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There is plenty to do at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, located in southeast Georgia. It is perfect for families who rent an RV in Tattnall County and come to enjoy the picnic facilities and scenic surroundings. It is also popular for anglers, hikers, and nature lovers, especially thanks to the beaver dam observation deck.
The unusual name comes from the rare Gordonia tree and the nearby Altamaha River. The towns of Metter, Baxley, and Lyons are all nearby and are a good place to explore while camping at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park.
People come from all over the state and further afield to go RV camping at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park and have a game on the park's Brazell's Creek Golf Course. This challenging 18-hole course is wonderfully scenic, designed by Georgia's own Denis Griffith. The Par 71 layout plays to just under 7000 yards from the tips and boasts five sets of tees. The 15th hole is arguably the signature hole on the course, playing over sprawling wetlands to an island green. For those that are golf enthusiasts, this should definitely be on your must-play list when in the state.
The lake in the park is the perfect spot for both fishing and boating. During the summer months, those who are Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park camping are able to rent aqua cycles or fishing boats directly from the park, so you won't have to worry about bringing your own with you in your RV rental. There are docks available for anglers to try their luck with a line from the shore, rather than heading out on the water. Spending a day on a boat is a lovely, relaxing way to spend the day, giving you a unique opportunity to explore the shores of the lake and see the park from a different perspective. The lake is 12 acres in size and also welcomes private vessels, however only those with an electric motor are allowed.
The park is filled with a variety of nature, and there is no better way to see it than by taking the mile-long nature trail. Be sure to pack your hiking boots as this is a trail that shouldn’t be missed on any motorhome camping adventure. Once you've completed your hike, why not reward yourself with a tasty picnic at one of the many picnic areas? The picnic tables are conveniently located around playgrounds and along the shores of the lake.
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park features a great state park RV Campground that is ideal for those that want to be as close to the action as possible. There are 29 pet-friendly RV sites available, 11 of which are premium and come with electric, water, and sewer hook-ups, while the others are described as basic and don't have the additional sewer hook-ups. On-site you'll find a comfort station, picnic tables, a playground, fire grills, a dump station, and waterfront access, providing you with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The large trees located in the park mean the sites all offer plenty of shade.
If you don't want to camp on-site, then another campground that is very close is Ohoopee River Campground. All sites here are full-hook-up and pull-thru, with 30/50 amp service available. Of you prefer a more rustic camping experience in your rental RV, there are also a few primitive sites available that don't have any access to water, sewer, electricity, or a dump station.
There is so much to do in the local area for both children and adults alike. A great place to take the kids is the Fun Zone, full of things to entertain the whole family. Test your speed on the go-kart track, have a game in the arcade zone, or have a round of mini-golf, the choice is yours. There is also a Kiddy Land, providing endless fun for the little ones, with slides, fire poles, and tunnels to crawl through. With both indoor and outdoor attractions, this is a great place to visit, no matter the weather.
During the warmer months, a great way to spend the day is at the Splash in the Boro Waterpark! Again, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to enjoy, including a wave pool pavilion, the flow rider surfing simulator, mat racers, trio slides, leisure pool, and more. Why not make a whole day of it and make use of the Snack Shack and Tiki Hut while you are at the park?
Learn more about the area in which your motorhome camping by paying a visit to the Georgia Southern Museum. Inside, you'll find a number of collections and exhibits about the nature and cultural history of this part of the state. The changing gallery features rotating exhibits based on the work and research of Georgia Southern University. Another interesting museum in the area is the WW2 Flight Training Museum, which is on the National Museum of Historic Places. The instructor’s barracks have been converted into the museum about the men, training, and facilities that used to be here.