It is officially open camping season for our family! We choose to go close to home to get back into the groove. Clark Creek Campground is located on Lake Allatoona and owned by Bartow County.
The campground offers 24 RV sites, most of which are waterfront. This particular part of the lake is a no-wake zone which makes it great for swimming and shoring a boat.
Clark Creek South Campground is located on the other side of the bridge and is next to the boat ramp. It has 40 sites and about half of them do not have water/power hook-ups. The north campground was the better of the two.
I booked our reservation last minute and the only site available was number 5. It must have been an cancellation because it is a great site. The only negative was the close proximity to the gatehouse. Drive through the gate and bam you’ve arrived. However, due to the way the site is positioned you have to drive the entire campground to turn around in order to back into site 5. Sites 4–7 work the same way.
What I noticed about many sites was that the camper’s nose would be really close to the ground; this was not the case for us in site 5. The picnic table was on concrete, which we don’t love—but it was a nice large and clean table. I also didn’t love the location of the firepit. It seemed too close to site 4, but I may just be used to having the firepit on the pad. The pad was large and gave us room to spread out.
Sites 4–6 are the best sites for a level area to get into the water. This is particularly great for small children. Behind site 5 and in front of site 6 is a large grassy area. These sites would also be great for kayaks. Our neighbors said that they are booked solid all season.
Sites 1–3 in their own cul-de-sac at the front are not ideal because they are close to the road and bridge. We will be in site 14 in May and it had a long driveway and path to the water. It sits up high on the hill. A couple of sites had new decks or framing around the pad.
The loop in the back had a large pavilion with its own grill. There is only one bathhouse in the campground. The dump is awkwardly situated on a hill and because we were already past it in the campground we did not want to drive through the campground again—we dumped at Cabelas, one exit south on 75.
Clark Creek Campground is owned by Bartow County and the website to book is not user friendly (or just took some time to figure out). To view the campground map, click “facilities”. To book a campsite use the link at the registration page, then hit “facility rentals.” To choose the date you would like to book you hit the green squares on the table.
The boat ramp isn’t open for the season yet, and Bartow County put on a movie for campers at the dock on Saturday evening. Not sure if they were going to make the movie night a regular thing, but what a great addition to a camping trip.
The stomach bug hit our family around 4 p.m. on Saturday and I’m not sure we have ever packed up the camper so fast. So glad we did because by Saturday at 9 p.m. the whole family had it and we would have never been able to pack up the camper and drive home on Sunday.
Places to Eat, Drink, Have Fun.
We do not usually go out to eat while camping on Lake Allatoona because we are so close to home. However, I did want to put together a list of our favorite restaurants, breweries, vineyards, and fun things to do in close proximity.
Things we learned:
- We were thankful to be close to home because of the sickness that hit the family, but we also forgot a couple things. Many of things we could have done without, however our daughter’s sound machine is a non-negotiable. So we drove 15 minutes home to get the sound machine and the other items.
2. Not sure we would have tried Clark Creek North if McKinney was not still closed for construction. I’m glad we did because it is a great campground. I would rank it right after Victoria COE Campground (3rd) for Lake Allatoona campgrounds.