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Old 09-18-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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North Georgia State Parks

Looking for new new camping locations in North Georgia something that will accommodate a 42 camper any input is greatly appreciated!We visited FDR last Nov. that was a very nice place. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:57 PM   #3
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Fort Mountain State Park is pretty good for that length. So is Cloudland Canyon as long as you go "up and over" through Chattanooga to get there. Moccasin Creek, Unicoi are also favorites. Vogel is nice but the campsites are older, and pretty much on top of each other.

Avoid:
Amacalola State park (road too steep)
And my favorite park in Georgia Black Rock Mountain - its a great park but the road is long, very steep and very narrow.
Also I avoid Tallulah Gorge State Park - the campground is run by Georgia Power and it's badly maintained and the staff is RUDE.

On private parks we've enjoyed:
Enota Retreat Campground near Helen although the reviews are mixed and the sites are pretty close together.
We also have enjoyed TrackRock Campground.

Don't know how you define "north" Georgia - the above sites are in the mountains. If north to you is above Macon then consider Hard Labor Creek, High Falls, Indian Springs, Victoria Bryant (there just last weekend).

FDR is one of my favorite parks, by the way. Not because the Campground is so great, but for all the really cool stuff to do within a few minutes drive: Little White House, town of Warm Springs, Warm Springs Hospital, Callaway Gardens (rent bikes!) with it's butterfly house, beach, golf, etc. and The Game Ranch where you drive your car through all kinds of wild animals.

I've camped in pretty much every state park in the northern half of the state and most in the southern part - as well as S.C., N.C., Tenn and Alabama. My reviews are all over RVParkReviews.com or PM me with any specific questions.
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We just left FDR park. It was very nice but hard to get to from our location. If I went back it would be in the loop 5 section.

We like Cloudland Canyon, Sloppy Floyd SP's. Most of our N. Georgia travel is in the Hiawassee, Ga private cgs. We are headed to Riverbend RV park in a few weeks. Last year we stayed at Long Ridge. Another we like is Georgia Mountain Fairground CG.

Also some great COE parks in the area.
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Norty1, Thanks for the tips on Riverbend and Long Ridge. I looked them both up and may have to give them a try. Normally we don't go for "civilized" campgrounds like Riverbend but this one does look nice.

Drove through Sloppy Floyd one time and wasn't that impressed. Seemed like fishing was about all there was and not much in the neighborhood. What do you like about that park?
Had a similar reaction to the new Chattahoochee Bend SP - it's new and clean but not much to do there and the campground was on a bulldozer cleared hill with little 5ft recently planted trees.
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Fort Mountain State Park is pretty good for that length. So is Cloudland Canyon as long as you go "up and over" through Chattanooga to get there. Moccasin Creek, Unicoi are also favorites. Vogel is nice but the campsites are older, and pretty much on top of each other.

Avoid:
Amacalola State park (road too steep)
And my favorite park in Georgia Black Rock Mountain - its a great park but the road is long, very steep and very narrow.
Also I avoid Tallulah Gorge State Park - the campground is run by Georgia Power and it's badly maintained and the staff is RUDE.

On private parks we've enjoyed:
Enota Retreat Campground near Helen although the reviews are mixed and the sites are pretty close together.
We also have enjoyed TrackRock Campground.

Don't know how you define "north" Georgia - the above sites are in the mountains. If north to you is above Macon then consider Hard Labor Creek, High Falls, Indian Springs, Victoria Bryant (there just last weekend).

FDR is one of my favorite parks, by the way. Not because the Campground is so great, but for all the really cool stuff to do within a few minutes drive: Little White House, town of Warm Springs, Warm Springs Hospital, Callaway Gardens (rent bikes!) with it's butterfly house, beach, golf, etc. and The Game Ranch where you drive your car through all kinds of wild animals.

I've camped in pretty much every state park in the northern half of the state and most in the southern part - as well as S.C., N.C., Tenn and Alabama. My reviews are all over RVParkReviews.com or PM me with any specific questions.
When was the last time you were at Tallulah Gorge? We were there in April and found no issues with maint. and polite park Rangers behind the desk. Only problem was finding a fairly level spot. It was our first camping trip in the class C and my first time having to level with blocks. In my self converted van if it was level enough to sleep we were good.
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We were there in March of last year. I just read a review on RV Park Reviews that says that Georgia State Parks have taken over control of the Campground from Georgia Power - so perhaps it's better now. There was (perhaps they are gone now) a couple that ran the campground for Georgia Power at Tallulah - they had negative reviews all over the the internet - from Google to Yelp to RV Park Reviews.

When we want to go to that area we like to stay at Rabun Beach Campground. It's one of the very few National Forest Service Campgrounds in Georgia with hookups. It's a HUGE campground and only part has hookups but it's all very remote, well spaced sites and almost NOBODY knows it's there - or at least they don't realize it has hookups. Just one thing - DO NOT go in by Terrora Road and Lake Rabun Road - which is how most GPS will take you. It's narrow and very twisty with rock walls right beside the road. Instead go to Hwy 76 and take Charlie Mt. Road down to Lake Seed Road, down to Lake Rabun Road. Then enter the campground at the second entrance coming from the west. The sites with hookups are at the east entrance. Just don't miss the entrance - there is no place to turn around before you're on that twisty road :-).
I'm making it sound horrible - it's not really that bad if you come in the right way and pay attention.

Nice think about Rabun Beech Campground is you can decide you want to go camping on a Friday during leaf season, and just drive in and get a great site.
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Not sure of length restrictions but Rabun County has three state parks and a great private cg called River View. Also endorse River Bend in Hiawassee and also stayed at Bald Mountain Camping Resort in Hiwassee two weeks ago, very nice. Anybody been to The Great Outdoors in Franklin Tn? Going for a week soon, looks nice and has great rating. I'll be glad to review latter.
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Anybody been to The Great Outdoors in Franklin Tn? Going for a week soon, looks nice and has great rating. I'll be glad to review latter.
I thought The Great Outdoors was in Franklin, NC, or are you talking about a different place? If it is the NC one, I would love a review. Thinking about going there for the eclipse next year.
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We stayed in Unicoi over a long weekend and it was nice. Its not run by the state, but a 3rd party. I believe Amicalola has the same management. A number of activities for kids to sign up for that cost extra.
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