Oakwood, Georgia was founded around 1873, originally providing a railroad stop for wood-burning locomotives traveling between Atlanta and Charlotte. Just a few minutes away from the county seat of Gainesville, and next to popular Lake Lanier, Oakwood is an ideal place to rent an RV. Aside from spending time at the lake's recreational areas, there are plenty of nearby state and national parks where you can enjoy the very best of the great outdoors in your Oakwood motorhome rental.
When you book an RV in Oakwood, you're just a short drive from most of northeastern Georgia's finest attractions. The town is situated south of the famous Chattahoochee National Forest and is just off I-985 for a rapid 48-mile trip to state capital Atlanta. From historic battlefields to museums and historically important towns, there's a huge variety of sites to visit. With the freedom of an Oakwood camper rental, you can really make the most of your trip to this beautiful area and stay over in various state park campgrounds.
Oakwood is home to a rich scholarly heritage and drew students from across the region to its Oakwood Academy back in the 20th century. Today, Oakwood is home to Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia. Although it is classed as part of the Gainesville Metropolitan Area, Oakwood has still retained its small-town friendliness and feel. There are numerous city events organized throughout the year, and it's a great place for families. After checking out downtown and visiting the city's parks, be sure to stop at Lake Lanier before heading off to explore in your Oakwood luxury RV rental.
The Great Outdoors
Don Carter State Park is located just a 30-minute drive away in your Oakwood camper rental in neighboring Gainesville. The park extends over more than 1,300 acres and includes the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, supplied by the Chattahoochee River that flows from the North Georgia Mountains. The lake's wide sandy beach is a great place for swimming, and there is also an on-site bathhouse. Seasonal rentals of aqua-cycles, kayaks, and paddle boards are available. The park is also a popular fishing destination and boasts a fish cleaning station and boat ramps. Apart from spending time in and around the water, you could also check out the park's 12 miles of hiking trails, go biking, or try out the outdoor fitness equipment. The park also has some RV campsites available, be sure to check out availability if you think you'd like to stop overnight.
Under an hour's drive in your Oakwood RV rental brings you to Tallulah Gorge State Park. The park covers over 2,700 acres, including a 63-acre lake. Cross the suspension bridge to view the spectacular Tallulah River Gorge that almost measures 1,000 feet in depth, complete with its five waterfalls. Several rim hiking trails also provide fantastic viewpoints, or you could obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor. There is also a paved path accessible to strollers and wheelchairs that was previously a disused rail bed. With around 20 miles of hiking trails waiting to be discovered in the park, there's plenty to explore. If you enjoy mountain biking, you could try the park's challenging 10-mile biking trail. Visit the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center to learn about the area's Victorian resort town history or stop to watch the short film following climbers and kayaks in the gorges. Enjoy swimming, fishing, or just taking in the magnificent views of the canyon.
One of Georgia's oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel State Park, is under a 90-minute drive away in your Oakville motorhome rental. In the midst of the Chattahoochee National Forest, it's a great destination to get away from it all. The park is a popular place to go swimming, fishing, and boating on its 22-acre lake complete with a sandy beach. Surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, the park is located at 2,500 feet above sea level. There are around 17 miles of hiking trails including the challenging Coosa Backcountry Trail. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the park's facilities during the Great Depression, and there is an on-site seasonal museum dedicated to their achievements as well as a general store and a children's playground.
At just under two hours' drive away, Fort Mountain State Park is well worth a visit. With its 60 miles of recreational trails, it's a great place to reconnect with nature and is located near to the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Home to some of Georgia's most scenic trails, points of interest include a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and a mysterious 855-foot long wall that is thought to have been built by early Indians as either a fortification or for ceremonial purposes. The park extends over 3,700 acres and has a 17-acre lake where you can cool off at the beach or rent a boat in summer. Swimming, boating, and fishing are all popular activities along with hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
There are plenty more fantastic parks and sites well worth a visit in your Oakwood RV rental, so book your trip today and start planning where to go.
There's a good selection of RV parks in the area if you decide to park your Oakwood RV rental locally. If you'd like to park just a short distance away, you could try out River Forks Park Campground, just a short drive away. The campground is situated on the shores of Lake Lanier and features a 40,000 square foot beach for relaxing. There are also hiking and biking trails, as well as picnic areas nearby. The park's RV sites provide partial hookups, and there are restrooms, showers, and a pump-out station on-site. There is a grocery store situated less than two miles away and a chain retail store around five miles away.
You could also consider stopping in your Oakwood camper rental at Twin Lakes RV Park, situated less than 20 miles away near Cumming. The campground has two fully-stocked lakes for catch-and-release fishing. Most of the campground RV sites have full hookups apart from lakeside lots which offer partial hookups only. There is an on-site dump station for use by guests or non-guests for a fee. The campground also sells propane. Any other extras you need to purchase can be bought in the local shopping center situated less than two miles away, complete with restaurants and a movie theater. A laundromat and grocery store are also available nearby.
There are plenty of other options both nearby and farther from the town, so check out what's on offer and also remember to have a look at any RV camping options offered by any state or national parks and monuments that you're thinking of visiting with your Oakwood RV rental by owner.
Exploring the City
When you pick up or drop off your Oakwood motorhome rental, take a few hours out to visit the city. If you're visiting in the summer, the community pool is a popular place to cool off. There are a variety of classes organized as well as family fun nights offering swimming followed by a movie screening. The city boasts a small-town feel, and there are numerous events organized throughout the year, so check out what's coming up on the schedule when you're visiting.
If you enjoy picking up a bargain or need to do some last minute shopping, check out the busy retail area along Mundy Mill Road. You'll find a mixture of local stores and big brands, providing a large selection of products with a shopping center at the western end. If you're looking to grab a bite to eat before heading off in your Oakwood camper rental, then you'll have plenty of places to choose from, offering a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Chinese and traditional American.
Don't drive off without paying a visit to Lake Lanier, bordered by the city. You can enjoy an afternoon lakeside stroll taking in the views. There are also several recreation areas a little farther away that you could also visit. If you have more time, visit the Lake Lanier Islands for a fun-filled day out at the waterpark. Relax in the sun, or try out the zip line. There are restaurants near the beach and great views out across one of Georgia's largest lakes; it's a great way to start out or to finish up your Oakwood RV rental vacation.