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This campground was an awesome find as it is tucked in beside the Tallulah River only 3 miles from the Tallulah River Gorge which offers site seeing and hiking. The campground is set up for RVs, primitive tent sites, covered tent shelters, and cabins that are for rent right on the the river. They also offer indoor and outdoor showers and have a recreation building along with a park for the kids. Pulling in to this campground gives you an exotic feel as bamboo, pine trees, and awesome fire pits fill the scene. The hosts are amazing and down to earth and will go out of there way to make sure you are enjoying your vacation from reality, all the while giving you your space and privacy. I am not sure what events they hold on other holidays, but on the 4th of July, they had an awesome classic rock band that played for a few hours and shot off fireworks. If you want to camp or glamp…this is the place!
We stayed here for a quick overnight. Very quite and pretty. The camp host Jeff and Joy are AMAZING. We were running late and they stayed late for us. Once there they we so great. Got us into a awesome site. We pull a 30 foot trailer and had no issues.
We tent camped for 2 nights in campsite #1 in campground #1. This site is the first site to the right when you pull into the campground. There are trash cans at the campground exit and a direct line of sight view of the dump station. The west river trail runs right behind the campsite. The site itself is spacious with plenty of shade. There are a couple of good sets of trees for hanging a hammock. The electric box is a little further from the tent pad (which is packed sand and not gravel) than most sites I’ve stayed at, so I was happy that I brought an extension cord. The camp restrooms are adequate but not at all ADA accessible at campground #1. There are 3 toilet stalls, 2 that have working latches, and 2 shower stalls- both with working latches. Both of the showers have a small little room for you to change clothes with a hook on the wall and a hook on the door and a little bench. If you’re tall, be ready to duck to get your head under the water because the shower heads are low. Temperature and pressure were good. Bonus perk- stray cats at the campground.
The park itself has some cool trails. We hiked the west river trail all the way to the farm at the front of the park. It took us over wooden boardwalks over swampy Cyprus areas and through the forest around the 17 mile river. It was pretty and the heritage tobacco farm was really cool. There are restrooms and a coke machine at the farm. The coke machine takes cards, but bring lots of water with you. There are lots of animals that are used to being fed, so buy some food at the visitor’s center, or prepare to be made to feel guilty. The farm is situated next to a small lake, and when the world isn’t shutdown due to COVID-19, they rent boats. The lake is big enough to boat around in for a little while and there are fish to be caught- carp from what I could tell.
There was a small gravel road that split off from the first group picnic shelter area that takes you down to the 17 mile river for fishing access. The 17 mile river dries up some years, but the deeper “lakes” keep water in them during those dry years. The river wasn’t flowing while we were here, but there was some standing water in places that would have been dry if it hadn’t rained recently.
The park is about an hour and a half drive from the main entrance of the Okefenokee swamp. We drove down there and rented a kayak so we both could go paddle the swamp. On the way down there, somewhere outside of waycross, we passed a mudding course, if that’s more your style.
Overall, this is someplace that I probably wouldn’t come back to because I’ve done all the things that the park has to offer, and there are more parks to explore. It’s definitely worth a visit for a night or two, or as a jumping off point for other activities this part of the state has to offer.
We booked for a primitive camp site. The lady on the phone told us it was a 3/4 mi walk. We didn’t mind until it got hot (high 80’s-mid 90’s) on our second trip, a park ranger told us we could drive up to the site. (I only back up this suggestion if you have a 4WD) Of course after walking all that way in the heat we wish we knew that beforehand. So we drove to the pioneer campsite and he said to turn where you see the poles with the chains broke off. He said if the chains are down you’re free to drive up. I was iffy about parking there (after i paid the parking fee of course because of honor code) but by the fresh tire tracks and later hearing someone else’s car beep to lock i felt better about keeping the trucks there and so we did. Also beforehand i saw the weekend we went was all booked up and for how booked it was we were surprised we didn’t see that many cars and now we know why we didn’t after seeing those fresh tracks. Great camping area very dispersed but enough that if you have good vision through the trees you could see other camp sites. As for water we had to drive to the RV park for it. We couldn’t find a dumpster to dump our trash in so if anyone has that information i would love to see that in your review because we want to come back in the winter time. Great hiking, boating, kayaking, and fishing!!! Overall we had a great weekend there and this review was long overdue! As mentioned. Definitely returning in the winter!
Spaces were tight. They do have construction happen ing in the campground but weren't doing any work when we stayed thanks to covid19. Park has a couple small hikes and a big lake with gators swimming around. They had a few working swings that made sitting by the lake enjoyable for watching the swimming gators. We saw a couple of them during our stay along with other fun wildlife. We did enjoy our stay however had the campground been full we might have had a different opinion.
Perhaps we were spoiled in our camping experience just prior to this in Magnolia Springs. Campsites here are close together and some of them unacceptably so! Sites four and five are literally next to each other, questionable if there was room to even put out our awning. Also sites 13 and 14 were the same way. We had planned to stay for a week but 13 was our assigned site and it was awful. We left. Young people in the office were gracious about a refund, however not apologetic. Perhaps they don’t realize what it is like when you are on the road and needing to be sure you have a spot for Thanksgiving weekend. Fortunately, we have found ourselves in a wonderful little private park about an hour from there. Guess it was meant to be. Restrooms were very nice and clean.
There was a sign on the way in to the WMA stating a land pass is required to enter. I went without as it was late an no one was there. Two grassy areas marked for camping, the one further in by the fenced building has a dumpster and deer hanger with water hose. Saw several doe and not a single person but did see boot tracks on the dirt road on the way out in the morning. I’m in a truck camper, stayed one night although there was a sign saying it’s ok to stay 14 days. AT&T gets two bars of LTE