Joel R.


Marietta , GA

Joined October 2018

I camp a lot


Old Hwy 41 No 3 Campground is a COE campground on Lake Allatoona, about an hour North of Atlanta. The campground is only open May till September. There are about 50 sites, most had water and 30/50 amp electricity, a few with sewer. There are some lake front sites that appear larger, and are more expensive. Basic water/electric sites are $28/night, full hook-ups are $36, Lakefront are $64/night. Fire rings, picnic tables are provided, a playground and a bathroom/shower building. There is a laundry room, Also a dump station. They only allow 2 pets per site. This is a boating/fishing campground so there is a boat ramp. It is close to I-75 and US 41, but it is in the woods, so some of the highway noise is muffled, only some! There is also an entrance station which provides some security! The gate is open from 7 AM until 10:30 PM. NO ONE gets in after hours!

First to Review
One of Georgia’s Oldest State Parks

Indian Springs is near Jackson, GA, about an hour south of Atlanta off I-75. The park has 50-60 camp sites for tents and RVs. Most are back in, with water & 30 amp electric. There is a dump station. WiFi is available at the office. There are modern showers/bathrooms and a playground. There is also a pioneer campground and a group campground, plus cabins. According To the park brochure, Indian Springs State Park in Georgia is one of the oldest state parks in the US. The land was acquired from the Creek Indians by the state through the Treaty of Indian Springs in 1825, and was established as a state park in 1931. The park is named for several springs in the area. The Creek Nation used them for centuries to heal their sick. The water from the springs has a strong sulfur smell and taste. I would not recommend drinking it, but there were people filling plastic bottles of the stuff to take home at the stone Spring House built by the CCC during the Depression. There are several hiking trails, and a stream/creek which runs through the park. There are signs about “No Swimming” but I saw several people swimming anyway. There is a large lake with a boat ramp for fishing. The museum showcases the Creek Indians, a resort from the 1800s, and CCC history.

Small campground but pretty

Sprewell Bluff Park is about 50 miles south of Atlanta on the Flint River. The campground is small, tent & RV sites starting at $35/night with 30/50 amp electric, water, fire ring, and picnic tables. Most are back in. There is a showroom/bathroom. There are also cabins. The trading post has a variety of camping items and souvenirs. This is primarily a a fisherman’s Park. There is some canoeing and hiking, and a new playground. A boat ramp was added recently. It is somewhat difficult to get here.

No camping, but interesting history

Picket’s Mill Battlefield has a museum/visitor center, Earthworks, an 1800s Pioneer Cabin and 4 miles of hiking trails. There is no camping. Pickett’s Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. The site includes roads used by Federal and Confederate troops, earthworks constructed by the confederates, and hike through the ravine where hundreds of soldiers died. This is a Civil War battlefield from the Battle if Atlanta. In May 1864, the Federal Army reached the vicinity of Pickett’s Mill and prepared to attack the 10,000 Confederate troops waiting there. The Federals had lost 1,600 men compared to the Confederate loss of 500. The battle resulted in a one-week delay of the Federal advance on Atlanta.

Close to I-75 but still quiet

High Falls State Park is named for the cascade waterfall that flows from the lake in the park. It is a pretty good waterfall, on the Towaliga River. There is a campground with over 200 sites, with water & electric, 30/50 amp, Some are pull-thru, and a pioneer camping spot. There are also 6 lakeside yurts, with a small deck & picnic table. There is a small store and a dump station. You can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle-boards. There us also a small playground and a mini golf. The park also has swimming pool. Fishing is supposed to be big here, but I didn’t fish. Boat ramps are available.

You can hike along the edge of the waterfall, and there were people sunning and playing in the pools below the falls.

Not much but the River

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located on bend of the Chattahoochee River southeast of Atlanta, near Columbus GA. This is one of Georgia’s largest and newest state parks, with five miles of river frontage on the Chattahoochee. The campground has about 40 sites, some pull-they, but little shade. There are also some walk-in tent sites, and platform sites. The standard sites are water & electric, there is a bathroom/shower, and a dump station. There are cabins if you are not a camper. This is mostly a fishing/hiking park. A boat ramp provides access to the river for boaters and canoeing and there are six miles of wooded trails are open for hiking. There is an observation platform with views of the river and forest, but visibility was limited because of the trees. There isn’t much here but the river trail. But it is close to Columbus, GA, there are some zip-line places near by, and Roosevelt’s Little White House are close.

Dark Skies & Alligators

Stephen Foster State Park is in the middle of Okefenokee Swamp! This makes it a little harder to get to, but it is worth the trip. There are 66 tent and RV sites in the park. Some are pull-thru, Most have water and 30/50 amp electric. There is a shower/bathroom and laundry. There is also a dump station. The sites are set in the woods. Spanish moss hangs from trees and reflect off the black swamp waters, cypress knees dot the pools of black water. Wildlife is abundant. Paddlers brave enough to explore the water trails will enjoy breathtaking scenery and lots of wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, woodpeckers and lots more are found throughout the refuge, and often in the campground. This is a dark sky park, great for Stargazers. Do not bring any unneeded lights! There are guided boat tours of the swamp. Sunset and night tours may be available. Billy’s Island is an historic homestead within the park. Fishing is popular…but alligators can be competing for your catch. Okefenokee Swamp has an estimated 12,000 American Alligators! They are best viewed from a distance. Pets are allowed in the park and camping area, but not in boats, even personal watercraft. Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates are locked at night. There is also a $5 refuge fee in addition to the state park fee.(Unless you have a National Park pass)

Very quiet and relaxing

Desoto State Park is on top of Lookout Mountain about 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, In Northeast Alabama. DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park near Mentone, Alabama. The Campground has 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. Most are Back-In Sites, with a few Pull-Thru. All sites have water, & electric, and sewer. They are about 16 feet by 60 feet deep with 50/30 Amp Service, Cable TV.
There are picnic tables and Grills on each site. There are two large bathroom/shower buildings with coin-operated laundry. There is a Wi-fi hotspots at each bathhouse (wifi does not reach to every campsite) There are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as two back country campsites with shelters. Along with camping, Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappelling, bouldering and picnicking are popular.

Ok for a quick get away

The US Army Corp of Engineers manages McKinney Campground on Lake Allatoona near Acworth. It’s close to home, so it’s a quick trip. There are 150 tent/RV sites. Fees range from $24 - $28 per night. Some are waterfront sites and have higher rates. The sites range from 21 ft. To 60 ft., most are back-in sites, with 50 amp electric and water hookups. We were in site 136, which was pretty good size. There are 2 sand beach swimming beaches. The Campground also has showers/bathroom facilities (I counted 7 shower buildings) and a coin laundry facility. There is a a dump station available. Wildlife sightings are frequent & and there is a dock & boat ramp. Reservations can be made through the Corp of Engineers-877-444-6777. But some sites are first-come, first-served campsites that cannot be reserved. One down side is they have a limit of 2 pets per site.

Always a great camping experience

I’ve been to Cloudland several times. It’s always a wonderful camping experience with great hiking. There are 2 camping loops, the East Loop has 30 mostly RV sites. They have 30 & 50 amp service, and water. Bathroom and shower are centralized. This loop is closer to the trail heads. The West loop is larger, with 42 sites. These are more wooded and offer better privacy. The west loop is water & electric only as well, with 2 shower/bath houses. There are 2 dump stations in the park. There are also 20 yurts, a pioneer camping area, 30 walk-in camp sites, and cabins. The bathrooms are showing some wear. They are not the most modern, but there was plenty of hot water and the water pressure was adequate. The park offers a catch & release pond, disk golf and caving with a guide. There is a security gate that automatically closes at 10 pm, so be sure to get the gate code if you are planning to be out of the park in the evening. The park is only 20 miles from Chattanooga, TN, and the Chickamauga National Battlefield, and an easy drive to Russell Cave National Monument & Little River Canyon.

Small campground - nice hiking

Sweetwater Creek SP is just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta. It’s a great place for hiking and fishing, but camping is limited. A wooded hiking trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War by General Sherman’s troops. The ruins can only be entered by taking a ranger led guided tour. There are several other trails that climb the rocky bluffs, as well as trails through the fields and woods. There is no beach and swimming in the lake is not allowed. Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and pedal boats can be rented and there is a bait shop/park store. The campground is small, just 5/6 sites, with no facilities. There is also a boat ramp, fishing dock, museum and playground. Wi-Fi is available in the Visitor Center & Bait Shop.


Moccasin Creek SP is located on Lake Burton in north Georgia. This is primarily a fishing & boating campground. Although it’s in the mountains, the park is relatively flat along the lake, so large RVs fit easily, along with kid’s bicycles, boat trailers, and wheelchairs. It was very crowded when we were there. Not a relaxing way to camp. The fishing pier sits above a trout-filled creek open only to seniors 65 and older and children 11 and younger, and any Georgia residents with a disability fishing license. There is a trout hatchery station, and trails for hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains Lake Burton is a big water skiing location as well. Kayaks, paddleboards and canoes are available to rent. The campground is small, with only 53 Tent & RV Sites. And most people have extra trailers for boats which makes getting around a challenge sometimes. There is a Boat Dock & Ramp. an ADA Fishing Pier, a fish cleaning station, laundry, showers, a Playground and a small store for basics.

It’s an erosion site, but still pretty

Providence Canyon SP is Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”. It’s basically a huge erosion site, but it is very pretty and interesting. The deep gullies, some up to 150 feet, were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s. Today they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. The canyon soil’s pink, orange, red and purple hues make a beautiful setting for hiking, although it can be messy. There is usually a layer of water along the trail, where the water table is just below the surface. The park trails provide views of the canyons from the rim trail (stay behind fences) and you can also explore the deepest canyons. Backpackers can stay overnight along the backcountry trail which winds through the canyon and mixed forest. There are 3 Pioneer camp sites and 6 backcountry sites. All are primitive camping, and require reservations. RV and improved Camping, cottages and cabins are available nearby at Florence Marina State Park.

Nice camping close to Helen GA

Unicoi State Park is just two miles from Helen GA. It is a convenient location for visiting there, particularly in fall during the town’s Octoberfest. Unicoi is in North Georgia Mountains & includes a campground, cabins, “barrel cabins” and Lodge with a nice lake for fishing and canoeing. There are 51 RV sites with water and electricity that can accommodate 30-foot and 40-foot RVs, 82 tent sites, family tent campsites, walk-in sites and primitive “Squirrel’s Nest” sites. The park has numerous hiking trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest, plus a trail into Helen. Nearby is Anna Ruby Falls, administered by the US Forest Service. Smith Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River flows from the falls to Unicoi Lake. It is a good trout fishing stream. Other activists include archery and target shooting, fly fishing, paddle boarding, boat rentals, zip lining, mountain biking and a beach.

Ok, not great

Stopped here for an overnight on our way home to Georgia from Yellowstone. It’s ok for a 1-night stop. I wouldn’t stay more. The sites are level, with long pull-throughs, with full hookups. But there is no shade. Also no store. There is a grill/bar that serves dinner, drinks and appetizers. Pool, playground, dog park, stocked fishing pond, laundry. Bathroom/shower facilities were ok. Several text sites did have shade.

Close to Yellowstone

Yellowstone NP is just 6 miles from the campground, so it’s passable for a few nights. You don’t need to spend much time in the campground because there isn’t much shade. Sites are very tight. There is a tour bus that can pick you up at KOA's office for a ride to the park, if you don’t want to drive yourself. There is also horseback riding, fly-fishing, and whitewater rafting nearby. indoor pool, laundry/shower dump station. They have pancakes in the morning. West Yellowstone is close by for after visiting the park.

New owners making changes

This campground got new owners a few years ago. It looks pretty good now, with recently remodeled bathroom/showers. There is a store and laundry facilities, and a pool. This is an RV Park, but there were some tent spaces. Internet was pretty good. It was a little pricy, but ok for one night.

Wake up to Devils Tower

Belle Fourche River Campground is National Park campground right next to the tower. There are 2-loops with 46-sites. There are no hookups, but Drinking water is available at water spigots and in the restrooms. There is some shade. This is a first come, first served campground, no reservations. There is a 14-day limit on occupancy. Some sites are pull-through sites with room for medium RVs. You can wake up and watch the mountain tower with your coffee in the morning

Finally, a KOA without all the rock

This is, finally, a KOA that isn’t covered in gravel and dust! There is real, green grass! The sites are small, and tight, but there is grass. They have mostly RV sites, with some tent sites and small cabins. Electric and water, some with sewer. There is a small store, game room and pool. The shower would be better with a real door, not just curtains. They have a good size dog park, plus an extra area for dogs to run, unfenced.

Worth it for the view

Right on the edge of the Yellowstone River, about 90 minutes north of Yellowstone NP. This is an RV Park, so no tents are allowed. The view of the river and the mountains is fantastic. And, it’s close to dining in Livingston if you want that. Laundry facilities and a larger than average store. Pet friendly. The sites are small. But, I would definitely go back.