Named after the local couple Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Rivers who donated land in the early 1900s, Riverdale, Georgia is a suburb of the Atlanta metro area, a half hour’s drive away. Settled long before the Civil War came to Georgia, Riverdale started to grow when the train came to town in the late 19th century and brought with it fertilizer in exchange for cordwood, which the railroad needed, and the local farmers supplied.
Riverdale is located in Clayton County, the inspiration for Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War-based novel Gone with the Wind. Jonesboro, the county seat, brims with reminders of that era, and in real life sustained damages during the brutal Atlanta Campaign of 1864. Geographically, Clayton County is within Georgia’s hilly Piedmont region known for its rugged and rocky topography and near-constant presence of waterfalls, creating a dreamy backdrop as you embark on a scenic journey through northern Georgia. Make the most of the city’s location and book an RV in Riverdale to realize your Peach State travel dreams.
Into the Wetlands and Up the Bare Rocks
You don't have to venture far to get in touch with Clayton County's green side. The Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow is 15 minutes away by Riverdale camper rental and typifies Georgia’s rolling hills. The preserve welcomes locals and visitors alike into its almost 150 acres of mixed woodland (oak, hickory, and pine) made more relaxing by spring-fed ponds, wetlands, and a three-mile hiking trail. See how farm life was like in the late 19th century when you visit the barn within the preserve dating back to that period.
Though almost a fifth of Reynolds Nature Preserve’s size, the Newman Wetlands Center hosts a population of more than 130 species of birds. In the past, the land was used for timber harvest, cotton farming, and a Boy Scout camp. Today the half-mile Boardwalk Trail gets you closer to the wetland’s residents. Spy a heron stalking fish, or spot a muskrat swimming.
Half an hour away by Riverdale motorhome rental lies one of the Atlanta area's monadnocks, or bare rock outcrops, that rise abruptly from the surrounding landscape. Unlike Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain never saw large-scale quarrying and was therefore mostly left in its natural state. Launch a boat or wet a line on the surrounding park’s lake, hike the granite outcrop independently, or join one of the ranger-led tours to access the mountain's restricted zones where unique ecosystems thrive.
Where to Park Your RV
You may not have to leave town for the nearest RV campground if all you need is a place to stay for a night or two. The Walmart store parking lot in Riverdale should suffice for this duration as long as you're permitted to stay by the store manager. Otherwise, you'd have to cast your net far and wide for a place to park your RV rental from Riverdale, GA. Don’t worry, there are dozens of gas stations in town so you can go on your search with a full tank.
Outside of Riverdale, one of the nearest RV campgrounds is in McDonough, about 15 miles away. A few miles down the road lies a mobile home park accepting overnight campers. Look farther beyond, and other options come up. With a couple of exceptions, the campgrounds (including one for military families) you'll encounter offer full hookup sites, restrooms, and showers.
When in Clayton County, Go With The Wind
Find a safe parking space for your travel trailer rental in Riverdale and take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) commuter bus to get around Clayton County, and more important, for Gone with the Wind fans and history buffs, Jonesboro's historic district. Join a historic bus tour to cover more ground and learn more about the various locations and homes that were immortalized in the novel. Don’t miss the Road to Tara Museum to see Margaret Mitchell's china and reproductions of Scarlett O'Hara's famous dresses.
You don't have to imagine the novel’s setting when you get to the Stately Oaks Plantation. It’s a preserved 1839 Greek Revival antebellum home that represents the time period when "Tara," the heroine's family home, would have stood. Follow a costumed docent to see the interior, or listen to pre-recorded audio as you tour the inside of the home and the grounds.
Take your Riverdale RV trailer rental with you for a day trip to Atlanta and explore its wealth of cultural, historical, and artistic attractions. Sports fans will find plenty of options with the city's various sporting venues whether they are into basketball (State Farm Arena), baseball (SunTrust Park), or football (Mercedes-Benz Stadium). NASCAR fans might want to see some action at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Animal lovers of all ages shouldn't miss visiting the massive aquarium and zoo while art aficionados would want some time in front of exhibits hanging at the High Museum of Art. This being the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., a visit to Atlanta won't be complete without stepping inside the birth home of the iconic Civil Rights leader.
Surprisingly, you don’t have to leave town for culinary treats. Riverdale offers a wide range of menu options for the fancy eater whether they’re into Mexican, Italian, or Asian. Traditional American comfort foods and quick bites are well-represented. Seafood, BBQ, and vegetarian options are available if you know where to look. Grocery stores are also plentiful if you want to cook your own favorites.
Don't let your wanderlust disappear with the wind. Make your plans today and just go for it. Then search for the best RV rental in Riverdale and dare to go to places you thought existed only in legends.