Nestled on the shores of Lake Seminole, Seminole State Park has everything you’re looking for in your next RV adventure. With sandy beaches perfect for swimming, a protective cove ideal for kayaking and waterskiing, and many campsites and cottages near the lake’s edge, it will soon become a favorite camping destination.
Located in southwest Georgia and bordering Florida, Seminole State Park hosts Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir. The Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers join in Lake Seminole before heading through the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, creating perfect conditions for boating and fishing. Anglers will enjoy the abundant variety of fish, including crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, and of course, catfish.
Named after the Seminole people native to the area, Seminole State Park offers an abundance of activities for the whole family, including miniature golf, hiking, swimming, paddling, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, and geocaching. Take a walk on the wild side on one of the beautiful nature trails in Seminole State Park. A wide variety of wildlife frequents the area because of the park’s location on the migratory path, the huge longleaf pine forest, and its abundance of water. Bring your camera because you just may see osprey, wood storks, great egrets, bald eagles, raccoon, salamander, and even alligators. With 604 acres of land, more than 50 campsites, and 14 cottages, Seminole State Park is truly a nature lover’s dream and the perfect spot for your next RV vacation.
Seminole State Park is 16 miles south of Donalsonville, GA, using US 39 or 23 miles west of Bainbridge, using US 253. Coming from the south, it's a little over an hour north of Tallahassee, Florida, via US 27 and 253.
Guests will find abundant parking available at Seminole State Park. In addition to the campground, you can park at the sandy beach area, the boat launch, and the dock. There is parking at the Gopher Tortoise Trail Head, the miniature golf site, and near the picnic area as well.
If you want to camp close to the water, this is the portion of the campground for you. With 15 motorhome campsites right near the shore and nine more just a few steps further, all with electric hookups, you'll be within steps of the fun at all times. Most of these sites are pull-through, accommodating 40-foot trailers, but there are a few 50-foot and a couple of 30-foot sites as well. There are two sites with full hookup amenities in this area, but you'll want to reserve these as they will go quickly. The campground has a comfort station with flushing toilets and showers, a laundry room, and a dump station onsite for campground guests, and many of these facilities are close to the campsites.
Just a short distance from the shore, 20 more RV campsites are available, all with electric hookups. These are 30 and 40-foot pull-through sites. Only one of these sites has the capacity for water; however, water facilities, restrooms, and showers are close by. This loop is located just below the lakeside camping area, but the outer edge of the loop also runs along the shore. Several of these accommodate those needing accessible sites. All campers are close to the campground dump station, so you won't have to go far to empty your tanks.
For those wanting a more secluded location to park the 5th wheel, the inner loop section of the campground offers six RV sites, each complete with electric hookups. One 30-foot and two 40-foot pull-through sites are available in this area, as well as one 30-foot and two 40-foot back-in spots. There are no water hookups here, but these spaces are very close to facilities like water, restrooms, showers, a laundry room, and a dump station.
For those looking for a group site for a large event, there is one primitive Pioneer Campsite site available for your use. This site is tent-only and holds up to 35 people. There are three other primitive sites nearby, off-site: Cummings Landing spots, which hold up to 40 people in tent-only sites.
Fourteen two-bedroom cottages are available for those wanting full-amenities during their visit. These lovely cottages sleep eight and are located between the shore of Lake Seminole and the Gopher Tortoise Nature Trail. Be sure to make your reservation early because these will go quickly during the peak season.
Anglers will enjoy the abundance and variety of fish in Lake Seminole. The area is famous for its delicious catfish, but also popular for catching are the largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, and chain pickerel. Because the area is fed from two different rivers before being dammed, the lake is known for large and healthy wild fish. Fish from one of three docks or launch your fishing boat and find that perfect spot. After a relaxing day fishing in the warm Georgia sun, take your catch back to the convenience of your Airstream to cook your catch up for the family.
Because Lake Seminole is nestled in a cove inside Seminole State Park, the calm waters are protected from large waves, creating the perfect conditions for canoeing, kayaking, and waterskiing. Five boat ramps make launching your skiff convenient, but if you don't have your own, kayak, canoe, and paddleboat rentals are available in the park. To make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, be sure to bring your personal flotation devices with you while you are on the water.
The warm sandy beaches of Lake Seminole offer up a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon. Relax in the sun after taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of Lake Seminole's protected cove. Cool off in the lake after a day hike or just take a barefoot walk along the edge of the pristine shore while the sun dips down on the horizon. This sandy shore is a lake beach the whole family will enjoy.
Relatively flat, Seminole State Park's Gopher Tortoise Nature Trail offers a pleasant way to see the abundant wildlife in the area, especially in the fall. On the 2.2-mile trail, hikers are likely to spot white-tail deer, ducks, geese, foxes, raccoons, rabbits, and of course, gopher tortoises. The gopher tortoise is considered an important species because it burrows into the ground and provides shelter for over 360 other species. Salamanders and even alligators have been spotted on occasion. That's a lot of wildlife, and you don't even need to break a sweat to see them.
Geocaching, growing in popularity in national parks and state parks across the country, is a treasure hunt-type game where outdoor adventurers can go to a park geocaching website and download coordinates to hunt for items buried at the park. Pack your map, your compass or smartphone, and a small tool for digging. You won't have to dig deep because geocachers won't want to disturb the natural environment too much. Make sure to replace whatever you find with a trinket of your own for the next seeker on the path. Sign the logbook and share your experiences online.
People usually think of spring when they think about birdwatching, but not if you are visiting southwest Georgia and you happen to be lucky enough to find yourself on the southern migratory path of some of America's most interesting birds. Bald eagles, golden eagles, geese, turkey, osprey, wood storks, and great egrets will all be traveling south through this area, just in time for your late fall camping adventure. Pack up the RV, including your best telephoto lens, and head to Seminole National Park.