After a grueling drive of 40 miles we pulled into the largest state park in the state of Georgia: F. D Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. We are camping novices in Georgia so every camping experience in this state is a bit of novelty for us. The camping fees are different, the rules are different, they don’t assign sites here — you drive around looking for post next to an empty site with the right color paint on it and that’s your site, the ‘deal’ with vehicle permits for your towed auto is different — I don’t know if Georgia is on my mind, but I’m getting a headache learning how to be a good camper here! (just kidding, it’s not that bad).
I will say that most of the campground roads are NOT made for 40’ coaches. And I’m really glad we unhooked the CR-V before coming into the campground because we would not have made a couple of the turns had we still been coupled. The directions from the registration office were very poor — even after telling the employee that we had never camped in a GA state park before. She could have told us that so-called “Area 5” was set up for rigs as long as ours but she couldn’t be bothered to do so — even though there was no waiting line behind me and it’s not like she was rushing to get me out the door.
There are a lot of miles (+20) of hiking trails. There’s a lake here. Don’t forget the “Little White House” if you’re visiting and want to see all the sights. You could easily tire yourself out here without even trying!
Callaway Gardens has made this a real destination with hotels and restaurants and other attractions. You can spend a lot of money per night at their hotels or not so much per night in the outlying area depending on your inclinations. Rates here at the state park are $30.00 with electric & water (no sewer connection but there is a dump on site). Rates at the Pine Mountain RV resort — the nearest private RV park — begin at $42.00 / night and go up from there depending on how much ‘posh’ you want.
The roads are reasonably well maintained but they are narrow and tight — bear that in mind if you’re coming in after dark. Well, that’s about it for Friday. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be here to chat again tomorrow.