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In the heart of slash pine country, Baxley is a small town within two hours' drive of Savannah where the pace of life follows the slow-moving waters of the great Altamaha River. Flowing north of town, the river offers locals and visitors alike a wonderful escape along its unimpeded 140-mile course to the Atlantic Ocean. Search for an RV in Baxley and follow where the river leads you, or look in other directions to discover the natural wonders that middle Georgia has to offer.
Baxley was settled in the late 19th century as a depot of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. Originally the railway’s modest Station No. 7, the town was eventually renamed after one of its early settlers, Wilson Baxley. Today it is home to the Edwin Hatch Nuclear Power Plant located north of town along the banks of the Altamaha River.
One of the largest rivers in Georgia, Altamaha River beckons water-bound adventurers to its winding course, huge sandbars, and oak-covered banks for a paddling adventure worthy of a day trip. One of the most popular runs is the 12-mile canoe trail that starts from Carters Bight Landing half an hour's drive by campervan rental in Baxley to Upper Wayne Landing in Jesup. Mallard ducks, blue herons, and bald eagles make the journey more entertaining.
At the 1,725-acre Fort McAllister State Park, learn more about the Confederate side of the Civil War and see the Confederacy's well-preserved earthwork fortifications that kept Union attacks at bay until 1864. Step inside the museum for a look at the artifacts, or relive history under the shade of towering live oaks and Spanish moss. For some outdoor fun, follow a naturalist ranger guide for a walk on the Magnolia Trail to take in views of salt marshes and maritime forests, or explore on your own and cast a line out for bass and trout.
A watery Eden awaits at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge about a 90-minute drive by motorhome rental in Baxley. Occupying a vast area close to the Georgia-Florida border, the 402,000-acre refuge offers a variety of habitats ranging from open prairies to forest cypress swamps. When you come visit, you’ll get to encounter some of the area's iconic residents like the red-cockaded woodpecker on a hike along the Upland Discovery Trail. Perhaps you want to experience wilderness at its most raw form following a canoe trail, in a way few people do even in protected habitats. Or you can opt to stay dry and take your travel trailer rental from Baxley for a spin on the 7.5-mile Swamp Island Drive.
A few campgrounds exist in Baxley, with several RV camping options in the nearby towns of Hazlehurst and Jesup within a 20 to 30-mile radius. The ones located in town are Falling Rocks Campground and JB's RV Park.
The Appling County-owned Falling Rocks Campground is located near the Altamaha River and offers electric hookups and water connection to the local water supply. Here campers can access dumpsites, restrooms, and a convenience store on-site. Just a few miles from the town center but still quiet and secluded, JB's RV Park offers full hookups, access to laundry facilities, and proximity to stores and restaurants.
There's also a Walmart Center in town along Parker Street. If you need a no-fuss parking space for your RV rental in Baxley for a night or two, consider checking with the local store management to see if they allow overnight camping.
The Appling County Heritage Center makes a fitting introduction for first-time visitors to Baxley, the county seat. Inside the building, you'll find an assortment of items, records, and artifacts documenting the history of the county. View the agricultural implements used back in the day, step inside a war room, and browse the museum's collection of 19th and 20th-century memorabilia.
Around town, there are about a dozen gas stations, more than a dozen grocery and convenience stores, and plenty of restaurants and eateries with a nice range of culinary offerings. You'll easily find classic American quick bites and comfort food, Mexican favorites, and Italian dishes. Chinese and Japanese fare can also be found in a few places. If you crave seafood and BBQ, you won't be disappointed. Fast food options are also abundant. When visiting from May to November, remember to drop by at the farmers' market, which opens Saturday mornings.
Rent a motorhome in Baxley in mid-March, and join in the annual tradition along Highway 341 that is Georgia’s "Peaches to the Beaches" yard sale. The event links the peach-growing counties in middle Georgia and the beaches of the Golden Isles, a distance of more than 220 miles. Antiques and locally crafted items are the typical yard sale fare during the event. The participating towns are numerous, including the neighboring towns of Lumber City, Hazlehurst, and Odum.
The latter is a quaint town famous for its agritourism. Georgia may be The Peach State, but here in Odum, pumpkin takes the spotlight in the fall. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pet farm animals, and get lost in the maze. Take a walk back in time around town with a visit to the Georgian-style Ritch-Carter-Martin House, and the restored century-old Train Depot that once serviced passengers of the Old Southern Railway.
Let Baxley be the start of your journey into the heart of The Peach State. Book an RV rental in Appling County today and embark on adventures that will keep Georgia on your mind for a long time.