Fall adventures in the southeast

Our adventures in the RV over the past six months have been closer to Marietta and limited to short trips once a month.  Below, I’ll share some of the places we visited in the fall months as the leaves were turning. 

Last September, we took a break at Gatewood Park in Bartow County, GA. It’s a convenient and easy trip because it’s only an hour north of us.  Even though it is not far, it feels a world away and offers a beautiful respite.  This was our second visit; incidentally, we just had our third visit to Gatewood in May 2024 to celebrate our anniversary.  The area nearby is rich with history, beautiful landscapes, and many protected parklands.  Nearby, you can find Red Top Mountain State Park, the Allatoona Lake Visitor Center, and the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. 

This county park has no camp store, but it includes a disc golf course and a campground on Lake Allatoona with waterfront campsites.  We can inflate our kayak and launch it right from our site.  The disc course is challenging and includes a few water shots.  The campsite itself is spacious with the usual picnic table and firepit but also plenty of space and trees for two hammocks and a place to dry clothes.  With all this and many excellent disc golf courses nearby, it’s no wonder we keep returning.

For our October trip, we decided to go back to High Falls State Park, less than two hours southeast of Atlanta.  We had enjoyed staying there once before for one night and wanted to spend more time in the area. So, we took a break from things to explore it more.  The scenery is pleasant, and the people are friendly.  There are many disc golf courses nearby and Jason enjoyed playing the one at Dundee Lake. 

The park itself is small but has a lot to offer.  Besides campgrounds, they have a seasonal pool and a miniature golf course that overlooks the dam-created waterfall (right behind hole #7).  There are fun extras like the little library box outside the camp store, which provided great puzzles for rainy days. 

Each day, we took a hike around the park and many of the paths followed along the river.  It was easy to find places to sit along the river and have a picnic.  On the top side of the dam is a small lake with homes along the waterfront.  One day, we took our inflatable kayak for a ride and saw the wildlife above the dam.   Overall, we had a great time exploring this park and the surrounding areas.  I highly recommend a stop at this place if you are ever nearby.   


Before the holiday craziness fully began, we wrapped up our fall with a November trip to my brother Greg’s home in Charlotte. This was not an RV trip but a quick weekend getaway. Besides eating amazing savory and sweet foods, we took a last boat ride of the season and played a round of disc golf at Westmoreland Park.  

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