Shady Grove - BeachThis Shady Grove Campground Review is part of the Lake Lanier Big Rig Project to document all of the parks on the Lake Lanier that can handle Big Rigs. We have a house on Lake Lanier and live about 3 1/2 miles from here. Over the years we have boated over to Shady Grove and in the winter went in walks in the park. To date, we have not actually stayed at the park. But after getting permission from the park rangers we went over and documented all of the sites.  This review covers all of that information.


Shot a Drone Flyover of the Park from 300 Feet. Not much to see but gives you an idea of the layout



General Info: Shady Grove Campground – Cumming, Ga

Shady Grove - Lake View

Shady Grove Campground is a Forsyth County Managed Park on Army Corps of Engineer Land.

  • Physical Address: 7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way, Cumming, GA 30041
  • Phone Number for Reservations: (770) 205-6850
  • Website: Shady Grove Campground
  • Website for Reservations: Shady Grove Campground Reservations (Note site was down when I tried)
  • RV Daily Rate as of June 20, 2016: 50amp: $28.00 per night
  • Other Discounts: None
  • Stay Limitations: You can only stay 14 days in any 30 day period
  • Additional Information: Limited to 2 weeks per 30 day period. You are locked into the park from 10pm to 7am (Gates Closed). Park has Beach and Swim Area, Boat Ramp, Showers, Wash Area


Site Details

Shady Grove - Lake View

  • Site Pad Material: Sites are asphalt with Gravel on the side . Some sites are level some are not see the list below. Many you would not even consider for Big Rigs. List below works for Big Rigs (With Pics)
  • Water: Yes, included with daily rate
  • Electricity: Yes, included with daily rate
  • Sewer: The Campground does have a pumpout location, but I believe each site does not have pumpouts at each site
  • Laundry: Yes
  • Cable TV: No
  • Wi-fi: No
  • Dump Station: Yes
  • Propane: No
  • Pull Throughs: Yes
  • Back In: Yes
  • Big Rig Friendly: Yes – Some see list below
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Additional Information: Most of the sites at Shady Grove are right on the water or at least very close to the water. Almost all of the site are under trees so no satelite. But you will likely pick up OTA through your antenna. Some have simply amazing views. Some sites and some rings of sites I would highly not recommend for a big rig. Even if it says it is big enough I would not recommend them. Just because they are long enough, they may be to unlevel or to hard to get in. All of the sites listed below have been verified.

Sites that are Big Rig Capable

We went over to the site and looked at every site. Based on what I saw, these are sites I would feel comfortable bringing my 43′ American Eagle in.

  • Site 52, 57,70,71,74-76,78,79,83,85,90,92,93,97,101-104

It is a big park so it is possible I missed on but these are the ones that looked comfortable to get into. Below in the gallery we have taken pics of each site.


Gallery of Pics of Campsites and Pics around the campground

What to do in the Area

Shady Grove Campground is centrally located between Cumming, Gainesville and Dawsonville, Ga. Not close to a lot but not to far to get to everything that you would want in a big city (Walmart, Costco, Sam’s, etc…). There is plenty of restaurants and things to do around and here would be our recommendations of where we go around here.


  • Daniels Grocery is within a couple of miles of the campground. Last year they opened a small restaurant in the convenience store. The make an okay lunch but they have the best Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit I have ever hard. We are addicted to these. Well worth the drive you will love it.
  • 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

Final Thoughts

This is a great little campground that is quiet and has a lot of room between each camping spot. The entire campground is covered in a canopy of trees so it tends to be cooler than other campground on Lake Lanier. When traveling to there it will seem like you are going back into subdivisions but just follow your GPS you will get there.

Any other questions about the area let us know and reach out if you are in town!


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