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Author Topic: MCKinney Campground at Lake Alltoona, Georgia  (Read 801 times)


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MCKinney Campground at Lake Alltoona, Georgia
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:33:16 PM »
Our longest trip in the fifth wheel was to Lake Alltoona, Georgia.  For us, it was well worth the drive.

After searching various websites, we decided to stay at an Army Corps of Engineers Park. Lake McKinney Campground looked wonderful online and even better in real life.

The campsite was a huge well shaded site just within view of Alltoona Lake (used interchangeably with Lake Alltoona).  It included a fire pit, grill, and picnic table.

Although it was early June and not quite warm, we swam two of the days we were there. It was about 85 degrees, but it seemed a little cool for the water.

We took one day to go through Atlanta, about an hour away, to Stone Mountain.  Camping is available at the park itself, but we prefer camping in more seclusion.  Atlanta was a nightmare drive, but at least we weren't towing the fifth wheel.

When we got to the park, we had already purchased the Adventure Pass Meal Deal.  It isn't available at the park, and it includes most of the attractions. 

Our first attraction was the train ride.  It lasted about 45 minutes and took us around the mountain.  A staff member will narrate the sights as you wind around Stone Mountain.

It isn't until you are very near the mountain that you realize the size of it.  It's the world's largest relief carving.

We also rode the tram.  When the summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, the Stone Mountain people traded the tram cars they had for much larger ones, so they could accommodate the crowds.

The tram takes you to the top of Stone Mountain.  People are free to go out on the mountain and explore.

After lunch, we visited the Stone Mountain Memorial Hall.  It is a museum of ancient civilizations located around the mountain to present day people and artifacts.

Although it may sound silly, our favorite part of our day at the park was the 4 D movie with Yogi and Boo Boo.  We'd never been to a 4 D, and it was wonderfully fun.

Things we chose not to do were Ride the Ducks, Geyser Towers, and Skyhike.  There is also a night laser show. 

Mostly, we enjoyed the beauty of Lake Alltoona and the gorgeous scenery surrounding our campsite.  We are very glad we made that trip.