2017 Keystone Outback
2017 Keystone Outback
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The states of Alabama and Georgia are home to the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, an ideal motorhome camping destination. Covering over 11,000-acres, the refuge is spread over several counties in both states and is located on the Walter F George Lake, locally referred to as Lake Eufaula, that flows along the Chattahoochee River. The closest city to Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is Eufaula, located about 10 miles from the refuge. Renting an RV is a convenient way of getting around, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Barbour County. Other cities not too far away include Phenix City in Alabama and Columbus in Georgia.
Camping at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge opens up lots of fun, outdoor recreation for visitors. Known primarily for fishing, the refuge is a hotspot for anglers. Once inhabited by Muscogee Creek Indians, who would hunt and fish in the land occupied by the wildlife refuge, European settlers later occupied it. In 1964 the wildlife refuge came into being, primarily to provide a place for migratory waterfowl and other species of animals and birds. Today, visitors keen on nature and wildlife viewing can access the scenic surroundings too!
Camping with an RV is a great way to soak in the picturesque wildlife refuge. A delight for anglers, Lake Eufaula, is known as one of the finest largemouth bass fishing lakes in the country, often being referred to as the ‘Big bass capital.’ Open through the year for fishing; anglers can fish from the bank (only during the daytime) or a boat. Remember to carry a valid fishing license when fishing at Lake Eufaula.
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places in the state for wildlife viewing. There’s an eight-mile drive that goes through the refuge, and you can spot alligators, raptors, deer, fox, squirrels, and songbirds. There’s an observation tower that overlooks the Houston Bottoms area where you can spot waterfowl during winter months.
Hunting is another sought-after activity that visitors can look forward to during their RV rental vacation. The refuge allows hunting of doves, deer, waterfowl, squirrel, and rabbit. Refuge-specific regulations are in place and must be followed by visitors at all times, and necessary hunting permits must be procured ahead of time. The most popular hunting at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is archery hunting for white-tailed deer and waterfowl.
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge also doubles up as a fine outdoor location for wildlife photography, so bring your camera along with you.
Park your RV rental at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy easy access to the refuge’s recreational offerings. The White Oak Creek Park COE in Eufaula has 129 campsites that offer amenities like pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, dump station, and cell phone coverage. There are restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, and a designated pet area for your furry friends. Kids can enjoy running about in the playground. Explore the recreational trails or go fishing and boating.
When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, the Lake Eufaula Campground is a good bet. It has 100 campsites, and features here include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20 and 30 amp electric service, water, sewer, cable television, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, boat launch areas, and fish cleaning stations. There’s a swimming pool too for the kids to splash about in. This is a pet-friendly campground, so bring your four-legged friends along too.
Barbour County campers are amid gorgeous southern charm as they drive through the areas around Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. The city of Eufaula is located on the state line of Alabama and Georgia and is the largest city in the county. It has a couple of interesting things to check out while you’re in the area.
Lake Eufaula and the wildlife refuge are, of course, the biggest attractions, but in addition to these natural scenic attractions, there’s more! Fendall Hall is one of the city’s popular attractions; the Italianate-styled villa dates back to the mid-1800s, and you can enjoy a guided tour around the home and get to know about the families who lived here, along with lots of artwork and artifacts from around the region.
Click a picture with the ‘Tree that owns itself,’ a massive oak tree with an interesting local history attached to it. You’ll find it on the corner of Highland Avenue and Cotton Avenue.
Drive-in your Barbour County camper rental to Florence Marina State Park for a day out in the sun. Located on the northern shores of Eufaula Lake, the state park has several walking trails meandering through the park. It also has a deep-water marina for fishing.
About 22 miles on the outskirts of Eufaula is the stunning Providence Canyon, with soils of different colors, plenty of hiking trails along the edge of the canyon, and perfect astronomy viewing opportunities. Don’t forget your cameras for this one!
Dive into southern favorites like barbeque, pecan pie, banana pudding, biscuits and gravy, and fried green tomatoes, among lots of other southern specialties when you’re traveling through Eufaula. Restaurants, bars, pubs, local eateries, and fast food joints are available in plenty.
Don’t forget to stock up on supplies for the road, and fill up your rental RV at a gas station before you hit the highway to your next travel destination.