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“Beautiful location - especially if you love the "country"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Etowah River Campground

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437 Rider Mill Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533   |  
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Johns Creek, Georgia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful location - especially if you love the "country"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you are a camper that loves the 'KOA Experience' of graveled tent pads and falling asleep to the roar of a thousand RV air conditioners, this is NOT the campground for you. A friend and I spent Saturday night at Etowah River before kayaking the river on Sunday. We were in the primitive tent section and I think that a more beautiful slice of Earth on a fine spring morning (within walking distance of a flush toilet) would be hard to find. The campground was clean and looked to have been freshly mowed ... in fairly good condition for an older property. The only nits to pick were that the roads could use a couple of loads of gravel and the women's toilet ran out of toilet paper on Sunday morning. That being said, this is a mixed environment with maybe 20% of the spaces (away from the tent and prime RV areas) being used by long-term RV residents who act very at home at the property. If you aren't used to 'country folk', you may find the place a bit more Duck Dynasty than you are used to. There are dogs, there are kids on bikes, there may even be a Saturday afternoon jam session. Like I said, this is not KOA but if you are looking for a very beautiful, fun and laid-back environment then this may be the place for you.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The worst campground I ever stayed at. Owner intoxicated and dirty looking. bathrooms disgusting. Many intoxicated people loud and fighting. I would never stay there with small children. We should have been paid to stay there.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Suches, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

the worst campground we've ever stayed in. we waited 30 minutes at the office to be checked in & when no one appeared we found our own sight. the highly intoxicated owner showed up a few hours later to collect our money. cash only and no receipt. the scenery would be beautiful if the trash wasn't overflowing & blowing into the woods & the river. the roads are so washed out & rough that we blew a tire while leaving to go sightseeing. the bathhouse is nasty and unsanitary. there's no heat and the toilets were frozen and filled with feces. no toilet paper, paper towels or soap. leaves and trash are scattered all over the floor. when i went to throw a load of wash in, the room was so nasty i took my clothes to a laundromat in dahlonega. four wheelers and loud cars come and go all night & the permanent residents were partying & arguing loudly & when we went to complain we found the drunk owner arguing and fighting with one of the drunk or stoned residents. sometime during the night we heard several gunshots. we didn't feel safe so we forfeited 1 of the nights we had paid for & went home disappointed and disgusted. the best thing to do with this campground is to close the gates and turn it into the dahlonega dump.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I camped out right on the bank of the etowah river. I had an electric outlet right beside my tent. I was able to pan all day long and was not bothered at all. There was one dog that roamed around the campground and he was a very nice blue eyed dog and for a few hot dogs he would scare off critters all night long that would come around the tent. He is the campground dog and is very friendly. The manager let me use a tent when mine was missing the poles and she let me borrow a electric heater. It got a little loud on the weekend. Weeknights are very quiet. 5 stars all around. The camp sights are not mixed in with the RV campers and the river is beautiful. I almost did not go because of some of the reviews. I think they are paid bashers or something because I did not see any of the stuff they mentioned. I really loved this place and my 3 yr old daughter and dad loved it to. We stayed 5 nights and are going back with more gold pans next month.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jonesboro, GA
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Not the right choice for familes, especially with kids. Bathroom facility is a long walk from most campsites, not very clean and not always stocked. Extremely noisy at night with dogs barking and 4-wheelers running up and down the road till late into the night. Our water/electric had to be shared by at least three campsites. There are permanently parked trailers and it is also a frequent weekend hangout for locals. One local kid allowed to roam free took things from our site while we were away. Best thing about this campground is the 911 Lumpkin County Operator and Sheriff department personnel who responded quickly and courteously to our request for help with a loud and vulgar domestic dispute a few sites down. The campground owner never responded to our call nor followed up afterwards.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Harrison, TN
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Great location and natural beauty totally spoiled by long term travel trailers in unkempt sites.
Manager obviously under the influence of alcohol (at the very least!) when encountered during our 3 day stay. Numerous dogs run freely and dog feces everywhere. Bathrooms filthy with dried feces on rim/seats. Shower curtains half torn down. Loud drum playing and traffic until early morning hours. Grass high, muddy, gravel roads washing out with deep ruts. Did not feel safe camping there. Whoever owns this property needs to make a surprise visit!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fayetteville, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We came to this campground expecting to have a great, peaceful 3 nights. Instead, we got a nightmare. The manager came to the check-in reeking of alcohol. The grass had not been cut in quite awhile. The bathrooms were nasty! We had to listen to a blaring radio play late into the night. The worst of it all was the barking dogs that barked all night and no one did anything about it. We actually forfeited 2 nights worth of money just to go somewhere else to get some peace. Long term trouble makers have a clear priority over short term campers.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Etowah River Campground

Address: 437 Rider Mill Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Location: United States > Georgia > Dahlonega
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Dahlonega
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 62
Also Known As:
Etowah River Campground Hotel Dahlonega

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