General Coffee State Park – Campground Review

This past weekend we camped at General Coffee State Park one of Georgia’s great parks. We are slowly but surely working our way to all the state parks in Georgia and so far have not been disappointed by any of them.

This state park campground is located in Nicholls, GA, which is about all there is to do in Nicholls is visit the State Park, which was great we needed a relaxing weekend to be out and enjoy nature. This state park is considered one of Georgia’s “best kept secrets” and I have to agree. The park itself is beautiful, the drive out there was peaceful and the campground was great.

The campground is made up of two loops and has 50 tent, trailer and RV campsites. We camped in Campground (Loop) #1, Site 25. The sites in this campground are all pull-thru sites with water and electric hookups. For the most part they are all very spacious sites. You park on gravel, dirt, sand, grass mixture (not concrete pads). There is a dump station located right outside the campground for easy “dumping” when heading out of the campground. Although it’s starting to change a bit, for the most part you cannot reserve a “specific” site in advance at a Georgia State Park. You can make a reservation for a campsite, but it’s a first come first serve as to which campsite you get when you arrive. We arrive fairly early and had our pick of quite a few campsites before we settled on site #25, the campground definitely filled up as the night went on.

One of the neat things about this state park is the Heritage Farm they have on the property. They have all kinds of barnyard animals at the farm for people to see. The heritage farm also has a log cabin, corn crib, tobacco barn and cane mill. You can rent canoes or paddle boats and explore the small lake near the farm. Of course there are a lot more activities at this park such as hiking, (4 miles of trails) Horseback Riding, Fishing, History and Nature Programs, Bike Rentals, Picnicking and Geocaching. There was a playground in the park and in the campground as well.

This leads me to two fun details about our weekend of camping. First this was a great deal we got from Groupon, first time I have ever seen a camping groupon. (as of 2/21/17 the Groupon we used is still being offered, click on the banner to the side of this post to check it out) The Groupon we purchased was Two nights of camping with boat or bike rental (at General Coffee State Park) for the price of one night. So for $30 total we camped for two nights and could have rented a boat, paddle boat or bike. We actually ended up not renting one because it was raining on Saturday – oh well. But for two nights of camping for only $30 was great at such a nice campground. The other cool thing about the weekend we were camping was there was a gentleman and his horses camping at the state park that weekend and he offered the park to give a show on Saturday and talk about his horses for a bit. It was a nice show and we enjoyed seeing the horses in action. His name is Mr J.D. Winslow of J.D. Winslow Equestrian Entertainment Corp. and he was showing his Clydesdale and Percheron horse. It was a very nice program, we learned quite a bit. Of course I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few:

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I would definitely recommend this state park and even better if you can take advantage of the groupon. We really enjoyed our visit here and hope to come back some day.

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Here are some more pictures from this awesome campground as well as the very clean (yet old) bathrooms.

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Have you been to this campground yet? What do you think? What do you think of the Groupon deal? What would be a great budget for a weekend of camping?

Happy Camping Everyone!

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