After Easter it was finally time to get Pearl moving again. We spent nearly five months in Winter Garden, Florida and enjoyed it for the most part, especially the local bike paths and close proximity to downtown shopping and markets. It's a good spot to be car-free! But this time the campground clientele tended more towards workers and permanents, with fewer travelers and snowbirds, and it just wasn't as pleasant a place to stay as the year before. So we were more than ready to get going.
Our first stop was a park we stayed in last year and really liked, Towns Bluff, a county park near Hazlehurst, Georgia adjacent to the shores of the Altamaha River. This campground is a bit out of the way to drive to but perfect for us, as it doesn't take reservations, and sites always seem to be available mid-week. Not sure about the weekends. There are day-use areas and boat put-ins, so it gets some day use as well, but the campground is separate from the day-use area, with a security-coded gate to enter, so you don't get the annoying drive-through "lookie loos" so common at many public campgrounds.
There are 24 sites in the campground, but one belongs to the camp host and three to rental trailers. With the park's senior discount, our site with water and 50-amp electric cost us $22.50/night ($25 without discount). We chose the same site as last year, a large pull-through. Because the park was fairly empty, there were no other rigs close to us. This was a pleasant change from Florida.
Just look how much breathing room Pearl had to herself here! Ahhhhhhh....
There are very clean bathrooms in the large bath house, and a small laundry room with a great price, only $1 each for washer and dryer. We had just done laundry before arriving so didn't avail ourselves of the facilities. There is a dump station in the park as well.
We got between 1-2 bars of 4G LTE signal on our Mifi device, so were able to use the internet, but there are no OTA television signals available. Although the tall pines made satellite reception tricky, after Barry moved our Dish Playmaker around a few times, we were able to pick up stations other than locals (since we were still set up to receive Orlando stations and too far from there to get those).
We enjoyed hiking around the park, and aside from a couple of passing pick-ups on the roads, had the place to ourselves. No one else was using the hiking trail. We didn't try mountain biking, but the roads inside the park would be good for an easy ride as all are unpaved.
The trail goes right by the river providing a perfect environment for birds.
In addition to fishing, the river is popular for canoeing and kayaking.
We consider this park one of the hidden gems of the southeast and would happily return anytime.
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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