Clark Creek is located in Acworth, GA on Lake Allatoona. The campground is owned and operated by Bartow County Parks and Recreation. Split by the road, the park has two campgrounds—north and south. We stayed at Clark Creek North once before, in the early spring. The lake was still low and it was cold outside. Details about that site and the trip here.
I booked site 14 about seven months in advance. It is one of the most popular sites in Clark Creek North. All of the 24 sites are waterfront, but of course some are better than others. Site 14 is not only waterfront, it’s private from the road. The site sits down a long driveway on a peninsula.
Through the trees the lake is on three sides of the camper. There are technically two paths to the water, but one is too steep for little kids. Off the back of the site there are three steps down to a wide path that leads to the lake. The water entry is easy for all ages and it’s a great place to swim.
Anyone coming from the Clark Creek boat ramp will need to drive their boat past the site to get to the main portion of the lake. Across the lake are a bunch of docks making this portion of the lake a no wake zone. While the site was private from the road in the campground, we did hear every boat that came past and the choice of music. This didn’t bother us, but I mention it in case it would bother someone else. Site 14 at Clark Creek North is a great location for boat watching.
While there are lots of trees around site 14, for the majority of the day we had direct sunlight. It was really hot on Sunday when we were packing up. Between the camping pad and the road there is a large grass space for kids to run around. The only thing we did not love about site 14 is that the ground around the fire pit is not level. The fire pits in Clark Creek North are not located on the camping pad.
Site 14 shares a cul-de-sac with site 15, another reason it’s so private. No one else is located in that portion of the campground and people didn’t tend to walk past. The cul-de-sac is great for kids to ride bikes and play games. When we were leaving Sunday someone came by and dropped their boat/trailer there. The boat was small enough that it didn’t make a difference, but we were thinking that was inconsiderate if it was in the way of someone needing to back into site 14 or 15.
I’m not sure our camper would have fit in site 15. The camping pad was steps down from the driveway and the water access was very steep. It had a great view of the water and makes for a great tent site. Site 16 is a pull thru and to get into the site you would have to drive past it the wrong way on the road to come back through the driveway. It had a great deck with lots of railing and another level for the fire pit and camping pad. 16 has decent water access, but Heather was concerned it looked like it had
Our friends were on site 6 the same weekend we were and they brought their boat. Sites in that portion of the cove are great for pulling up a boat and jet skis. It seemed like every camper in sites 6 through 3 had a boat of some sort. We stayed on site 5 last time and really liked the grassy area of site 6. However, this particular weekend there was goose poop everywhere.
Our friends were on site 6 this same weekend and brought their boat. Sites in that portion of the cove are great for pulling up a boat and jet skis. It seemed like every camper sites 6 through 3 had a boat of some sort. We stayed on site 5 last time and really liked the grassy area of site 6. However, this particular weekend there was goose poop everywhere.
When campers started to leave on Sunday I scoped out some other sites and really liked 22. The outdoor living space is located further away from the driveway than most sites. There is a line of trees that blocks the picnic table and fire pit from the road. The county recently came in and replaced the curb and steps on the site. It also has great water access in a cove.
Saturday morning we took our friends pontoon boat out on the lake and had a bit of a situation. With six adults and five small children we ran out of gas on the busiest part of the lake. Our driver was unaware that the gas gauge had been having problems. Thankfully we did not have to wait long for a kind stranger to pull us to Allatoona Landing Marina. When calling USA tow boat company they were going to charge us a $400 minimum for the tow that would have taken ten minutes.
Directions to book at Clark Creek Campground
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.
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:
1) Cabela’s in Acworth dump station has closed. Learned this the hard way when skipping the dump station at Clark Creek North. The dump station in the campground is in a weird location, but next time we will be using it. We really should have gone back to the campground to dump on Sunday, but instead took the camper home. More chemicals were added to all the tanks and hopefully we won’t have any problems dumping at the beginning of our next trip.