Hard Labor Creek & Lookout Mountain

April 5 - 6, 2015

On the road again

After visiting our friends in Charleston, we headed west, this time in earnest, toward Gracey, KY, where our brother's family lives. We've become heavy users of the All Stays Camp & RV app, and we used it to help us find a couple of good campsites along the way, since mileage suggested two stops would be ideal.  It's not a perfect app, having put us into one unappealing site near Lake City, FL, but it has been a big help overall.

Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, GA

Our first stop, per our discovery via the All Stays app, was to be at this interesting state park in Georgia.  It's a great campground, though slightly rustic, with huge, level campsites.  Reservations here are by type of site rather than by specific campsite number.  We had reserved a 35 foot site, and simply drove around the campground until we found one that we liked.  It was a pull-through site and we were able to stay hitched up, which saves time in the morning.  We had a view of the beaver pond.  We didn't see any beavers, but we did see an armadillo that evening.  He was clearly as surprised to see us as we were to see him, though we didn't scare him enough to roll up into a ball.  After blinking at us a couple of times, he waddled off into the brush.

This park also has an interesting history, as you can read from the picture below.

Lookout Mountain KOA, Trenton, GA

Our next quick overnight stop was just west and a bit south of Chattanooga, TN.  It felt odd, after climbing up out of Georgia and into Tennesee, west of Chattanooga, to slide back down into Georgia again for the night, but that's how the Interstate crumbles.  We arrived at the KOA late in the afternoon, selected a level spot and settled in for the evening.  Later the weather turned genuinely unpleasant, turning the campground into a bit of a swamp.  Fortunately, by morning the rain relented and we made a clean getaway.

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