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The Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia are home to some of the most breathtaking views in Habersham County. And in those mountains, located just two hours west of Greenville, an hour and a half north of Athens, and tucked inside the Chattahoochee National Forest is the small woodland town of Clarkesville, where you’ll find Moccasin Creek State Park.
Moccasin Creek State Park is surrounded on three sides by Lake Burton. This lake was built in 1913 and was one of the country’s first man-made lakes dammed for power. The Tallulah River was blocked, which created a 2,700-acre body of water that now supplies power to the nearby towns and endless fun for park visitors and water enthusiasts.
Though the park is only 32 acres, the activities are tons of fun. Take your boat out on the lake, canoe up the river, or hike the wooded trails. Visitors camping at Moccasin Creek State Park are perfectly placed to enjoy a bit of relaxation. Rent an RV in Habersham County and get your trip started.
If you fancy a bit of time out on the water, Moccasin Creek State Park welcomes motorboaters, canoers, and kayakers. Canoe up Moccasin Creek or kayak across Lake Burton. Get your exercise out on the water and soak in the natural wonder of it all. If you have a jet ski or motorboat, you're also welcome to cruise up and down the lake. Be mindful of aquatic wildlife and other lake-goers while boating so everyone can enjoy the water.
Anglers have unofficially named Georgia as one of the best spots in the country for fishing. Lake Burton is no exception. This lake is packed full of largemouth bass, trout, and spotted bass. The stream fishing is limited to folks over 65 and children under 12. If you left your pole in the RV rental or simply didn’t bring one, Moccasin Creek State Park has a tackle loaner program where you can borrow all the equipment you’ll need.
Moccasin Creek State Park campers are also lucky enough to participate in geocaching. This interactive treasure hunt uses your phone’s GPS as a treasure map which allows you to navigate the park in real time in search of hidden prizes. Once you’ve found one in the knot of a tree or behind a boulder, you can check with a park ranger about replacing it with a new prize for the next geocacher to discover.
More than 50 RV spots are available at Moccasin Creek. Due to the park’s nearly flat landscape, sites can accommodate rental RVs up to 50 feet long. All RV sites have water and 30-amp electrical hookups. There are no sewer hookups, but the park does provide pull-through sites.
Moccasin Creek State Park campers can access standard amenities, such as a fish cleaning station, dump station, public restrooms, hot showers, and a boat launch. There's a pavilion available for guests who want to have a get-together or a birthday party. Kids can enjoy the playground, and if they get too dirty, there are public laundry facilities available for use. The park has Wi-Fi so you can stay connected to friends and family or catch up on your favorite TV shows. Most major cell phone carriers also have service in the park.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun just outside of the park, head to into Clarkesville. Here, you'll find an adventure company that offers exhilarating activities like ATV tours, ziplining, boating, and so much more. If you've had all the outdoor adventures you can take, venture into downtown Clarkesville for a dose of that world-famous Southern hospitality. Here, you'll find plenty of shopping and dining opportunities as well as the city's visitors' center in the Mauldin House. Learn more about the history of Clarkesville, take a walk through the gardens, or simply do a little front-porch sittin'.
For some strange family fun, head to Tiger, GA and visit Goats on the Roof. This family fun country destination has a cafe, boiled peanuts, homemade fudge, homemade ice cream, zany t-shirts, and, oh yeah… goats on the roof. Pet the goats, feed the goats, learn all about the legend of the goats, and make some lifelong memories!
Another spot not too far from Moccasin Creek State Park is one of Georgia’s most magical waterfalls, Minnehaha Falls. The 60-foot falls cascade down natural plateaus like steps down the path. This lovely landscape is just 30 minutes south of the park and is a small hike down the Minnehaha Falls Trail.
Within half an hour, you'll find plenty of gas stations, mostly to the south of the park. Once your tank is full and you're ready to hit the road, feel free to head north to the Nantahala National Forest.