Located in the southeastern part of the country with borders to Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Georgia is the 8th most populous state in America and the 24th biggest in terms of physical size. Named after King George II of Great Britain, Georgia was one of the first thirteen colonies founded by British settlers upon their arrival on American soil in the 18th century. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. RV Parks in Georgia
2.Coastal Georgia RV Resort
3.Rivers End Campground & RV Park
4.Stone Mountain Heights RV Park
3 Best RV Parks & Campgrounds in Georgia
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More Ideas in GA: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Located in Cobb County, Georgia between the towns of Marietta and Kennesaw, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park commemorates the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, a seminal 1864 battle of the American Civil War. Prior to the arrival of Europeans in North America, the Cobb County area was the traditional home of the Cherokee indigenous people, who occupied a wide area of territory in the Southeastern United States until their forced removal in the mid 19th century.
The area’s name is taken from the Cherokee word gah-nee-sah, which translates to “cemetery” or “burial ground,” as the Kennesaw Mountain area was traditionally used as a burial ground by mound builder indigenous peoples. Cobb County was established in December of 1832 and quickly became a diverse community of white merchants, farmers, and free and enslaved African-American populations.
On June 27, 1864, Kennesaw Mountain was the site of a major battle of the American Civil War. As part of the Atlanta Campaign, the battle was the largest frontal assault commanded by General William Tecumseh Sherman and the Union Army, fought against Confederate soldiers under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston. 100,000 soldiers armed with 254 cannons and 35,000 horses fought under Sherman’s command, armed against a Confederate force of 50,000 soldiers. Though the battle is named for Kennesaw Mountain, most of the fighting took place on the nearby Pigeon Hill spur of Little Kennesaw Mountain and the surrounding Cheatham Hill area. More than 5,350 soldiers were lost during the battle, which ended in an immediate victory for the Confederacy, although its outcome was of overall benefit to the Union, who continued to advance toward Atlanta under Sherman’s command.
In 1917, the battle site was established as a National Battlefield Site under the supervision of the United States War Department. Care of the battlefield site was transferred to the National Park Service in 1935, and in 1966, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Permanent Attractions and Exhibits
Today, the National Battlefield Park preserves 2,923 acres, focusing on three major battlefield areas near Kennesaw Mountain. A Visitor Center at the entrance to the park shows an 18-minute orientation film about the events of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and features a small museum with exhibits on the area’s cultural and military history, including preserved Civil War uniforms and weapons. A bookstore inside the Center sells books, gifts, and memorabilia related to Civil War topics. Brochures for self-guided tours are provided at the Center’s information desk, and a shuttle bus providing service to the top of Kennesaw Mountain embarks from the Center on weekends. Visitors may also hike to the top of the mountain’s 664-foot elevation from the Visitor Center along a 1.4-mile road.
The park is divided into three battlefield areas, located near the Visitor Center, off of Burnt Hickory Road, and at the Dead Angle area near Cheatham Hill. 17.3 miles of hiking trails are contained within the park, with displays commemorating cannon emplacements and other battle remnants. Three monuments throughout the park commemorate soldiers from Illinois, Georgia, and Texas who fought during the battle, and a farmhouse that once belonged to Peter Valentine Kolb, the site of a minor battle during the campaign, has been restored to its original Civil War appearance and may be explored.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Field trips of the National Battlefield Park are offered for elementary and secondary students and tailored to national curriculum standards. Self-guided tour opportunities are available throughout the week, with docent-led guided tours offered on Wednesdays through Fridays throughout the school year. Tour programs focus on battle events and cultural topics, including the impact of the Civil War on Georgia’s children. A traveling trunk program allows educators to bring historical materials related to the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain directly into the classroom, and a Junior Civil War Historian program offers young park visitors a chance to earn badges in exchange for completion of educational activities.
A number of public special events are held at the park throughout the year, including living history cannon firing and artillery demonstrations. Educational events are held as part of the Every Kid in a Park program, focusing on Civil-War-era culture and industry topics. Free Butterfly Walks are presented at the park by the Georgia Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, offering opportunities to see migrating giant swallowtail and monarch butterflies. Monthly volunteer park cleanup days are hosted by the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club Work Day, and rotating special exhibits are presented periodically at the Visitor Center’s museum.
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30188, Phone: 770-427-4686
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More Ideas in GA: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa covers over 500 acres of luxury accommodations, event space and indoor and outdoor activities perfect for family vacations, weddings, and special occasions. Northern Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains rise above the resort, offering both scenic views and miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. The Stables make Brasstown Valley Resort unique among the region’s hotels, with private lessons and guided rides available in the ring or on a riding trail. The Equani Spa offers massage, facial and body treatments drawing from the native Cherokee people, with a one-bedroom spa suite for the ultimate luxury and privacy. Guests can stay in one of eight private cottages set in the woods, or in The Lodge set next to the resort’s award-winning golf-course and various dining venues.
Rooms & Suites
The Lodge at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa includes 102 guest rooms for easy access to the resort’s restaurants, fitness center, and other amenities. Guests can choose two queen-sized beds or one kind-sized bed in standard or ADA-accessible rooms. Each guest room offers a flat-screen TV, in-room Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Many of the guest rooms at The Lodge also feature a fireplace and a balcony with mountain views. The Lodge also offers five suites each with a separate bedroom.
Families, wedding parties and business groups looking for additional space and privacy may prefer to stay in one of the resort’s eight cottages. Each log cabin-style cottage houses four bedrooms, a covered deck, and an optional parlor. Guests renting the parlor have access to a kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and gas grill, half bath, and living room with additional seating and a dining room table. The Cottages offer king- and queen-sized beds with standard and ADA-accessible configurations.
The resort also offers a private 825-square foot suite at The Equani Spa. The bedroom features a gas fireplace and flat screen TV and opens onto a private deck with a two-person Jacuzzi tub and multi-sensory “experience shower.” The suite also includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave and a parlor with a wet bar and room for in-suite massages.
The Dining Room serves dinner, lunch, and breakfast in an elegant wood and stone hall with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dinner on Friday nights includes a seafood buffet, and Sundays feature a buffet-style brunch. Diners can choose to sit indoors near the cozy fireplace or on the outdoor veranda.
Located below the lobby and just off the resort’s golf course, Brassies Grill is a casual spot for lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. The grill features a full bar, large flat screen TV, dart boards and pool tables, and hosts live music on Thursday evenings.
The Fireside Lounge in the lobby is another place to grab a drink, with fireside and veranda seating. Guests can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages from the resort’s room service menu.
The 7,500-square-foot lodge-style Equani Spa integrates the practices of the native Cherokee people in its massage, facial and body treatments. Spa visitors also have access to the steam rooms and hot tubs. Guests can order from the spa menu for a light snack, smoothie or cocktail in the indoor lounge area or outdoor veranda.
Weddings & Conferences
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers several venues for a memorable wedding in the mountains. Outdoor venues like the Waterfall Lawn, Sunset Terrace, and Sunset Pavilion add natural beauty to an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, while the indoor Grand Ballroom is perfect for more formal or seasonal events. The Stables Tackroom is a unique and rustic setting for a reception or rehearsal dinner. Resort staff can help with planning the big day, including selecting a catering menu. Couples can take advantage of discounted room rates for wedding guests and a complimentary wedding night stay for the newlyweds. The resort also offers optional pre- and post-wedding activities such as a bridal brunch and spa day, groom’s golf tournament and bridesmaids trail ride.
The Conference Center offers over 14,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 330 people for conferences, family reunions, fundraisers and more. Each meeting venue features high-speed Internet access, with audio-visual capabilities in the amphitheater. Resort staff can help coordinate group meals and activities such as horseback riding, golf tournaments and clinics, and team-building activities. Guests staying on site for events can take advantage of the privacy and flexibility of the resort’s eight secluded cottages with optional parlor room.
Both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America rank the Brasstown Valley Golf Course as one of the best courses in Georgia. The Scottish-style, 18-hole course covers wooded hills, ponds, and streams against a gorgeous mountain backdrop. The resort offers multiple golf packages, including unlimited weekday rounds and two-rounds per weekend night stays.
An on-site stable gives guests at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa an experience unlike any other Northern Georgia resort. Guests can explore five miles of mountain trails surrounding the resort on horseback with one- and two-hour trail rides, with varying difficulties to accommodate riders of all experience levels and ages. The Stables also offer private individual and group rides and lessons, with the option to add a picnic lunch.
Over 9 miles of hiking trails also cover the wilderness surrounding the resort, including the Miller Trek that leads into the Chattahoochee National Forest. The trails offer the best opportunity to see native plant and animal species, including deer, foxes, and black bears.
Guests can add fishing to their itinerary during their stay, with access to a nearby pond and stream and complimentary fishing equipment.
Hand-led rides around the ring at The Stables are the perfect introduction to riding for young children. The Emporium on the resort’s Club level offers several children’s activities, including arts and crafts, painting, and seasonal activities. The game room features a ping-pong table and video games.
The resort’s activities team can also help families plan their custom outdoor excursion, with something for children and adults of all ages. The observatory atop Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest mountain, offers 360-degree views overlooking four states. Nearby waterfalls and the Chattahoochee National Forest offer great wildlife spotting and sightseeing opportunities. Guests can enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Chatuge, located 2 miles from the resort. Whitewater rafting is also available within an hour’s drive of the resort.
6321 Highway 76, Young Harris, GA 30582, Phone: 800-201-3205
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More Ideas in GA: Surf Lagoon
Pooler, Georgia’s Surf Lagoon is a small 10-acre water park with a 1,000 person capacity offering family friendly recreation for the greater metro Savannah area from April through August each year.
The park includes the S.O.S. Surf on Slides ride, which offers four separate slides from the same four-story tall platform. Two enclosed slides and two open slides snake above and below each other into the pool below. The Layback Lagoon winds through the park, offering a lazy, gentle float on inner tubes. The Layback Lagoon spills into the Shorebreak Beach, which offers two zero-entry beach-like shallows on either side of a pier. Shortboarders is located inside the Lagoon and offers a kid’s play area for the park’s youngest visitors complete with a splash pad, playground and interactive water features.
Decking, lounge chairs and shade umbrellas surround each of the park’s attractions. Private cabanas may be rented for more shaded lounge space. Each cabana includes one small table, four chairs, and two lounge chairs. Cabana pricing is for a full day, and each are available to be reserved in person only on a first come, first served basis. Cabanas are located either near the Layback Lagoon and Surf on Slides ride, or closer to the Shorebreak Beach, restrooms and changing area.
Concessions at the park include the Gnarly Grill, which serves burgers, hot-dogs, fries, pizza and chicken sandwiches, as well as snacks, ice-cream and other refreshments. Surf Lagoon’s Surfer’s Swell Shop sells everything from sunscreen and swimsuits, to souvenirs, snacks and drinks. Various sized locker rentals are available for storage of personal belongings. Single and double inner tubes and lifejackets are provided upon entry free of charge, as available.
History: The newest water park in Georgia, Surf Lagoon opened in 2015 and was designed and built by EMC Engineering Services. The project is included in the portfolio of BPR Properties, a real estate investment firm based in Asheboro, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. A Phase 2 expansion of the park is included in their plans and, according to park maps, will create additional parking spaces and pools, however no start date for this expansion has yet been officially posted.
Pooler, Georgia is a small town with a population of just over 20,000 located within the metro Savannah area. Pooler has recently become one of Georgia’s fastest growing cities, thanks to a quickly growing commercial development sector, which has brought new retail and businesses to the area. In 2015 Pooler was named among Georgia’s safest cities, and with its close proximity to Savannah has become a popular Savannah suburb.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, although no group catering options are available at this time. Food and beverage discounts kick in for groups of 76 or more. Special promotions are available throughout the season and are generally posted on Surf Lagoon’s social media sites. Past promotional events have included a student-discount special for opening day, a food and drink special for closing day, pop-up poolside fitness classes and spring job fairs for the upcoming summer season.
What’s Nearby: Things to do in Pooler, Georgia include the Pooler Fun Zone, located directly across from the Surf Lagoon Water Park. The Fun Zone offers three outdoor go-kart tracks, a figure eight track, hi-bank track and kiddie track, along with a mini-golf course, indoor arcade and Kiddy Land, a children’s play area offering climbing, tunnels and more for the park’s youngest visitors.
The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum is Pooler’s most famous attraction. The extensive modern museum displays several World War II aircraft and educates the public on the history of the Eighth Air Force, who served in the European Theater of World War II. Pooler’s Tom Triplett Community Park preserves the location of several pre-Civil War structures, including Lock Number 3 on the Savannah River, the remains of a gatekeeper’s home, and over 140 Civil War tent mounds once in use by General Sherman’s army.
Savannah, Georgia is less than twenty minutes from Pooler. The coastal town has a population of approximately 150,000 and is known for its antebellum architecture, cobblestoned historic district and the landmark Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, a Gothic Revival style cathedral. Savannah’s famous Forsyth Park preserves over 30 acres of the city for recreational use.
130 Towne Center Drive Pooler, Georgia 31322, Phone: 912-988-1801
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