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Old 02-10-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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Wife and I need campground recommendations

My wife and I live in Birmingham, AL.

My Dad is going to keep our 2 children for a 4 day weekend in mid June and we will take off for a trip somewhere for that weekend and celebrate our 7 year anniversary

Anyway, this is our first year of camping with our Airstream and I think I am realizing that RV'ing is very popular...stuff gets booked up quite early!

We will be camping at topsail hill for a week in mid may, so kinda wanna switch it up to something different for the 4 day weekend in June.

Perhaps in mountains in GA....I have never really been there at all but hear some great camping and nice weather perhaps for June (ie not so incredibly hot?).

We would enjoy a spot somewhere that has easy access to a nice lake to swim in and lounge....perhaps a bit of hiking and biking a bit (we have mountain bikes that we have not used essentially since our little'ins were born starting 3.5 years ago).

Just want some nice mountain scenery, water....would love to have a spot actually on a lake or a nice river for swimming for a romantic weekend...

We are pretty open to any ideas...prefer to keep the drive within 5 hours or less from home - 6 if it is VERY nice spot.

Yeah, that is broad...but hey, lets see what you all think
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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seems like at canopener I was told vogel state park was nice...im looking at that one now...
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:36 PM   #3
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PG- Nice that you two can get away for a nice weekend.

How about where the two spring Airstream rallies are- Lake Wateree SP and the Georgia Mountain Campground. Both are on a lake.

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:53 PM   #4
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You won't go wrong at Vogel. It is a beautiful setting and your legs will get quite the work out if you bike anywhere due to terrain. There is very little in the immediate vicinty except water, trees, and a road that all the motorcycle riders love to use on the weekend. Nearby, top of the mountain gap, you can hike along the Appalachian trail.

You might also want to consider visiting Elkmont Campground near Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Higher elevation so cooler temps in June, an easy interstate run of about 300 miles/5 hours from Birmingham, and has a nice river. It is the gateway to the Smokey Mountains.
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Another vote for Vogel. Also, Cloud land Canyon (no lake) is beautiful. The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds is a nice public park and is where Springstream is held. GMF is close to Brasstown Bald (GA's highest point), and Amicalola Falls (great hiking, maybe biking)
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Georgia mt fairgrounds or top of Georgia ASpark are both good spots. Must be WBCCI member at the top. Jim
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A couple of campgrounds we really like are Vogel State Park (a Georgia State Park) and Elkmont Campground (in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park). Sites at Elkmont on the river are the best and go quick - kind of like the Canopener sites. At Vogel, we like the campsites with a creek behind them for the white noise. Vogel has a nice lake too. Russ
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My wife and I live in Birmingham, AL.

My Dad is going to keep our 2 children for a 4 day weekend in mid June and we will take off for a trip somewhere for that weekend and celebrate our 7 year anniversary

Anyway, this is our first year of camping with our Airstream and I think I am realizing that RV'ing is very popular...stuff gets booked up quite early!

We will be camping at topsail hill for a week in mid may, so kinda wanna switch it up to something different for the 4 day weekend in June.

Perhaps in mountains in GA....I have never really been there at all but hear some great camping and nice weather perhaps for June (ie not so incredibly hot?).

We would enjoy a spot somewhere that has easy access to a nice lake to swim in and lounge....perhaps a bit of hiking and biking a bit (we have mountain bikes that we have not used essentially since our little'ins were born starting 3.5 years ago).

Just want some nice mountain scenery, water....would love to have a spot actually on a lake or a nice river for swimming for a romantic weekend...

We are pretty open to any ideas...prefer to keep the drive within 5 hours or less from home - 6 if it is VERY nice spot.

Yeah, that is broad...but hey, lets see what you all think
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton, Louisiana. 14 miles of hiking/biking trails. No lake, but there is canoeing/kayaking/swimming on the Bogue Chitto River, and the bottomland campsites are right along the riverbank. Just under 5 hours away by way of I-59 to Hattiesburg, MS, then US 98 to Tylertown, LA, then Louisiana 27 to the park. Bogue Chitto State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:24 AM   #9
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Great - I'm off to look at these and check for availability
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There is an all AS park just outside Helen that is convenient.

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Top of Georgia is the name of the park.

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It is not a bad park. There are alot of things to do up there. The AT runs right by there. I used to backpack and hike up there a lot. My folks use to have a place in Blairsville. Helen is not far if you like the touristy stuff. I can give you some info on places to hike if you decide to go there. Hiking up the AT to Blood mountain has some nice views. You can also hike up the Coosa Backcountry Trail from Vogel to the AT. It is not for the out of shape though.

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Vogel is a great State Park. Lots to do, however, it is a little tight on the road in the campground. One of my favs is Mocassin Creek State Park. This is a very small campground right on Lake Burton. Great hiking right across the road from this park.

I love Amicalola State Park, for hiking. I would not attempt to take my airstream up that climb. Too steep for me. We go to the mountains camping several weeks during the year and also live in Georgia.
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Our vote is on Fort Mountain in Chatsworth,GA! It has all the amenities you listed and more. It's easy to get to just off of I75 near Dalton. It's our favorite with or without kids.
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