RV Road Trip – Moccasin Creek State Park
Do you remember as a youngster catching your first fish at the lake? That was one of the highlights of our trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. With two young children in tow, I thought an excursion to my favorite lake in Georgia would be a welcome change from city life, TV, and video games. I wanted the kids to experience the wilderness areas I used to hike and tent camp when I was in high school and college. Moccasin Creek State Park had the perfect setting. Adjacent to Lake Burton, we could fish, hike, and rent a boat to explore the entire area.
For about $30 a day Moccasin Creek had all the amenities we needed for the Coachman Leprechaun RV. Electric, water, and spotty internet to boot! There were some very helpful park rangers that even offered to help us set up if needed. The fish hatchery and creek were right next door and the kids were allowed to fish free of charge and without a license. What a deal! They even supplied the rods. My daughter got tired of losing her worm by the nibbling bluegill so she thrust her line in and yanked it out hooking her first ever catch by the tail. So, this photo won’t be in the monthly issue of Field and Stream, I guess.
The next day we ventured over to Helen, Ga. and took a rafting trip down the Chattahoochee River. Because of the rain, the category 1 river had transformed into a 2 ½ and was much faster than I anticipated. Yet the kids embraced the challenge and screamed with every rapid and loved the experience. All seemed fine until my son’s brand-new tennis shoe slipped off his foot and floated down the river on its own. Tears followed but when we arrived at the landing spot, a helpful teenage guide had rescued the Nike from the abyss and all was well again. On our way back to the lake we stopped by the small town of Clayton, Georgia. The Cherokee and Folk museums were more sophisticated than I had thought. Nice surprise for sure.
Cooking our meals on the campfire on the shores of Lake Burton and waking up in a nice air-conditioned RV was a far cry from tent camping. I guess I don’t miss it all that much!