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My seasonal five-star rating is based on being here in the offseason. There is just something about having a campsite right on the water that is so peaceful. However, in the summer, I would imagine the water would be clogged with boats zooming around, and we would not find it so peaceful or enjoyable (but many others would).
There are four sections to this 130-site campground: Mallard Point, Oakwood, Creek View, and River Chase. The only sites that are reservable are in the Oakwood and Creek View Sections. Only Mallard Point and Oakwood were open when we were there; I’m not sure if it was because of flooding or just low occupancy. Based on Elaine H’s review, we had reserved Site 50 in the Oakwood section for two nights and we were not disappointed. We were right on the water, which gave us a little concern after the host said the water was expected to rise (some of the sites had some water) but we didn’t have a problem. Not much separation/privacy between sites but most people were in RVs (didn’t see any tents). Each site has a large picnic table, fire ring, lantern hook, and food prep table.
Bathrooms were very clean AND heated, which was nice as the temperatures dipped below freezing at the end of February. Each section has laundry facilities ($1.50 each for wash/dry) The map showed two dump stations, one at the very end of the campground and one located in the Oakwood section but again, only the one in Oakwood was open when we were there. Sadly, no recycling.
There are two very short nature trails but no other hiking trails. There is a fenced-in dog park. If you are not a boater, there is not much to do but again, it was very peaceful at the end of February.
We reserved group shelter 03 which has access to trails right behind it, electricity, two bathrooms, and plenty of parking room for a large group of people. The canyon was awesome! Dress for walking through mud and water.
It was a great hike to our campsite and the camp site was great had a great view and even though we didn’t get to hike through the canyon due to my girlfriend twisting her ankle after a slip in some mud we recommend this place for hiking and camping the staff was very helpful in getting us back to our vehicle after my girlfriend’s accident and made sure she was ok and gave her an ice pack to put on her ankle til we were able to get it checked out to make sure is was just twisted the map the gave us to get to our camp was was good and they told what to look for and the trial itself is awesome I will say it’s not an easy trial but more of a moderate trail definitely make sure have water with you as the park recommended not to try and filter water due to very fine sediment which was not a problem for us at there was a lite rain so we just collected rain water but I would definitely recommend this state park for a great hiking trail and camping trip
Parked late one afternoon to get a driving break in road trip. Tent camping from dusk till dawn was peaceful. Lots of areas to climb though the trails.
Stayed December 2019 for a long weekend. The sites are all very nice with fire ring, lantern pole, picnic table, small counter height table, and concrete pad for your camper or tents. Ample additional parking available. Bathrooms were well maintained. We stayed in the Oakwood loop. River Chase loop has the best playground. Staff were very friendly. Several dump stations as well as a dog park. Would like some more hiking trails.
Absolutely beautiful day in Georgia!