2016 Midwest Weekender "Onyx"
2016 Midwest Weekender "Onyx"
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Norcross is a relatively large city in the northern metropolitan Atlanta area. Only a 25-minute drive away from the heart of Atlanta, Norcross is the perfect place if you want to explore Georgia’s capital and the surrounding area. When Norcross was first founded in the 1800s, it was considered a resort town as Atlanta natives would often come up to enjoy Norcross’s higher elevation and slightly cooler temperatures. Today, although well-developed, Norcross’s downtown area retains its 19th-century charm. With a wide variety of unique shops and world-class restaurants nestled amidst numerous green spaces and parks, Norcross is alluring for those with families as well as single professionals. Offering small-town charm a hop away from the big city, your next adventure awaits when you book an RV in Gwinnett County.
Stone Mountain is a Georgia icon and less than a 30-minute drive outside of Norcross in Stone Mountain. This huge quartz monadnock stands 825 feet above the area. The front of the rock depicts of a carving of Confederate figures Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis, and on certain special occasions, visitors can appreciate laser shows displayed on the rock face. Every day, guests to Stone Mountain Park can either hike to the top of the mountain or take the summit sky ride for quicker access. There’s also a scenic railroad, an adventure course, golf course, a petting zoo, a museum, restaurants, and more. Rent a motorhome in Norcross and you can camp at one of the many full and partial hook-up sites at Stone Mountain’s campground.
If you’re up for some hiking in the heart of Atlanta, take a short drive down to the East Palisades Trail. Once in the parking area, you’ll completely forget that you are in the middle of one of the largest cities in the southeast. Surrounded by dense forests and the gently flowing Chattahoochee River, it’s no wonder why Atlanta has been called “the city in the woods”. At the trailhead, veer left to reach the gravel bar, which offers amazing views of the river and a perfect place to catch a sunset and dip your feet. Stay to the right to continue hiking alongside the river and out to the Diving Rock, a 30-foot rock from which visitors can plunge into the waters below. For shorter and more direct access to the Diving Rock, park and hike down to the beach, and swim across the river.
If you’re booking an RV rental in Norcross and children are in tow, you might want to check out Best Friend Park. The park boasts 43 acres and includes a gym, indoor badminton courts, and a playground. Guests can also enjoy seasonal outdoor pools, a tennis center with 17 courts, a picnic pavilion, baseball fields, outdoor basketball courts, and paved walking trails. Plus, with such a great name, who could refuse?
When you book a motorhome rental in Norcross, there are several nearby RV parks to choose from. One choice is Twin Lakes RV Park in Cumming. The park rests on 50 acres and features two fully stocked fishing lakes. Most sites are full hook-up; lakefront lots don’t have sewer hook-ups, but an on-site dump station is available. Feel free to bring your pets because they are welcomed at Twin Lakes RV Park. Though there is not an on-site laundry facility, there is one, as well as a grocery store, less than a mile away.
Another option within the Norcross city limits is Jones RV Park. The RV park has several sites to accommodate long-term and short-term campers. Amenities include a bathhouse, propane sales, and an on-site laundry facility. Each campsite features full hookups with 20-30-50 amp electrical service.
Visiting Norcross with the entire family? Then the nearby amusement park might be worth a visit. The park features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, batting cages, a water play area, and an arcade. Guests can also enjoy a ride on the high-octane go-karts or seasonal bumper boats. If you need to refuel, grab a pizza or a burger at the cafe. The restaurant also serves healthier fares such as veggie burgers and salads.
When you rent an RV in Norcross, you’ll be less than a 30-minute drive outside of Georgia’s capital. Atlanta offers residents and visitors numerous museums, a vibrant theater scene, and an excess of fine dining choices. If you’re into the art scene, Midtown is known as “Heart of the Arts”, and music junkies might be interested in touring the infamous “East Atlanta” which is so readily mentioned in several hip-hop songs. And as if that weren’t enough, Atlanta is dubbed “The Hollywood of the South” and the birthplace of favorite movies and TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Black Panther, and Ant-Man. Interested in checking out where some of these films were shot? Then consider a movie tour.
When you book a motorhome rental in Norcross, Georgia, you can also check out the Southeastern Railway Museum. A short drive away in Duluth, the museum features several exhibits including locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and random train-related odds and ends. Learn about the technological, cultural, and historical importance of transportation in the southeast at Southeastern Railway Museum.