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Old 12-05-2020, 03:21 AM   #1
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North GA in late Dec Camp spots???

Looking for a great State Park or Campground to take my Class C and family after Xmas. Want to be able to day trip around for a few days and visit scenic/ historic places. Any advice greatly appreciated. Currently have a reservation at James "Sloppy" Floyd State park because it the only spot found availability so far. Never been in that area...
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Old 12-05-2020, 03:44 AM   #2
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Don't know any campgrounds, but north Georgia is beautiful.
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Old 12-05-2020, 11:51 AM   #3
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Looking for a great State Park or Campground to take my Class C and family after Xmas. Want to be able to day trip around for a few days and visit scenic/ historic places. Any advice greatly appreciated. Currently have a reservation at James "Sloppy" Floyd State park because it the only spot found availability so far. Never been in that area...


Vogel state park is open I think. There are trailheads to some great hikes right in the park. You can also get to Cleveland, Hiawasee, and Helen pretty easily from there.

Just FYI, it is fairly primitive with no cell service.
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Old 12-05-2020, 12:12 PM   #4
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Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds is a great facility in Hiawassee GA.

https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.c...er/campgrounds
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North Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee is open year round and with full hookups - centrally located to many places, like Helen, Clayton, Franklin NC, Murphy NC, etc.
The highest state park in Georgia, located in Clayton, Black Rock Mountain state park, has excellent views, and viewing platforms... though you'd have to check whether it's open in that timeframe - elec and water.

Back to Hiawassee, though, there are PLENTY of rv parks in the area.
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Thank you folks so much for the advice. I'll look into your recommendations. If you ever need any FL advice particularly on the east coast, shoot me a note, Im a true floridian........ Pat
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Unicoi SP is where we stay in the north GA mountains. If you want to hike in the mountains and still tour Helen this is the place.
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As a former Hiawassee resident, the suggestions offered are good choices.

A few cautions. Many private rv parks in the area close on November 1st. Double check on state run parks such as Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds and others. The weather there can change quickly from rain and mist to ice, black ice, and snow depending on elevation. Unicoi and Vogel are up in mountains.
Depending upon your route to get to the parks, you'll have some pucker factor mountains to cross. Any kind of bad weather and the highway patrol is pretty good at telling you what the actual conditions are at the moment.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:34 PM   #9
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As a former Hiawassee resident, the suggestions offered are good choices.

A few cautions. Many private rv parks in the area close on November 1st. Double check on state run parks such as Georgia Mountain Fair Grounds and others. The weather there can change quickly from rain and mist to ice, black ice, and snow depending on elevation. Unicoi and Vogel are up in mountains.
Depending upon your route to get to the parks, you'll have some pucker factor mountains to cross. Any kind of bad weather and the highway patrol is pretty good at telling you what the actual conditions are at the moment.
I lived in Hayesville, NC, Hiawassee and Blairsville GA for many years. Definitely pay attention to roads coming from the south if you've never been in the area. Hwy 129 (Blood Mountain) can be interesting for newbies.
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Margaritaville at Lake Lanier is great!!
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North GA in late Dec Camp spots???

We like Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah. They give a Vet discount and have a trolly into Savannah.


Sorry, missed the No Ga part. My bad.
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Old 12-12-2020, 09:46 PM   #12
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Our Favorite note of Atlanta but outside GA

We love Devils Fork State Park at Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. 2 1/2 hrs from Atlanta. lots of great waterfalls hikes nearby and there is Stumphouse Tunnel and Oconee Station Historic Sites.
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During peak months, you'll need to book a reservation 13 months in advance.
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Looking for a great State Park or Campground to take my Class C and family after Xmas. Want to be able to day trip around for a few days and visit scenic/ historic places. Any advice greatly appreciated. Currently have a reservation at James "Sloppy" Floyd State park because it the only spot found availability so far. Never been in that area...
Old Federal is a Corp of engineers campground on Lake Lanier. Beautiful sites, water views. No sewer, but if you have a rolling tank itís a great campground. 30 minutes to Atlanta. But if you arenít Mario Andretti and used to driving 95 mph the interstate into Atlanta can be very testy.
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Old 12-12-2020, 09:56 PM   #14
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I lived in Hayesville, NC, Hiawassee and Blairsville GA for many years. Definitely pay attention to roads coming from the south if you've never been in the area. Hwy 129 (Blood Mountain) can be interesting for newbies.
Blood mountain is one of 2 most challenging hike/climbs on the AT. We were on all 4ís in the rain. Never driven it.
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Old 12-12-2020, 10:49 PM   #15
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Track Rock Campground & Stables in Blairsville GA is a lovely family owned and operated campground, with horseback riding & hiking on site.
https://trackrock.com/

Hartwell lakeside RV Park in Hartwell GA used to be a state park, but is now privately run. Many beautiful waterfront sites were available when all the other state parks were full a month or so ago (peak fall).
https://hartwelllakesidervpark.com/
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Old 12-13-2020, 01:35 AM   #16
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Corps of Engineer Park around Acworth, GA a little North of Atlanta. Nice campground, but no full hookups. Neat little town, as well with a couple good restaurants. 15 minutes to Atlanta.
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We are now in Bunnell, FL for the last year and a half, but all our trips down via I-75 we made sure we stopped at Corps of Engineer Park right off I-75. No full hookups, but (as I recall) bathhouse were clean, lots of space between sites, most overlooking the water. There are several in that area.
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Old 12-13-2020, 03:30 PM   #18
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Looking for a great State Park or Campground to take my Class C and family after Xmas. Want to be able to day trip around for a few days and visit scenic/ historic places. Any advice greatly appreciated. Currently have a reservation at James "Sloppy" Floyd State park because it the only spot found availability so far. Never been in that area...
We have stayed at Vererans State Park three times because it is really nice. Pine Mountain is a charming town and The Southern White House at Hot Springs is definitely worth seeing. I think there is a Warm Springs State park, but we did not stay there.
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Thank you folks so much for the advice. I'll look into your recommendations. If you ever need any FL advice particularly on the east coast, shoot me a note, Im a true floridian........ Pat
What suggestions do you have in Florida's east coast? Central or northern would be most appreciated.
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