After leaving Towns Bluff and before my bike accident, we headed up to another campground we'd enjoyed last year, Petersburg, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers (COE). Although we prefer not to make reservations, this campground takes them on most sites, so in order to get our preferred site for three nights over a weekend, we had made online reservations in advance this time.
Petersburg Campground is right on the southern shores of Lake Strom Thurmond, in Georgia near the South Carolina border. The setting is heavily wooded, hilly, and serene, making it a great place to get away from it all. All campground roads are paved, though sites are gravel. RV sites have water and electric hookups and most have nice separation from your neighbors. There are a small number of primitive sites for tenters as well. There is a dump station in the park, along with several bath houses, one with laundry facilities. RV sites run $26/night, so we paid just $13 with Barry's pass.
Here's a map from the lake's visitor center showing the location of Petersburg, the lake, and numerous other recreation and camping facilities in the area.
We reserved the same site we were given last year, when we arrived mid-week without reservations, Supposedly this pull-through site only takes a 25' RV, but Pearl, at 32'9", fit in it just fine. Their measurements must allow for a truck or tow'd vehicle to stay hooked up to your RV.
From our site, our Verizon Mifi box picked up 1-2 bars of 4G LTE, and we were able to use our Dish Playmaker to pick up satellite TV stations.
Due to drought, the lake level was way down, which meant that the little finger our site sits on was almost dried up! Instead of water, we saw mostly green growth. However, the creek remaining attracted birds and large, sunning turtles and was still scenic. The difference between our view from last year and this year was significant.
Here's this year's view from our campsite, then walking down the back a bit for a closer look. Not much water to see!
These photos we took last year, show a much higher water level near the same campsite. Also, we visited earlier last year, so the deciduous trees are not leafed out.
Unfortunately, our stay at Petersburg did not turn out quite the way we'd hoped. On our first full day, we had a glorious bike ride over to the South Carolina border and to check out the Lake Strom Thurmond dam. Unfortunately, this is the ride when I had my accident, while finishing up in the campground after over 20 miles of bliss. Here are a few photos from the fun part of that ride.
We took this happy shot in front of the lake with my camera's self-timer right before heading back to the campground. I hope that one day we'll be able to take another one like it, when my recovery is complete.
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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