Travel Georgia: Shady Grove Campground

Travel Georgia: Shady Grove Campground

600 500 Kristi Corder

Are you heading to the Atlanta, GA area and want to find a place to stay that’s away from all the hustle and bustle? Pack up the RV and head to Shady Grove Campground. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and it quickly became one of our kid’s favorites. Keep reading to find out why!


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As of the time of this writing, we have only stayed at one campground in Georgia. But this particular campground sure made us want to go back and check out more around the area. Here’s our review of Shady Grove Campground.

Shady Grove Campground: Location

Shady Grove Campground location

Shady Grove Campground is located in Cumming, GA on Lake Sidney Lanier. It’s about 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta just east of Hwy. 19. While it’s in a secluded area on the lake, it’s just minutes from restaurants, shopping, and anything you need to make your stay more comfortable.

Shady Grove Campground: Fees and Campsites

Shady Grove Campground campsite

This campground has 83 RV campsites with 30/50-amp electricity and water hookups. There are both back-in and pull-through sites, and all sites are paved. No sewer hookups are available at the campsites, but there is a dump station available in the campground for your convenience. Some of the sites are waterfront. And there are picnic tables and fire pits at each site. Nightly rates run from $28-$56. You can look here for other specifics regarding campground fees and discounts.

Shady Grove Campground campsite

We stayed in site #17 which is designated for a maximum RV length of 38′. We have a 39′ fifth-wheel and found the site to be large enough for us. We’d even say that RVs much longer than us could fit in that site. We also had easy access to the bathhouse and laundry facility since we were right next to both.

Shady Grove Campground campsite 3

Cell signal was fine as we seemed to have no trouble with it at all. We have both AT&T and Verizon, but we’re sorry we can’t remember which one we used while there. One of the two (if not both) was plenty strong enough to handle Brent’s 8-5 online job.

Shady Grove Campground: Facilities

Bathhouse

Shady Grove Campground Bathhouse

While we do have a shower in our RV, we chose to use the showers in the bathhouse at this campground. Why? There are no sewer hookups and we didn’t want to have to dump our gray tanks mid-week.

Shady Grove Campground bathhouse toilet stalls

The bathhouse was kept very clean. As a matter of fact, there was a camp host cleaning the toilets and showers one day when the girls and I went in to shower. The heavy smell of Pine-Sol caused us to pause at the door and wait for the air to dry the freshly mopped floor.

Shady Grove Campground bathhouse showers

There were two shower stalls and three toilet stalls. Each shower area had a shower curtain, a dressing area with a bench and clothes hooks, and a stall door that locked. The water was hot and had plenty of water pressure. And best of all, it was free of bugs!

Laundry Room

Shady Grove Campground laundry

The laundry room was basically a little room right between the women’s and men’s bathhouses. There was only one washer, one dryer, a sink, and a table. Luckily, we were one of just a few people staying in the campground in early May so getting our laundry done was fairly easy. It was $1 per wash and $1 per dry which is super affordable! Because it is located between the two bathhouses and open all day long, there were bugs on the floor and crawling on the table. I just took all our clothes back to the RV to fold once dry.

Shady Grove Campground: Things to Do

Lake Activities

Shady Grove Campground lake

As I said, this campground is located on Lake Sidney Lanier. Any lake activities that you could possibly think of are available at this campground.

Kayaking at Shady Grove Campground

Our kids had a great time kayaking on the lake. They had received a new kayak for Christmas the year before and decided it was finally time to break it out and use it. It was an easy walk from our campsite down to the small beach and dock area on the lake.

Playing in the sand on the beach

If you don’t have a kayak, you can go for a swim. After our kids tired of the kayak, they spent some time digging in the sand and walking out in the water. This campground has a small beach area, but it’s perfect for the kids.

You can also launch boats and other watercraft out on the lake. So if you have them, be sure to bring them for some fun out on the water.

And don’t forget your fishing poles. Fishing is allowed on the lake.

Other Recreational Activities

There are other recreational activities available in this campground as well. We found a volleyball court and playground on our walk to and from the lake. And there’s also plenty of hiking, biking, and running trails if you like to stay physically fit.


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