Some of the pics below are part of a scrapbook from our 2004 rental RV trip in a Mirada before I was using a digital camera. Just click on the pics to enlarge - hopefully you can see the sites better this way.
Appling - Winfield COE CG This COE CG
is about 10 miles off I-20 at Exit 175 and sits on J. Strom Thurmond lake. Sites are really large and most sit inside heavily wooded areas. Roads are all paved and easy to navigate but several sites have steep driveways. $22/night water, 50 amp, dump station. The bath houses are pretty far from the camping loops so they have out houses in each loop - but they are nice ones.
Conclusion — Lovely CG - our site was down a steep hill but very private — one of the most private sites in the campground. Very quiet except our last night some neighbor tent campers stayed up til 2 a.m. talking. But that’s Ok we still enjoyed our stay. Closest large grocery store is Wal-mart in Thomason about 20 miles away. There is a small ma & pa grocery just up the road about 3 miles or so — we did not check it out, but hear it has the essentials. I took pics of many sites which you can see here.
04/08 - Rating 9 — Post visit Rating - 5.
I took off .5 point for the steep drives — not because they exist but because recreation.gov does not even mention it. It describes site 16 as a 55 foot drive thru. There is no way we could drive thru this site but of course we are pretty large. Just be careful. Site 13 is another example that is not explained thoroughly. It is a very steep entrance and exit but you would be able to drive thru it — no turns inside that site. Pics of it in the link above. Another .5 point deduction for the bathhouse locations as I think they are too far away from many campsites so the alternative (for those not self contained) is to use the outhouse. While those are nicer than what you might expect, it seems a bit dated & creepy for a CG of this caliber.
Re: post visit rating. Our 2 a.m. neighbors may have done us in. Sigh If interested you can read that story here.
Forsythe - Forsyth KOA This KOA is halfway between Atlanta and Macon directly off I-75. Sites are fairly wide and the entire park is nicely wooded. There is a small fishing lake — not the prettiest lake (kind of muddy looking). Not a destination park (for us anyway). $25/night (KOA) water, 50 amp, sewer and cable.
Conclusion - OK overnight park - spacious sites and nice setting but the road noise was very LOUD.
04/04 - Rating 7
Flowery Branch - Old Federal COE CG - This CG
is about 45 minutes from Atlanta and one of several CGs on Lake Lanier. Most sites are directly on the water and nestled among the tall pine trees or surrounded by large grassy areas. $25/night - 30 amp, water, dump station. Laundry facilities in the bathhouse.
Conclusion - Just gorgeous. Sites are not as private as those at Winfield COE but the setting is quite scenic and the water views are incredible even though the lake levels were at an all time low during our visit.
Paved roads and sites —- although some sites are starting to buckle due to tree roots. Patio areas are quite large secured with railroad ties, big firepits and grills. Bath houses are looking a bit tired but they were always clean. Dump station drive is a bit narrow in the middle making it difficult for big rigs to line up easily without driving off the pavement (which is a bit of a drop). Plan your departure as there are long lines @ the dumpstation on Sundays. See several more pics in my Old Federal journals and if time permits take a drive up to Dahlonega,GA. What a fabulous little town — my favorite visit of little towns since we started RVing.
04/08 - Rating 9.5
I took off a half a point for the tired baths, dumpstation access issue, and some sites need to be repaved. This CG could use another dumpstation.
Jackson- Highfalls State Park —— Review pending.
Kingsland - Kingsland KOA This KOA is off I-95 just a few miles north of the Florida border.
An overnight spot for us. We have stayed here twice now - the site in pic is D10. The park is heavily wooded with tall pines. Sites were kinda tight with skimpy grass and pine needles. Some roads were muddy. In a downpour it would be a muddy mess - but looked like they were getting ready to add lots of gravel. $24.80 (KOA) water, 30 amp, cable. WiFi advertised but not working at the site (even on our 2nd trip — had to go outside to get a good signal) But you can get the WiFi to work in the office just fine.
Conclusion - OK overnight park. Some road noise. Dump station very tight access - be careful.
12/05, 03/07 - Rating 7
Lake Park - Lark Park KOA This KOA is directly off I-75 just a few miles north of the Florida border - another overnight spot for us. Wow — this place has a ton of sites — so many we wondered why they existed but the staff told us it is a popular rally spot. They have a section very close to the office with no shade - just a parking lot and then a larger section beyond a large lake. Access roads to the larger section are a little tight and you’ll have to be careful navigating through some areas but it is doable. $26.70 water, 50 amp, cable, WiFi and continental breakfast. WiFi worked just fine. Propane available.
Conclusion - OK overnight park but the road noise was really bad — never bothers Tom but it does me. There is just no escaping the freeway no matter which site you get. Overhead wires are really low — we could not avoid them. Cable connection was snowy - WiFi worked great.
04/08 - Rating 7
Rutledge - Hard Labor Creek State Park This CG is off I-20 not far from Atlanta.
The road within the park is quite tricky. We were driving a 34’ Mirada and we are not sure we could get our Bus in here. Some sites were pull thru but most were back in. The entire park is heavily wooded and gated at night. $22/night water, 30 amp, dump station. TV antenna picked up a few local stations - but not many.
Conclusion - Gorgeous CG. We loved it. Our site was huge. A true camping experience.
04/04 - Rating 9.
Savannah (Richmond Hill)- Savannah KOA This destination KOA is actually in Richmond Hill about 30 minutes from downtown Savannah. Off I-95 and US 17. Sites are very tight and not real long. We felt cramped. Some trees, but our site was too sunny in the afternoon. $35/night (KOA Value Card) water, 50 amp, sewer, cable.
Conclusion - Average - not that great for a destination location; we expected much more. Some road noise but tolerable.
04/04 - Rating 7.
Townsend - Lake Harmony RV Park
This is one of two CGs on the same lake which are off I-95 via exit 58. We had planned to stay at the other CG (McIntosh Lake), but the signage and road into Lake Harmony seemed a bit better. Roads are hard packed dirt and in better condition in the front of the campground.
They have a few pull thru sites, but we chose to take the pull in site beside the water since it was roomy and easy to see what we were getting. 50 amp, water, sewer, cable, free WiFi, propane available. $27.50/night (Good Sam,AARP)
Conclusion - An average overnight spot for us. It is a little over 1/2 mile from I-95 so you can barely hear the traffic. The tall pine trees and lake view were a nice treat. All the services that we used worked OK except the number of cable channels. They advertise 80, but we only got about 17 to work. WiFi worked great though. Several renters in the back part of CG appear to be living here. Lots of dogs back there and the tree roots were very heavy in that area. If you visit this place for overnight I’d recommend our site (46) or one in the front to avoid those roots. The owners are a delightful couple. She gave me the discount even though I could not find my Good Sam or AARP card. I suspect my deep face lines sealed the deal. They grew significantly this trip. giggle
10/08 - Rating 8.5