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GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Elijah Clark State
Park in Lincolnton
has two scenic RV
campgrounds with 165
campsites that provide
electric and water
hookups. Amenities
include cable TV,
laundry facilities,
restrooms, showers,
a dump station and
wastewater disposal.
The park also provides
four boat ramps and
a fishing pier.

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who simply need a place to sleep on their way to
someplace else can park overnight for free in many
Walmart parking lots. Just remember to call ahead
and ask for permission.
Many free campsites don't have designated
parking spots or amenities such as restrooms and
electric hookups, and free sites usually are not in
developed campgrounds.
For a rustic, free camping experience, RVers
head to national forests, such as the Chattahoochee
National Forest in the North Georgia mountains
and the Oconee National Forest in Middle Georgia.
The best way to find a camping site is to contact the
national forest office in the area where you plan
to camp.
Free campsites also may be available at some
county and city parks and at U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers recreation areas.
Most importantly, to protect and enjoy the natural world, primitive campers should always adhere
to the seven Leave No Trace principles, including
pack out your trash. In general, try making it hard for
others to see or hear you, and leave no trace of your
visit. To learn more, visit lnt.org.
The list of RV camping experiences in Georgia
would not be complete without mentioning RV
camping during event weekends at Atlanta Motor
Speedway (AMS) in Hampton. AMS offers camping
options for race fans that include infield locations,
reserved and non-reserved areas outside the speedway and campsites that overlook the speedway.
Plus, you don't have to own a camper to join in
the festive atmosphere of RV camping at AMS events.
Many race fans simply rent.
Renting an RV has advantages if you're a firsttime buyer, you don't want the hassle of ownership

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or you simply want to try out a specific type of camper before buying.
People looking to rent someone else's camper or owners wanting to rent
out their own campers use companies such as RVshare, Outdoorsy and
Cruise America.

Home on wheels
Whether you rent or own, the creature comforts of RV travel are hard
to beat.
"You have everything in one place. You don't have to pack and unpack
the car every time," Hillick says.
"It's like taking part of your home with you," McKinley adds. "You feel
like you're in your own bed. You get up in the morning and you have your
flavor of coffee and your breakfast like you want it. You've got your chairs to
sit in. You've got hot showers and cold showers, whatever you want."
Creature comforts are just one of many reasons why RV travel is growing in popularity.
"I think a lot of it is because folks really enjoy getting outdoors, especially when they've gone through a long period of time being cooped up
inside," says David Jordan, park manager at Laura S. Walker State Park in
Waycross.
There's something unmistakably uplifting about getting away from it
all and reconnecting with nature-especially in Georgia, where the state's
mild climate allows for outdoor recreation year-round.
"Going camping will always put you in your happy place," Jordan says
with a grin. "If you go there to have a good time, it will do that for sure."
Victoria Scharf DeCastro is a freelance writer based in Suwanee.

For more information
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*
*
*

Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, atlantamotorspeedway.com
Cruise America, cruiseamerica.com
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, georgiastateparks.org
Lawrence Shoals Campground on Lake Oconee, Eatonton,
bit.ly/lawrenceshoals
* Margaritaville RV Resort at Lanier Islands, Buford, bit.ly/margaritavillerv
* Outdoorsy, outdoorsy.com
* RVshare, rvshare.com


http://www.lnt.org http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com http://www.cruiseamerica.com https://gastateparks.org http://www.bit.ly/lawrenceshoals http://www.bit.ly/margaritavillerv http://www.outdoorsy.com http://www.rvshare.com

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