The Top of Georgia Unit and Park have gotten a bad reputation as not youth and children friendly on this forum, and I believe a bum rap as well. Two or three years ago, one of the forum members was at the Top during one of our rallies. During that time his children were riding bicycles in the park. One of the board members (not the president as reported), said something to them or their parents about how fast they were riding, and that there were older people that could be injured if run into. On the basis of this one incident we have all been painted with a broad brush as being intolerant of children and anyone who is not a senior citizen.
I assure you that this is not the case. In the 5 or so years that I have been in the club, I have never seen any children beaten, killed or otherwise abused by club officials or members. Since July, we have added 40 new families to our membership, a number of them well under the age of 50. We do indeed have "seasoned citizens" among our members, some in their 90's, but we also have a good number that are much younger, some in their 20's and 30's.
Our rallies generally consist of games, meals and an entertainment program on Saturday night. At the Spring Rally in April, we had children participating in the games, and their pictures are in the newsletter. We serve 3 breakfasts and one other meal during the rallies. The entertainment is family oriented, usually musical or comedy acts.
Our rally activities do not dominate our time while we are here. Especially during the Fall Rally, people like to ride around and look at leaves and the mountains. Our rally fees are also low, usually ranging from $8 to $12 per adult, children are free. Parking with full hookups, including cable tv, is $6 per night. The park is open year-round. One of the best bargains in the mountains.
There is plenty of time for trips to Helen, and to Hiawassee, Blairsville, Dahlonega, Clayton, Murphy, and Hayesville. The first couple of years that I was in the club, my wife and I spent most of our rally time riding around looking at houses and property. We now live in Hiawassee.
If you would like some first-hand information, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org