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Established Camping

Shady Grove Campground

About

County

Shady Grove Campground is open seasonally for primitive and RV camping; courtesy boat dock and access to Lake Lanier. Fishing is permitted and hiking trails abound along the lakeshore. The campground is located at 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road in Cumming and has over 110 campsites. Shady Grove Campground amenities include: Tent and RV Sites (30/50 amp) with water, a beach and swim area, a boat ramp with courtesy dock, a group campsites with picnic shelters, a playground, and wash houses.

Reservation Info

Campsites may be reserved up to 30 days in advance with full payment made in person at the campground. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, credit card, or money order.

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Location

Shady Grove Campground is located in Georgia

Detail location of campground

Address

7800 Shadburn Ferry Road
Cumming, GA 30041

Coordinates

34.20843949 N
84.03645575 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin
  • Yurts

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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22 Reviews

HThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2024

Deer everywhere!

This is a very well maintained and popular campground on Lanier. I’ve come here since I was a kid. Tent sites are down some stairs, keep that in mind.

Site56
Month of VisitDecember
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  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Hanna P., April 22, 2024
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DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2023

Great place to camp.

Lots of shade. Park is open year around now. Cam book on reserve America a year out.

Tent loop has no power or electric. You can put a tent on any site. RV sites all have 20, 30 and 50 amp service. Also all have water. No sewer in the sites. Bathrooms are all well kept and clean. RV dump station available. Lots of Deer!!

Site78
Month of VisitJuly
Doug S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2023

Best campground

One of the most gorgeous, clean, amazing campgrounds we’ve ever stayed up.

Site27
Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Doug S., July 15, 2023
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Doug S., July 15, 2023
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Doug S., July 15, 2023
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2022

Nice campground, well equipped

This campground is clean and well run. I enjoyed my solo trip here. Most of the spots are full so it’s not as private, but overall I would stay again. The cell service was pretty decent also.

Site99
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Moe B., October 26, 2022
a
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2022

Nice clean campgrounds

Nice quiet camp grounds. Each camping spot has a decent amount of room including a fire pit, grill, and picnic table. Spots are slightly uneven. There is easy access to the boat ramp and lake beach. The bathrooms are clean.

Site64
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by ashley , October 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by ashley , October 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by ashley , October 14, 2022
Jeanne W.
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2022

We love Shady Grove

This park it just beautiful. If you love large wooded spots with great lake views and lots of deer to watch....this is your park. Located in a very nice part of Georgia with so many places to go and see. Or just relax and soak up mother nature's beauty.

SiteSite 62
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Jeanne W., March 24, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Jeanne W., March 24, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Jeanne W., March 24, 2022
Ingrid A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2022

Love this place

We have now stayed here three times. Sites are paved, some are very level. All sites have lovely picnic / sitting areas. Most have beautiful lake views or are on the lake. Clean and quiet.

Site27
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Ingrid A., March 19, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Ingrid A., March 19, 2022
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Ingrid A., March 19, 2022
Lesley and Vera E.
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2021

Beautiful Views, Iffy People

We've been to this campground twice. The first time was beautiful and we wanted to come back. We have family that lives on Lake Lanier so we are in the area a lot. Our second site was not as beautiful, but still had some decent views. 

While we weren't drinking, the campsite next to us was and the ranger was pretty aggressive with them, even, seemingly, watching from the bushes. It was very creepy and seemed too much.

As the other comments say, don't expect to drink or just put it in a different container so it doesn't look like alcohol but I can't guarantee the creepy ranger won't sit in the bushes and watch you pour your drink.

Month of VisitJune
k
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Amazing

We were this weekend. It was wonderful. very quiet and very friendly organizers. All clean and very wooded. The lake was breathtaking. I highly recommend

Month of VisitAugust
M
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2021

Nice Lake side camp site 52

This site was a nice distance away from the RV focused campsites at the same location. Site 52 was close to site 53 and 54 and would be a good choice if you are looking to camp with multiple families over multiple sites. Many of the other sites on the tent only loop are more spread out. With that said, site 52 was still fairly private due to the grade of the land. The site itself could fit a 5-6+ person tent or two medium tents very well. The bathhouse is a small walk from most of the camp sites. We brought water with us so we did not go looking, but the bathhouse sink seemed to be the only source for water. The best part of site 52 is the nearly perfect easterly direction of the site. On a clear day you can watch the sunrise from your tent. 

This year(2021) it seems they repaved most of the roads at the campgrounds so if you are bringing bikes or scooters it will be a smooth ride around the grounds. 

Lake Lanier a popular with fisherman so there is a good bit of motor boat noise. I did not find it to be bothersome. If you are camping with kids, it can be fun watching the boats as you sit by the lake. 

If you live in the Atlanta area and looking for a quick and simple weekend camping trip this is a nice location.

Site52
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Michael , March 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Michael , March 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Michael , March 7, 2021
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Chad F.
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2020

Great lakefront spot

We stayed at site #82 pull through. $30/night. 30' hybrid travel trailer. We will come back here again

Pros:

  • easy to level trailer
  • excellent lakefront view (many of the sites have lakefront views)
  • private with plenty of tree cover
  • quiet
  • large site area
  • friendly gate person
  • good cell reception with t-mobile
  • clean restrooms
  • good water pressure

Cons:

  • 30 amp issues on pole with EMS readings. 50 amp was fine
  • steep hill to get to the lake
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Chad F., November 8, 2020
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Chad F., November 8, 2020
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Chad F., November 8, 2020
T
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2020

Gorgeous, well maintained and very clean

I've camped at Shady Grove multiple times and each experience has been great. I live nearby and it's a great oasis to quickly escape the rat race in metro Atlanta. 

Originally built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, it's now operated by Forsyth County Parks and Rec. They're doing a terrific job of maintaining and upgrading the campground.

Very good to excellent mobile phone reception. Supermarkets are 10-15 minutes away.

Site86
Month of VisitJuly
Rick B.
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2019

Nice but Nazis

Nice campground. If you enjoy having a beer while camping don’t come here. Beautiful day, beer in a solo cup playing cards with my wife at a picnic table.  We were not making noise, nobody complained about us.  Ranger pulls up and gave us both tickets.  We had a mandatory court appearance, turns out each ticket is $280.00. No warning, I couldn’t believe what happened. Other than that, it’s a good campground. We won’t be back.

B
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2019

Great view of the lake!

Site 74 is easy to back in and has plenty of shade in the evening. Great views.

Linda B.
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2019

Nice relaxing place

Lake Lanier is huge with many campgrounds to choose from.  My favorite is Shady Grove.  Sites are large.  Many with nice views. Easy to manipulate around with wide roads.  Lots to do of all water sports.   Striped Bass is a favorite for anglers.

Month of VisitMay
N
Reviewed May. 29, 2019

Ok I think

Trip taken Labor Day 2018. Still pregnant. I can’t complain about this trip as I barely remember it! I can confirm I had good signal on my phone as basically all we did was watch football. All the sites appear to be waterfront but ours, 87, kind of wasn’t. But it was shady and pretty. I never used the bathhouse.

  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Nicole B., May 29, 2019
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Nicole B., May 29, 2019
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Nicole B., May 29, 2019
5Dudes
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2019

Great Campground

Very nice wooded campground on Lake Lanier, very spacious sites, many on the lake. Water and electric with a dump station. Dump station very easy to get into. Nice playground for the kids, Over the air TV worked great. Only reason for the 4 stars is our site was not level, took some work to level our rig. Also our site needed a little TLC. I did notice them updating sites. Defiantly worth a stay

W
Reviewed May. 28, 2018

Great park. Several water sites

Camped at Shady Grove many times. Large clean sites with power and water. No sewer but the park does have a dump station. Many water sites.

C
Reviewed May. 16, 2018

Camping on Lake Lanier? Yes, please!

Shady Grove is a wonderful gem of a campground. It is owned and run by Forsyth County and is beautifully maintained. Living in the North Atlanta area, this became on of our easy, go-to camp sites. Over the past couple of years, the county has been upgrading the sites and they have done a wonderful job. There is no comparison between Shady Grove and the Corps of Engineers camp grounds on Lanier. Shady Grove wins every time!

There is a nice playground that is walking distance from our favorite camp sites that the kids really love.

There is a strict no alcohol policy in the campground and it is made very clear by signage in the park.

Month of VisitMay
Jill R.
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

Bring the tent, leave the beer

This place is nice and beautiful place, there was little to no trash floating around the sites, and it was obvious that the rangers took pride in this camp site. When I met the ranger, I soon realized that he may have been taking his job too seriously... I felt like I was at a high school party that just got busted by the cops. The ranger was telling us full grown adults that we had to throw away all of our alcohol. He demanded that we empty our wine bottle and growlers, I dont understand why we had to waste all of that money spent on alcohol, when we could have simply put it away, and drank it on a later date after we had checked out from the camp site. I honestly felt like I was a teenager again, and this cocky ranger was a wanna be cop or something. I understand some places you are not allowed to drink, and I respect that, however, I respect it by putting the corks back into my bottles, not by pouring them out onto the grass. If they asked me to pack up my booze, I might have come back to camp another time. however the way that we were treated, I will not be back. I can find a place with just as nice of a view, with less inconsiderate rangers.

Jennifer S.
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

Shady Grove Campground on Lake Lanier

We met some friends here in the late afternoon Sunday of July 4th weekend. They already had a site (#51) which was nice with a beautiful view over the lake. The site had a nice big area with fire pit, picnic table, grill and room for a big tent. It also had a paved area down below where you can set up chairs with a great view of the water. The bath house was just a walk away. It did not have a great beach area, you have to climb or jump down the embankment but it is doable, just be mindful of young ones and pets. There is a main beach area in the campgrounds down the street but we wanted privacy for our group. The water is rocky so be careful. Once in the water we had a blast, great view of the islands in the water, boaters and jet skiers going by and nobody else on our beach. The bathrooms and showers were not great but there if you need them. They definitely don't want alcohol in the park. My friends said someone came by and told them to make sure they don't have alcohol earlier that day but I never saw one park ranger the whole time we were there. The other sites were kind of close but we got lucky and they all left earlier in the day. The sunrise was beautiful over the lake, we got to see some fireworks over across the lake at lanier world.

  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Jennifer S., July 5, 2016
  • Review photo of Shady Grove Campground by Jennifer S., July 5, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shady Grove Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Shady Grove Campground has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Shady Grove Campground?

Shady Grove Campground allows vehicles up to 40 feet.

Are fires allowed at Shady Grove Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Shady Grove Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Shady Grove Campground have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Shady Grove Campground does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Shady Grove Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.