High Falls State Park
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Introduction

The colony of Savannah, Georgia was established in the early 1700s by James Oglethorpe and 114 other colonists with their destination being a settlement near the Savannah River. Since then, Georgia has expanded and is now one of the best places to travel and do business in the south. High Falls State Park is located near the Towaliga River about an hour south of Atlanta, which is the capital of Georgia.

The Towaliga River is one of the top fishing spots in Georgia because it gives you a chance to catch the hybrid and white bass. It is also home to the largest waterfall in the state of Georgia and connects to High Falls Lake, which is over 600 acres wide. There are 107 sites for RV and tents and some sites even offer full hookups.

With such a great lake by the park, there are many activities that involve going into the water. The park offers fishing, birding ,and hiking year round. There are also seasonal activities such as the swimming, miniature golfing, and boating. Due to the historic nature of the park, there is also an old abandoned town that is a great place to explore with your family or by yourself while on a hike. There are signs available to help guide you as you walk around the old town. With so much to discover here at High Falls State Park, you’ll want to make your visit an overnight one by bringing your RV.

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Transportation in High Falls State Park

Driving

High Falls State Park is located in Jackson, Georgia about an hour from Atlanta and 30 minutes from Macon and surrounding cities. The park entrance is one mile from I-75 and easy to navigate to. In order to get to the park, you will have to turn onto Route 36 in Monroe county and there will be signs that help you to locate your turning points.

Georgia has moderate temperatures throughout the year, with heavy rainfall in the spring and summer. The fall and winter are mild compared to up north, but there are still chances of snow and black ice on the road. When entering the park, make sure to stop by the front office to check in. If you arrive at night, the front office may be closed, but a camp host will most likely show up to help you check in and find your site.

During the first half of the year, there may be areas of the park closed due to flooding, so make sure you call the park or visit their website to stay up to date on the latest developments. The sites are made of gravel, asphalt or dirt, and depending on the time of year, the dirt sites may not be the best option. If you want to change a site, talk with the park’s staff and they will do their best to help you.

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Campgrounds and parking in High Falls State Park

Campsites in High Falls State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Camping Area

There are 22 sites available in the Lakeside Campground and each of them comes with water and electric hookups. There is not a sewer hookups available but there is a dump station in the campground. Full hookups are at each host site with signs showing the difference between a normal site and a host site. The lots are very spacious and are referred to as the standard campsites. As suggested by the name, the campground is right next to Hill Falls Lake. Amenities include hot showers and restrooms nearby, and a picnic table and fire ring at each site. If you need firewood, you can pick it up at the entrance of the camp. You can stay up to 14 days and must make reservations at least 2 days ahead of time. Pets are welcome to stay with you during your time at the park. Reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance.

River Camping Area

The River Camping Area is along the Towaliga River and is referred to as the premium campground. There are 89 sites available and a few are marked as handicap accessible for those who need it. The lots are very spacious and more secluded than those in the Lakeside Camping Area. Most of the lots are gravel and provide water and electric hookups. A sewer hookup is not available but there is a dump station near the campground. Amenities included are hot showers, restrooms, a picnic table, and a fire ring. You can make reservations up to 13 months in advance, but each reservation can only be 14 days at a time. You must make a reservation at least 2 days before your visit. You're welcome to bring your pet with you during your stay.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in High Falls State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Towaliga River is one of the top fishing spots in Georgia. There are many areas to go fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and striped bass in the park. The river and the lake offer opportunities to all those who want to participate in this relaxing pastime. Georgia residents do not need a fishing license, but non-residents will need a valid Georgia fishing license. Be sure to stay up to date on the fishing requirements by visiting the parks website. If you brought a boat, you can take it out on the lake or the river as long as you follow the guidelines and be respectful of others enjoying their surroundings.

Miniature Golfing

There is a small miniature golf area available for a small fee near the Lakeside Camping area. You can bring your golf clubs and your favorite golf outfit and have a ball. Due to its location, you can also enjoy the beautiful view of High Falls Lake while you take your shot. If you want to find out the fee, just ask one of the staff members and they will let you know. Remember to follow all the rules while on the miniature golf course.

Swimming

When you are done playing in the park, you and your family can cool off at the swimming pool. It is located right next to the miniature golf course and the playground. Remember to bring sunscreen and a bathing suit in your camper. The lake is also very close to the swimming pool, so you might want to jump in if the swimming pool is full. Be sure to follow all safety regulations when going in and out of the water.

Off-Season

Birding

An estimated 425 species of birds call Georgia home. With such a wide variety you are sure to spot a few woodpeckers and cardinals on your visit. Remember to bring your binoculars with you as you walk around the park. There are sure to be a few Brown Thrashers, the state bird of Georgia. You can stop by the park’s store to find books on birds in the area or ask one of the camp hosts if they know of any good spots for bird watching.

Hiking

Nearly five miles of beautiful scenic trails are available for hiking. Your pets are also allowed on the hiking trail - just be sure to clean up after them to keep the trails looking beautiful. One of the trails leads to the waterfall that used to be the power source of the abandoned town. You can walk through the town on your hike and read up on some of the amazing history of the park. On your hike you may also come across a few forgotten buildings and a lovely distillery, if the owner is around, he has plenty of great stories that he can share with you about the history of the distillery.

Geocaching

High Falls State Park is one of the many Georgia State Parks & Historic Areas to discover hidden treasure by geocaching. All you need to play are hiking boots, a pen or pencil, a device that has GPS, and a water bottle just in case you get thirsty. You can join the GeoTour that 44 parks within the US participate in, and there are 11 hidden treasures in Georgia alone. Remember to write your name in the log book and leave a location as undisturbed as you found it to keep the adventure going. This is a fun, interactive activity the whole family can enjoy during your RV road trip to Georgia.

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