After sixteen camping trips to McKinney Campground COE we finally spent a weekend in a campsite we would NOT want to book again.
McKinney Campground is located in Acworth, Ga on Lake Allatoona. A Corps of Engineers park, it has 150 RV campsites, two beaches, one playground, and a boat ramp. We have camped at McKinney fifteen times; it’s our go-to campground, nine miles from home. To help you choose your next reservation, details and photos from all of our previous visits can be found in the McKinney Campground category.
The campground was completely booked when we decided we wanted to venture out (close to home) for our first camping trip with a newborn and toddler. We used Wanderinglabs.com to pick up a campsite and maybe sharing the website was a mistake because every time I received an email — someone was faster than us to pick up the cancellation. We stayed positive and managed to grab something a couple days before we left.
Our plan has always been to share all the best tips and tricks when it comes to camping. Our goal has always been to help and encourage others to check out the campgrounds we have enjoyed. Even if that means we miss out on a weekend or the best campsite.
Campsite 56 is a 30ft back-in site at the end of our favorite cove in the campground. We have stayed in campsite 55 previously and there are plenty of trees between those two sites, providing privacy that we enjoy. Campsite 56 sits off the main road in its own loop with campsite 57.
The problem with site 56 is that the driveway has a steep grade. If you look closely in the photos you’ll see all of the scratches (some deep) on the pavement where people have dragged the bottom of their camper. When our SnapPads started to touch the pavement I immediately had Heather pull forward to reconfigure.
Next to the driveway in site 56 there is gravel laid out that we used to take the camper down the incline. Going down at a different angle and utilizing the gravel allowed us to back down (and out on Sunday) without scraping.
Once we had the camper safely down in campsite 56 we had to back all the way up to where our stairs opened up right before the end of the campsite. This created a slight problem when lowering the back jacks because they were way past the pavement, on the sloped ground. We had a couple of pieces of wood that we used to use before installing the SnapPads. This made for a more rocky stay in the camper, but it was doable.
Off the back of the campsite there are stairs down to a path leading to the end of the cove. The campsite has a great view of the water, but it is so far back in the cove we wouldn’t want to swim here in summer. Algae occurs naturally in all types of water, but certain algae produces toxins that can cause death in dogs. There have been reports of dog deaths at other parts of Lake Allatoona in the past. Our daughter was throwing rocks into the water at the end of the cove and we had to wash her hands multiple times afterward because of the stench from the rocks.
This was our first camping trip with the new baby (8 weeks old) but sleeping arrangements were the only thing that we needed to figure out. With our daughter we camped quite a bit during her infant months, so we were used to washing bottles in the camper, baths, and diaper changes.
Our Grand Design Imagine 2150RB has a bedroom with a queen and a living room with a three-seater couch, including a chaise lounge. Our daughter sleeps on the chaise lounge and we had our son in the pack and play. The pack and play at night is up against the oven (until he can stand—then we will have to move it next to the couch.)
Our son napped in the summer infant SwaddleMe By Your Side Comfort Sleeper on our bed for the morning and evening nap. The middle nap of the day we had him in the Comfort Sleeper on the couch while our daughter napped in our bed. This sleeping setup worked great, however when our son is rolling over and not using a swaddle anymore we will not be able to use the sleeper anymore. He will strictly be in the pack and play for naps and bedtime.
Problems at McKinney Campground:
McKinney Campground recently came out with multiple alerts on the reservation page. Many campgrounds on the lake are having trouble finding hosts to work the campground. Therefore they are putting a pause on the future reservations after March 14th.
A permanent change coming to McKinney Campground is the new checkout time. The lake Allatoona campgrounds have always had 3 p.m checkout and 4 p.m. check in times. Apparently campers are not leaving their campsites on time, causing a clog at the entrance. To solve the problem, the campground changed the checkout time to 11 a.m.
Is this punishing the majority for a few rule-breakers? Absolutely. When we spoke to the Corps of Engineer Rangers for Lake Allatoona they said that those ignoring the posted times have been given tickets. The problem is continuing. A couple people are ruining it for everyone.
Unfortunately the solution they came up with is going to make the back-up at the dump station even greater. Instead of having a flow of campers check out in the morning, around lunch time, and then ones that checkout right at the last minute — there will be larger groups all checking out at 11am. OR you can pay for an additional night to checkout when you want.
We took a break from McKinney Campground a few years ago, when we had three dogs. Their rules only allowed for two. Seems like we might take a break from the campground again in 2024.
If you would also like to voice your opinion about McKinney Campground, please email We***********@us***.mil or call (678) 721-6700.
Reach out to representative, Barry Loudermilk here.