Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Visit to Georgia’s Tallulah Gorge State Park

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This week the Mobile Studio is parked on Site # 38 at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Northern Georgia. What beautiful country! Similar in terrain and foliage to parts of South Carolina’s Oconee County.

A fellow camper who lives in the area told me this campground has a long history, one of the first built by Georgia’s state system. Like most older campgrounds, it shows its age.

But a welcoming and helpful camp host found my reservation, checked me in with no difficulty, and directed me to the site. She proved a great source of information about the surrounding area. What would we do without camp hosts!

Here you see site # 38, one of the campground’s pull-through locations. Campsites here are close together, many with a challenging grade. But number 38 was quite comfortable, and the nearby neighbors, fortunately, were quiet and peaceful. 

Each site has electricity and water. Trash cans are provided throughout the area. The bath house you see above is one of two that serve the entire campground. But it was cleaned regularly, and provided plenty of hot water. A blessing on chilly mornings.

14 camp 1Not long after I arrived and set up, what appeared to be a small National Guard unit arrived and began unpacking equipment. I was in the Aliner writing and didn’t pay much attention. But they certainly were well disciplined. Even for a National Guard military unit.

Fort Stewart Youth ChalleNGe Group TentsImagine my surprise when I learned that they weren’t a National Guard unit at all. They were a class from the Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy. Here to experience the Park for a few days before graduation. About 30 teens, boys and girls, who’ve decided to make a change for the better in their lives. What an impressive group! I’ve got to learn more about that program. They certainly were ideal camping neighbors.

Next stop, the impressive Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, and an ElderHike along the north rim trail of Tallulah Gorge. So stay tuned!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob,

    Thanks for such beautiful photos of the park.

    Now you got out from your hibernation in SC to
    other state.

    Wonder how many people camped at the park's campsites in this time of a year.

    Anne and I made an annual pilgrim to the Shenandoah a few weeks ago. Forlige had already started there.

    We also went to NYC last weekend. Once sun set it got cold. BTW we went to see Occupy Wall Street.

    Hope you are in good spirit and health.