13 Parks near Oakman, Georgia
Oct 2015 - $12.00
The 4.2 mile entrance road to this campground reminds me of "The Devils Tail". Lots of twists, turns, ups and downs; but, the road is wide enough and in good condition so it shouldn't be a problem for even the largest rig if you're careful. Watch out for motorcycles on this road.
The CG is very nice. Carter Lake is a high mountain lake and the locals say it's a few degrees cooler in the summer. Like all COE parks, this one is well laid out for the terrain. However, the designer had some challenges on this one because of the narrow peninsulas. The lengths listed online are for the pad only; there is additional space in the site for a tow/towed vehicle. Because of the terrain many sites are oriented so the door faces the road and not the lake. Refer to the campground map on Recreation. gov to see these. Camp sites 18, 19, 21, 31, 32 and 33 (maybe a few more) are narrow with the "sitting area" behind the site instead of adjacent to the door side. These are still good sites, but don't allow much sitting area beside the camper. Most of the sites have a good view of the lake, although they are higher than the lake level in elevation. Some sites have decks or large door side sitting areas. There is a small swimming area with benches provided in a viewing area. Site 20 overlooks the swimming area. Good Verizon cell phone coverage. There is only one bath house for 40 sites, but it is clean and in good repair. Plenty of hot water in the showers with "real" controls (not a push button). The access loop for the dump station is a little short - fifth wheels have to "swing wide" for the proper approach. Also, the dump station has a little forward slope which doesn't allow complete draining of some of your tanks. Reports are the fishing is good with lake trout and bass. This is a nice, quiet campground. We will return. - Bama Camper
May 2015 - $12.00
A lot of fishermen camp here at this small but very deep lake. It's our go to place when we don't want to burn a lot of gas and can have neighbors come out to visit.
We stay in a 35 ft motor home and I don't think I've seen any bigger rigs there. We have a couple of favorite sites. Some sites are narrow and your fire ring and table are behind your unit. Almost all sites are shady. The CG is on a ridge line so they had to get creative with the site placements.
The shower house was clean but could use some updating. - Lainee131
Oct 2014 - $11.00
Rate based on senior pass. The park was a steep climb to get to but we had a beautiful site with a gorgeous view once we got there. We had a huge, private deck, great shade and lake view. As mentioned in another review, the bathhouse was a hike, but was walk-able from our site (1), the furthest site away. The showers only had tepid water. The dump station was placed with the bathhouse instead of at the exit. For sites 1 and 2, built as afterthoughts, the dump is only accessible by driving to the exit, making a careful u-turn, driving all the way back through the park, circling back to the dump station and then making the drive to finally exit, again. We only stayed 2 nights, so it wasn't an issue, but it would be a pain to use the dump from either of those 2 sites. Quite a few of the sites could be difficult maneuvering into, as well. In our opinion, the setting didn't make up for the other deficiencies and resulted in the "5" rating. - noplace
Sep 2013 - $12.00
Beautiful park with playgrounds for kids and a boat ramp and picnic area on the lake. Sites are quite large with concrete patios and crushed rock tent pads. Many sites have good views of lake, and there are some premium sites with wooden decks. Park is 9 miles from Ellijay, and it is only a few more miles to several apple orchards. - SunnyTravelers
Jun 2016 - $14.00
The Happy Traveler's report of June 2016 is comprehensive and accurate. Although, I would like to add - sites 21, 22 and 25 are built in "reverse", so the "awning side" of many campers are facing away from the water and the view. Be aware of this when you are booking. There may be others that I didn't notice. The primitive tent sites are very nice - isolated and private. Verizon coverage is good - 3 or 4 bars out of 5. Sites 29, 30 and 31 have a trail to the water and a small beach for launching a kayak or canoe. Be careful on the trails, there is a lot of poison ivy and CHIGGERS! This CG is very similar in appearance and build to Woodring CG on the other end of Carter Lake. - Bama Camper
Jun 2016 - $22.00
This well-maintained, gated Corps of Engineers campground is situated atop a deciduously forested, steep-sided ridge protruding into Carters Lake. The roadway into the park passes through an upscale neighborhood, and does have a steep and curved grade (as mentioned by others), but nothing unmanageable for a seasoned RV driver. Campsites are spaced nicely apart. Because of the topography, the sites are beautifully tiered above/below one another. Some sites have large decks, others do not; and some are concrete padded, others are fine gravel. Sites are level, but some driveways are sloped and curved into the pad. Campsites at the front of the park are, for the most part, more sunny than those farther out. Premium sites are 50 amp, all others are 30 amp. Electric service was at 121.4 volts. Water pressure very high. Dump station near park gate. Only four non-reservable sites have sewer hookup. Bath houses clean, although hot and stuffy. Could use an exhaust fan. Over-the-air digital TV limited to three channels of PBS (Ch 18). Sprint voice and data service possible, but weak at 1 bar/1x switching to extended 3G. Better along the crest of the road. Views of the lake are limited due to forest cover. There is no beach, and only one easy way to reach the shoreline at two floating docks. Bicycling is a hilly challenge on the roadways. The speed bumps are cruel. No hiking trails. Bird life is common. There are apparently copperheads and scorpions present, according to the friendly park hosts, but we saw none. Distant train horns at times. Quiet and dark at night, active boats and jet skis on the lake by day. Fishing, boating, and wave runner oriented campers are the primary clientele. Remote. Not really near anything, although we day tripped to Ellijay's fruit stands and Dahlonega's gold museum. Bring your supplies. We would camp here again. - The Happy Traveler
May 2016 - $30.00
Stayed in the newer loop (site#4), this site has a great view of the lake. The camp hosts and maintenance crews made you feel at home. This campground is clean and you have 4G cell service. Carter's Lake is a great lake for fishing and boating. The campground during the Spring and Fall is not crowded. - AU Fishing
Jun 2016 - $30.00
This campground looks nothing like the photos on their WEB site. There are lot of long term residents. There is no cable TV available and using the TV Antenna you will receive about six (6) channels (3 of which are in Spanish).
The "recreation hall" is a dump. It has a TV with cable and a collection of furniture that looks like it was scavenged from the side of the road. - Crabman
May 2016 - $30.00
We were in the area to attend our niece's wedding. We stayed 3 nights, Thursday - Saturday. Most of the park residents seemed to be permanent, but the park was quiet and we had no problems. The restrooms/showers could stand to be updated but were okay. We were on site 1A and the site was very level. Would stay here again if the need arises. - junmy3
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Small privately owned park on top of a hill. GPS led us to the wrong spot, so be careful with that.
The park was clean and nicely arranged in a wooded area. There were too many trees for satellite reception on my site, but on others the trees were not so thick and it would likely work.
Nice shady location and very quiet. I've stayed here twice. If I have business in Ellijay again, I would stay here again. - Rich_40E
Oct 2015 - $45.00
This park is NOT big rig friendly. Asked for a pull-through site as we were only staying one night pulling our tow vehicle. Had to move sites due to not leveling, front driver's wheel at least 3 inches off the ground and rear duals as well. When we relocated, same problem, left with no choice but to unhook and re-set within the site. Still, could not level without front tires completely off the ground. Only good note, power and water pressure was good. We will not be back! - Adair
Oct 2015 - $43.00
This was our first time staying at this park. We couldn't get a reservation at our regular stop on way to Florida so thought we would give this park a try. Staff was very friendly and helpful, but like many KOA parks the sites are tight. We were in a pull through, but our poor neighbor still had to move their truck off their site for us to pull out. The nice part of the park was that 2 pull through had brick patios with a nice patio set (for extra $$). The petting zoo is very small, but the peacocks were very cool and wandered all over. Not afraid of people at all. It rained the entire time we were there so didn't really spend much time outdoors. We did get our warm cookies, yum. All in all, not a bad place to lay over, but it is a little tight for bigger rigs. I wish I could give it a better rating as the staff was great but the uneven sites combined with the tight fit forces me to lower the score. I would go back though if I couldn't get into our favorite park. - LovinFT
Jun 2015 - $31.00
WiFi did not work. Connected but would not stay connected. Park clean, easy in and out. If they can't have continuous Wifi they should not advertise. - Dick Schmidt
Aug 2014 - $30.00
Very small place. Only a few sites available due to permanent residents. NOT big rig friendly. Very tight right turn into CG. No staff on site. Sites not level. Low branches (real low). Owner, who we spoke with on phone was polite and friendly. - TRDAWG
Aug 2014 - $30.00
Not sure why this park doesn't get better ratings. It's quiet, spacious, peaceful and pretty. Fairly level and HUs work well. $30 per night seems excessive, though. GREAT BBQ place on the corner. - TheRollingJones
Apr 2013 - $22.00
The rate reflects a one week stay. This park is no frills. We did have full hookups. Most of the other attendees in this small park were permanent or semi-permanent. Scenery is nice. It is a ranch type with horses grazing. The site drainage is poor and we almost had to depart early because of serious rain. We stayed here because it was the only park close to a relative we were visiting. - gary456
Jul 2014 - $30.00
We discovered this Campground at the Tampa RV show and were excited to find it. It, apparently, is a semi-private CG located within a 5500 acre gated development. The sites are beautiful and very secluded. However, getting a reservation was a two day event, three weeks prior to our visit. Once we finally arrived at the gate, they had our anme, but the gate guard couodn't give us correct directions to the camping area. Pulling a 36' Fifth Wheel makes it quite difficult to make U-turns on narrow mountain roads. Once we finally (!) arrived at our camp site, the water and power hookups were still under lock and key, so we waited an hour before the 'ranger' came to unlock, only to find 30 amp service, and we need 50. Although we were told they had 'full hook-up', we had no TV, not even with our antenna. Wifi is very iffy on the mountains and it too, was not available. However, the area is just beautiful. The sites could use a little care, but they were adequate. We enjoyed our stay, but wish we would have received the proper information prior to our visit. By the way, the roads leading to the campsite, although paved, are very narrow and curvy, and can look quite scary at times, especially to my wife who's my navigator. It was hard for her to navigate with her eyes closed. LOL. I would not return. - Gus the Fireant
Mar 2016 - $29.00
Warning - do not attempt to stay here in a larger rig. This site accurately states the park is not big rig friendly, but the Georgia State Park website states there are 42 sites that will accept up to a 50' trailer or motorhome. Due to the contradiction, we called the park directly and they said no problem for our 45' DP. Should have listened to the other reviewer on this site that said don't bother with a 38' plus rig. Reservations are not site specific, and at the time we were here, we could pick from just about any site. My wife and I drove around for 30 minutes in our toad and finally selected a site we could make it into (barely) but could not fully level the motorhome without a tire or 2 in the air. Anyway, we made it in without using KY jelly on the sides of the rig, but did have my wife as a spotter on several campground turns as well as backing into the site. Again, this was the site we selected - had it not been available, I'm not sure I would have even tried too many others (unlevel, difficult access for longer rigs, etc.). Now for the good - if you are a smaller unit - sites are well spaced and woodsy. Nice trails, decent lake for kids to swim or canoe, a typical but nice state park. I would return if I had a much smaller rig. - Selectively Unemployed
Feb 2016 - $28.00
Love Fort Mountain; it had just snowed when we arrived, but roads were passable, beautiful scenery. Check-in was easy, get to pick your site, park staff and campground host very friendly. We camped in Loop #2 which has more spacious sites and on the lake; sites were fairly level, roads are tight for larger rigs and need some improvement, since it was still winter. Concessions, paddle boats, etc. were not open yet, but that was OK as we hiked the many trails, especially around the lake. Campground power 20/30/50 Amp, water good, and cable TV worked well. - leadshot
Oct 2015 - $26.00
This was our first visit to the park and we were glad we chose it. The road getting there is a little steep and winding but you are in the Georgia mountains so it's what you'd expect. Be sure to bring all the supplies you'll need as it is a bit of a drive to town. The office staff were very friendly and helpful and check in was easy. You get to pick your site so we drove through both loops and chose the smaller creek side camping loop one. The roads and sites in there seem to be more level and the pull thru sites along the creek look out into the woods and not into another campsite. Campground is nicely wooded with ample space between sites. Restrooms were clean. No problems with water or electric. Plenty to do in the park with hiking trails, paddle boat and canoe rentals, putt putt golf and a beach. We would camp here again. - 21fbrs
Jun 2016 - $38.00
Their webpage, all advertising, etc. state that they have a pool. They do, it just doesn't have water, pump, filter or heater. It does have leaves.
Their webpage, ads, etc. state that they have WiFi. They do. In the two weeks we were there I found no one who could use it. They very proudly point to a sign that says WiFi is a convenience and they don't guarantee it. But they advertise it. Those people who need it, as we did, all bought hot-spots.
Interior roads were easy to drive when vehicles were properly parked, but the operator provided no parking enforcement.
Overall, GoodSam should be ashamed. - User2370
May 2016 - $38.00
Long level gravel pull through sites with mowed grass between and a freshly painted picnic table on the side. Verizon 4G strong. This is a quiet, Clean and well cared for RV park near I75, making an excellent spot to spend a couple days to relax and restock. Well equipped Welding & machine shop next door if repairs are needed. - MIL-SAT
Jan 2016 - $38.00
We stayed overnight one night. The clerk was friendly and helpful. We would stay here again. The site was easyy to get in and out. The overall impression was very good. - Steve77
May 2016 - $18.00
Paid the Passport America rate of $15, plus $2 for electric and tax. This place is hard to rate. Almost all sites are permanents or storage units and they surround the perimeter of the property. The 2 FHU transient sites are behind and next to the far side of the office building. The office building has the bathrooms and laundry on the backside of it. The 2 overflow sites are on the near side and in front of the office building. They have a fairly large and not very level field that could be used for dry parking. Our first night was in the near side overflow with 50 amp, cable and water. It is on the road side of the office. Our next 3 nights were in the FHU behind the office and right next to the bathrooms. The WiFi is usable. We had a lot of foot traffic all around our RV as we were next to the bathrooms and laundry. But the people are very friendly here. As long as you know what your in for, this place does work out for the price. Some people might not like the closeness to the office building and people walking all around their unit. But, for the price it is a place we would return to. - Bob and Inga
May 2016 - $15.00
Stayed here one night while moving north. It is a clean park, nice people. Wi-Fi was nothing to write home about AT&T was good, so used my hotspot. Good 50 amp and water pressure. Stayed here in a 40 footer. - walt66
Apr 2016 - $15.00
It appears they only have 3 or 4 transient sites available. Electric with several cords. Water through several hoses. Would not stay here again. - Dick Schmidt