Category Archives: RV Park Reviews

Campground Notes – R Shaefer Heard at West Point Lake

For our second shakedown trip, we decided to just head a few miles down the road to West Point Lake. There are a few campgrounds around the lake, but we stuck to the Georgia side and stayed at R Shaefer Heard, one of the largest. This park is affiliated with the Army Corp of Engineers and if we can find parks like this to stay at, we would be happy campers indeed!

We stayed at spot #39 and loved it. If you are looking to be social, or want a clear view of the lake – this might not be the spot for you. However, if you want to feel like you are the only one in the park (outside the people driving by and the motorboats that is) this is a fabulous spot. Drive through site with more than enough room for your tow (and then some) –  we had thick trees separating us from any other spots, and a short walk to the lake. This spot does have a pretty severe dropoff when you get to the lake however as a warning!

This isn’t the only great spot however – we found the majority of them to be spacious with great views. Some have decks you can use, all seem kept up and level. Many require backing down a hill and have size limitations, but we found that recreation.gov listed the maximum length for each spot. We even saw some people bring their boats right up to the camping spot which was pretty cool.

We were here in early March, so it wasn’t super busy. I can see how this could become quite the party central in the summer with the lake, but it was rather serene when we visited. Sites do not have sewer so come prepared tank -wise. This was our first time at a dumping station and there seemed to be quite a bit of room for lines (even though it throats down rather early making it a little more difficult for people to navigate), and two dump stations available making our wait while leaving minimal.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay here. Lake views, plenty of loops & trails to walk Samantha, and privacy. 

To see more pictures of our trip to West Point Lake, visit the Geeky Explorers page on Facebook. ‘Like’ us as we will be putting all of our pictures that don’t make it up to the site there.

 

 

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Campground Notes – Pine Mountain RVC

As this was our first trip in an RV, this review will be rather informal. They may stay that way, or I might explore some structure – items we look for to have the best experience possible. Since we are new, a flat spot rocks and makes us happy. We stayed in site 201 and liked being on an end spot. We also liked that they had a ‘curb’ on the hookup side, making it less likely to knock the utilities down.

Overall we found Pine Mountain RVC to have everything you would expect in a private park. They had a spacious guest check-in, where they also served coffee, wine and beer. They had two laundry rooms that we saw, and restrooms scattered throughout the park. Since we have an RV with a good sized bathroom & a washer/dryer combo, we didn’t pop our head in to check it out on our brief overnight stay. The majority of spots were pull through and I thought they were situated rather nicely, if mostly out in the open. There was a pool, playground, and horseshoe pit and while you couldn’t walk to any attractions, the park was a short drive to downtown pine mountain and the surrounding FDR park.

We paid $35 for one night,  but compared to state parks and what they seem to offer, we may trend away from private places that are not closer to hiking trails. We did find the staff to be pleasant and helpful, and our surrounding neighbors friendly & quiet. We camped during the off season which I am sure contributed to the quiet! While we didn’t use it, there was a small fenced area for the dogs to run and also a spot to wash your TOAD. Based on our overnight & first time camping – we would return.

Please feel free to provide feedback on what you might like us to note in our reviews. Again, I am sure we will start becoming pretty particular once we frequent a few.