A hop, skip, and a jump west on the I-20 from Atlanta, you can discover the vibrant, little, unincorporated town of Lithia Springs, a quaint place to rent an RV. This community of roughly 15 thousand people dates back to the late 1800’s and was a known vacation destination for rich folks from Atlanta, as well as many notable people such as Mark Twain, the Vanderbilt family, as well as Presidents Taft, McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt. People were drawn from all over to experience the rare Lithia springs that the town was named for. These waters full of lithium carbonate were said to have restorative and curative effects on one’s health and became a popular drink between 1880 and 1920.
These days, the town is small and as charming as ever, holding many glimpses into the past with its antebellum architecture, much of which was destroyed by Union soldiers in the Civil War. After it was leveled to the ground by General Sherman and his troops, the town was rebuilt and later burnt to the ground again shortly before World War I. You can still find the occasional ruin or remnant from the past when visiting this city, and with a few short drives in your rental RV, you can visit and experience other memorable cities and towns in Georgia such as Athens, Macon, and Columbus over on the shared border with Alabama.
The Great Outdoors
Georgia is fully-stocked when it comes to natural beauty and you would be hard-pressed to find a better state to explore. Book an RV in Lithia Springs and head to the outskirts of the community where Sweetwater Creek State Park awaits you. The park, founded in 1972, features many outdoor activities, and even boasts its own museum complete with artifacts from local Native American tribes and Civil War-era items. You can enjoy hiking, canoeing, and fishing in this wonderful wildlife sanctuary.
If you venture further from Lithia Springs in your motorhome rental, you might find excitement in one of the many National Forests in the “Peach State” and beyond. Heading north a few hours, Chattahoochee National Forest, which contains over 2000 miles of rivers and streams, 450 miles of hiking trails, and stunning scenery, will entice you to stay. To the east on the other side of Atlanta, you can visit Oconee National Forest, and Lake Oconee, one of the nation’s greatest fishing destinations.
To the south, you can visit the beautiful Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, a 35,000-acre sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of countless trees and animals. If you are a bird enthusiast, you’ll want to know that Piedmont is one of the only places on earth where you can spot the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Don’t forget to jump over the state line after you rent a motorhome in Lithia Springs and head on over to Talladega to visit the Talladega National Forest, a 600 square mile wilderness on the southern slopes of the great Appalachian Mountain range. Once an over-logged wasteland, this thriving wilderness now hosts a diverse ecosystem in its newly reborn pine forest.
Lithia Springs is a prime motorhome rental city for a variety of reasons. It hovers on the edge of the Atlanta metro area, while providing an exciting jumping off point to explore the outdoors. It features its own Walmart Supercenter, which you may park at overnight, or use to stock up on supplies for your vacation.
In the immediate area, you can park your camper rental at Sweetwater Creek RV Reserve, a cozy little park featuring 48 sites, and a whole host of amenities to ensure you are comfortable while staying there. The Atlanta-Marietta RV Resort offers a more urban camping feeling and provides a nice place to stay for those that want to enjoy day trips to Atlanta. Nearby Little Tallapoosa Park offers wooded trails, lake access, and both tent and RV camping sites. A little farther west, have an enjoyable stay at John Tanner Park, yet another RV-friendly lakeside campground. This lovely little park has sandy beach campsites, a playground for the children, a mini-golf course, and many other activities to keep you happy.
Another reason Lithia Springs is a nice area to rent an RV… it is full of full-service RV mechanics and motorhome-friendly diesel stations, so you don't have to worry about breakdowns or running out of fuel!
Exploring the City
As far as city sightseeing goes, you won’t find a thriving metropolis in Lithia Springs, but with its close proximity to Atlanta, you have countless options. But this surely does not mean that the small town doesn’t have nice local attractions itself.
The aforementioned Sweetwater Creek State Park has a wide range of fun activities, and even features an old Civil War-era textile factory that was razed to the ground by troops from the north. These haunting ruins stand in stark contrast to the surrounding woods, serving as an ideal location for a photographer to take some great shots.
In town, you can visit the historic downtown Douglasville, the community that Lithia Springs now lies within. This pleasant little avenue has many fabulous dining and shopping choices and will leave you excited and charmed by the small town’s old-timey architecture.
If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline in your vacation, don’t forget to swing by Six Flags over Georgia, an incredible theme park filled with terrifying roller coasters for adventure junkies, as well as dining and souvenir shopping.
Lithia Springs is so close to everything you could possibly want or need, it’s a first-class RV rental city.