This review is part of the Lake Lanier Big Rig Project. River Forks Park is a small campground on Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Ga. A quaint little county park that is heavily shaded with trees. Unfortunately it must be an older park because most of the sites are not usable for big rigs. We would probably go to this park if one of the spots were available.
Video shot in 2014 of Park
General Info: River Forks Park – Gainesville, Ga
- Website: River Forks Park
- Physical Address: 3500 Keith Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30507
- Phone Number for Reservations: 770.531.3952
- RV Daily Rate as of June 21, 2016: $18-30 per night
- Stay Limitations: You can only stay 14 days in any 30 day period
- Other Discounts: None that I am aware of
- Additional Information: Gated Park, 24 hour security, beach, pump out station
- Site Pad Material: Some sites are level some are not
- Water: Yes, included with daily rate
- Electricity: Yes, included with daily rate
- Sewer: No – but they do have a pumpout station
- Laundry: Yes
- Cable TV: No
- Wi-fi: No
- Dump Station: Yes
- Propane: No
- Pull Throughs: No
- Back In: Yes
- Big Rig Friendly: The Park recognized 2 spots that can handle big rigs, we have identified 5
- Pet Friendly: Yes (very)
Additional Information: The roads and sites are all paved The foliage and trees at the park are gorgeous but can make getting into some sites tight. we have identified the following sites that Big Rigs could get into.
Big Rig Sites:
- Recommended by River Forks Park: 18,47
- Recommended as well by MHRIG: 27,28,30
What to do while staying here.
We did not actually stay at this park. Just visited to document the big rig sites. We have lived in this area for 15+ years and use this park as our pump out when we are coming back home.
- In Cumming we do not have many exceptional restaurants but here is where we like to eat. For Italian – Provino’s is quite good. For a nice sports bar with good bar food – Taco Mac will never let you down. For exceptional German food check out Gasthous – sit out on the patio it is awesome.
- In Gainesville there are two restaurants that are worth the drive. Southern Recess Gastro Pub is an eclectic little bar right on the square with really good food. The Atlanta Seafood Market is an exceptional seafood restaurant for lunch in Little Mexico and we always go there when in Gainesville.
- In Dawsonville there are plenty run of the mill restaurants but one is the exception. The Blue Bicycle is a high end dinner epicurean delight that has very, very good entrees. No need to dress up but a very high end restaurant.
Things to Do
- This is a remote campground on the lake so obviously plenty of lake things to do. You can rent a boat from Paradise Boat Rentals or check out Boatbound – there are several listings out there as well. If you do go out on the lake the best restaurant is Fishtails and you do not want to miss Sunset Cove – a unique experience in itself.
- Lake Lanier water park is a pretty cool water park right on the lake and we love going there.
- Lake Lanier is famous for its Bass and Striper Fishing. We have caught some huge stripers with Shane Watson Guide service.
- Also under the dam there is supposedly good trout fishing – on my list of things to do . RiverthroughAtlanta is who we are considering using
- Day trips up to Helen, Ga – The German capital of Georgia or hike the falls at Amicaloa Falls
If you are in a big rig and one of the spots mentioned above are available this is a nice little park with spots right on the water. Centrally located with a lot of nice things to do in the area.
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Other Campgrounds on Lake Lanier
- Bald Ridge Creek Campground – Gainesville, Ga
- Shady Grove Campground – Cumming, Ga
- Sawnee Campground – Cumming, Ga
- Old Federal Campground – Flowery Branch, Ga
- Don Carter State Park – Gainesville, Ga
- Bolding Mill Campground – Gainesville, Ga
- Duckett Mill Campground – Gainesville, Ga
- War Hill Park – Dawsonville, Ga
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