After the southern part of the Gwinnett County, Georgia was settled during the land lottery of 1820, it would take two enterprising London lads, Thomas Snell and James Sawyer, to establish in the late 1870s the first grocery and supply store in what would eventually be known as Snellville. From this humble beginning, Snellville, GA, has grown into a developed suburb of Atlanta and is about a 30-minute drive from the local popular hiking spot of Stone Mountain.
Snellville stands at an elevation of more than 1,000 feet and lies in the fringes of the Blue Ridge foothills. Book an RV in Snellville, and you'll only be a 90-minute drive away from the Chattahoochee National Forest and North Georgia's wine country. With the city's strong commuter link to downtown Atlanta, from Snellville, you can take the Xpress Bus service to the state capital and explore its cosmopolitan offerings.
A Hike Up the Mountain, A Walk Back in Time
An imposing monolith rises above lush vegetation in the Stone Mountain Park. You can view the scenery below and admire Atlanta's skyline by following a walking path up to the summit or take the cable car going to the peak. The mountain is surrounded by 3,200 acres of natural beauty where hiking, biking, and kayaking are popular activities. To enjoy views surrounding the mountain with the barest amount of efforts, hop onboard the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad that takes you on a loop around the monolith.
Less than an hour's drive with the motorhome rental from Snellville lies the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs. The Chattahoochee is an ancient river, and it's a fitting place to escape to a much simpler time. Follow its banks and see flowers in bloom whatever the season, including redbuds in early spring, goldenrod in late summer, and ironwood's deep purple in fall. Anglers come here for the trout, bass, and catfish while birders often spot northern cardinals, red-bellied woodpeckers, and blue jays.
Combine your love for the outdoors and your fascination with history at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park about an hour's drive from Snellville. This 2,900+ acre site preserves a Civil War battleground where Union and Confederate troops fought a series of battles in the summer of 1864. After looking around at the historical monuments, give yourself a good workout and follow the mountain trails to the top for a commanding view of the area from a scenic overlook.
Where to Park Your RV
The closest RV campgrounds you can find for the Snellville RV rental are within 10 miles outside of town. These campgrounds have full hook-up sites, including the hundreds of spaces that will greet you at Stone Mountain Park where you'll also be welcomed with showers, restrooms, and a swimming pool.
Farther from town and the closer to Atlanta you get, the more options you'll find, with mostly water/electricity sites offered. Most are designed as overnight stops for RV campers on their way in or out of Atlanta.
In a pinch, try your luck finding a spot at a Walmart parking lot. In Snellville, you have three to choose from. Get the store manager's approval for overnight parking, and you may not have to drive out of town after all.
Must-See Atlanta: From Snellville Days to MLK’s
Rent a motorhome in Snellville and get a feel of the city’s “everybody is proud to be somebody" atmosphere during the Snellville Days Arts and Crafts Festival in May. Watch a pig-racing contest or trained wolves put on a show. Have your kid's face painted, pick up a souvenir, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and good food during this two-day event.
Italian, Chinese, and Japanese staples can be found on Snellville’s culinary menu. There is also standard American fare and occasionally, a seafood-centric eatery here and there. Otherwise, wait every Friday for the food truck to arrive and help yourself to a wider range of familiar comfort food. Or whip up your own favorites from ingredients bought from dozens of grocery stores and retail chains scattered throughout the city.
With downtown Atlanta a short ride away, there's no reason not to leave your camper rental in Snellville somewhere safe and get on the Xpress Bus for a look at the city's highly visited spots. Animal-loving kids shouldn't miss Georgia's public aquarium, home to several thousand species, most notably the seals, dolphins, and sea otters. Or if the children love to visit with furry friends, bring them to Zoo Atlanta for a closer look at adorable giant pandas, orange-haired orangutan, and sleepy sloths.
You can't go to Atlanta and not pay homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. The life of the revered Civil Rights leader is commemorated in a series of buildings that make up the MLK Jr. National Historical Park. Take the Atlanta Streetcar for a direct connection to the park grounds. Here, you can visit the house where Dr. King was born, see the church where he gave powerful sermons, and walk in his footsteps by following the Civil Rights Walk of Fame.
Surrounded by plenty of fascinating places and historical sites, Snellville makes it easy for anyone who comes to the Atlanta area to explore the city’s best spots, and if you’re patient, its hidden gems. But don’t stop here. Search for an RV rental in Snellville, GA, and venture beyond the well-traveled paths. After all, traveling in a motorhome is all about the journey.