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Old 02-01-2007, 11:35 AM   #1
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This morning there is snow on the Cadet; it must think it is still in Canada or Ohio. Anyway, I have agreed to host/organize a Georgia rally in the spring.

I am booked up during May, but that leaves us most weekends in April and all of June. Palm Sunday is April 1 and Easter is April 8; other than being days a lot of folks are in church, they are also big weeks for camping. In March most of my weekends are free, but the water levels in the lakes may still be down.

We need to start talking about a date and a place. The place may dictate the dates, so let's think about a place first...I hope no one suggests Valdosta...5 hours from us!

Then, we will need some one to oversee the welcome eating, the Saturday potluck (more eating), and maybe a Sunday pancake send-off (even more eating). There's a pattern emerging here.

Anyone want to organize some other thing to do? Our Cadet won't be anywhere near finished, but a shakedown cruise will be good for us, and I am sure other campers will have lots of suggestions for improving it.

Let the suggestions begin!
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Old 02-01-2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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Don, why not Valdosta? I will go stand in the corner now.

My suggestion would be in Southern Georgia. It is warmer for April camping and it does not have bug issues that time of year. Last night I looked for a place to suggest but have not gotten there yet. Hey Ya'll, any ideas on where to camp on the Suwannee River?
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Old 02-01-2007, 02:27 PM   #3
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There are some nice state parks on the GA - S. Carolina border. I don't know if they are open year round though.

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Old 02-01-2007, 03:30 PM   #4
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i will keep an eye out on this one too.

Landsford Canal State Park and Lake Wateree State Recreation Area are great places to camp it has been a while since i have ben to landsford last time there i had to walk the canoe through the shallows but i was told that the palce can be a monster when the water is high.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:09 PM   #5
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One possibility might be FDR State Park. It's just N of Columbus and has LOTS of nearby attractions including Pine Mtn. and Callaway Gardens. They have over 100 sites that would accomodate eggs (with water and elec.) and picnic shelters for group activities.

THANK you DonInChatt for your willingness to work on this!

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Old 02-01-2007, 08:45 PM   #6
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How about this one? I hear great things about Amnicolola State Park

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Old 02-01-2007, 09:03 PM   #7
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Georgia has magnificent state parks. The problem with trying to arrange a gathering for a large group using them is the state has a first-come-first-serve reservation policy. Some of the more popular parks have regulars who book ahead annually. That means working around them. Only a couple of state parks are willing to work with large groups and those groups are tenters.

There were 27 trailers at last year's gathering. So, Amicalola with 24 total sites wasn't an option. Most of the state parks weren't an option for that same reason. I'm not sure of the percentage but most of the state parks maxed out around 15-25 RV/tent sites. Unicoi, Vogel and FDR are among the largest parks with more than 100 sites. They are very popular parks and the rangers can give you a clue as to how booked they will be for a certain weekend and if its possible for your group to be located near each other.
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The good thing is you are inquiring while it is still cold. The warmer it gets, the harder it is to book exactly what you want.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:15 AM   #9
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that one advantage to haveing an early spring rallet there are not a lot of campers out at that time. Prememorial day camping is a whole lot easyer then mid summer camping for sure. the only way to find out for sure is to check with the reservation system then post it
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #10
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I may have messed up my last post I dont see it anywhere but count the Martins in on this shindig

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Old 02-07-2007, 12:36 PM   #11
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What about stone mountain park? It's got 400+ camping sites, and they're quite used to big groups that come for festivals, pow-wows and such.

It's a private facility and therefore rather expensive, and it's suburban rather than rural.

On the positive side, it's a nice facility, it's very close to Atlanta where there's lots to do, including the GA aquarium. (a must see)

There's also several army corps of engineer campgrounds around the resevoirs with 80+ sites to consider.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:31 PM   #12
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How about Mistletoe or Elijah Clark State Parks on the lakes in eastern Ga. They are both big lake front campgrounds.

Does anyone know of any campgrounds around Helen or Dillard?

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Kathy, Elijah Clark State Park is about an hour drive from where I live. We have been camping there for aprox 20 years. I of course love that park. I know what the Picnic Shelters are, but I am not sure what the Group Shelters are. It is more rustic than other rally places, which is sure fine with me. I am just not one that thinks you need a full service kitchen in a big building to have a pot luck meal.. after all you are camping.

I know nothing about Mistletoe.

We are getting some good ideas!
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Hello,
How about Lake Hartwell? I've heard there are several campgrounds, and at least one state park there. We've been through there a couple of times, but never camped on the lake. Seems like a nice place. Just a thought. Is anyone familiar with that area?

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