees and vegetation but is still very nice. The park seems to have left the plants to grow mostly as nature has intended and it looks great. The sites vary a bit from level to not so level but all are in good shape with decent privacy. The nearest store of any kind is 8 to 10 miles down the mountain so be prepared with your supplies. Also, the pull up the mountain was tougher than I expected and my transmission temperature actually went into the yellow area of the gauge. It was 55 degrees outside and I was towing with an F250 diesel (7.3L), trailer weighs approx. 7000 lbs. We came in through the town of Ellijay. If you have the chance it is a much shorter pull if you come in through the town of Chatsworth. Tons of hiking and mountain biking in the park. Saw several deer and wild turkeys. If you come here you must visit the overlook near the stone tower. It's about a 15 minute hike from the parking area and the view is one of the most breathtaking you will see anywhere. Would have given this park a 10 but I can't because of Ga's outdated non-site specific reservation system. Other than that the place is awesome. Oh yeah...they don't list WiFi but I picked up a weak signal from somewhere, but had to pay.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
Perfect place! Worth every dollar this place charges. Here are couple of observations. Mosquitos were tough in the morning and early evening, managable with Off spray. Mosquito control did spray one night in the area and that helped for a couple of days. Not the parks fault of course this is Florida in August. Boating: we rented a 12 foot jon boat with a 15hp outboard and it was perfect for the very, very shallow area. We did make it to the ocean but it was tricky and a little scary until we figured out the route. No marked channels. Don't even think about bringing a large boat here, you will regret it. For the record the manager did tell us this before we booked. Anyway, the little jon boat was fun and took us every were we wanted including snorkling, fishing and getting lobster. View: spend the money and get a waterfront site if you can. We will be back for sure!
Date of Stay: June, 2006
We stayed here based on all the great reviews. For the most part I agree with all the good stuff from previous reviews. A couple of negatives for us were. Our site (reserved with input from their staff) was nice but right next to a trailer on concrete blocks. It was fairly neat and clean but took away from the camping feel. We requested a new site the next day and the staff was very happy to help us. Overall shade is not too abundant in the place. Looks like maybe residual hurricane damage, because there are many large oak tree that have been cut back. The only other thing we found a little strange was the fact that many, many, people leave their rv's/campers on site when the weekend is over. We stayed over a weekend and into the week: by Sunday afternoon the place cleared out, but most of the rigs are just locked up and left for next time. By Sunday night the place took on a sort of "ghost town" feel. It wasn't really a problem, just strange to us anyway. Oh yes. This is not close to the Gulf Beaches unless you consider 30 miles close. I was told 8 to 10 miles on the phone and that is way off. All and all a nice place.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Let me be up front. We did not stay at this park, but drove to see it while we stayed at Riverside RV Park in Arcadia for a possible future stay. I stayed at this park many, many years ago before it was taken over by Encore Inc. I had fond memories of our family camping trips here and was hoping to bring my own family here for a fun weekend. When we arrived, I went into the office for a map and permission to drive around and have a look. The staff was very friendly and gave me what I needed. While at the office I looked into the pool/rec. area. It appeared really nice and there were numerous families and children playing and swimming. Pool was large and looked well maintained. Unfortunately it went downhill from there: bigtime. The park is now mostly full of "park models" also know as mobile homes. Some were new and nice and clean, many were not. The park in general was cluttered and many trailers looked as though they hadn't moved in years. Tall grass and weeds and lots of various yard debris. We drove the entire park and saw what was left of several nice camping sites. Meaning the sites were nice but surrounded, litteraly, by views of mobile homes, or broken down trailers. Wish it weren't so because this place was beautiful in it's day. Obviously we will not be staying here.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
We stayed here for 2 nights as a "layover" on our trip to Georgia. This park is very nice with much to see and do right inside. The Suwannee River runs through and there are places to fish including a floating dock. Canoe rentals are nearby but we didn't have a chance to get on the river. The huge bell tower plays beautiful music several times each day. The entire park is immaculate. Campsites were mostly large and fairly private. Staff very helpful. Next time we will stay longer.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
All I can say is wow! We loved this park and will return. The park itself is Georgia's largest SP and is full of interesting trails. Great shade, large sites, and nice views of the lake. We fished the lake with no luck but had fun anyway. Roads inside are narrow but larger rigs can make it, just take it slow. One thing to note: You cannot reserve specific sites in GA state parks, just a site type. Actual sites are first come first served. Overall we love this park. We camped in a 31 foot travel trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2006
This was our first time at this park and we loved it. Staff very friendly and helpful. Plenty of trees and wildlife including deer, aligators, raccoons. etc. Great marked hiking trails and lots of them. The cypress swamp was beautiful. Many sites have great shade, so much so that it was hard to find a hole to aim my sat. dish through. Another nice touch is nightly firewood delivery service they have. Each night a trailer full of firewood for sale makes it's way throughout the campground. A nice size bundle was $4. Very cool. The only downside we found (as others have said) is that there is little privacy as most sites are very close together. The ground on most of the sites is dirt covered by lots of oak tree leaves, but it is dirt underneath. We didn't really find either of these drawbacks that big a deal. The bathrooms we clean but old. A brand new modern bath facility was nearly complete and should be open any day. One thing we noticed also was that during the week the campground was full but quiet. On Friday night that changed dramatically as other families rolled in. Saturday morning it was bustling with younger people riding bikes and playing. We enjoyed both the weekday and the weekend crowd. We will definitely return here soon. We camped here in a 23 foot TT.
Date of Stay: January, 2006
Great place to camp for fishing, sites are right on the river (Intracoastal), playground, swimming pond, and the nights are nice and quiet. We always see porpise, pelicans and manatees at the park, usually right behind our site. Most sites are on the river, but the ones with sewer are inside the park. We have camped here several times and will return. Park is across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a little store (with lot's of stuff) at the entrance to the park but not much else for miles so bring what you need. They do not book online so you will have to call.