Thursday, September 22, 2016

Old Federal Campground

We had a teasing first view of Old Federal Campground in April when we saw RVs camped on a peninsula jutting into Lake Lanier while were were visiting the adjacent Lake Lanier sailing club. 

When we returned home, I made reservations for the US Army Corps of Engineer’s Old Federal Campground for the last two weeks in September. As with most Federal or State campgrounds, there is a fourteen day limit for stays. Old Federal is one of their most popular campgrounds and few sites go unreserved, even during weekdays. Getting one of the few sites at the end of the first peninsula means reserve early.

Using the map available on, I picked the spot I saw from the sailing club, site 69. The site is completely surrounded by water, but there is no shade. From noon until sunset, the site is in full sun, but we didn't mind at all; the lake breeze was great.

We had to make several trips to nearby Oakwood, conveniently located just a few miles away, to replace the flat tire that delayed our departure from Bolding Mill Campground on the other side of the lake. We used the needed trips to look around the neighborhood. The Old Federal campground is not far from Gainesville, Georgia, and just a few miles from the renowned sports car track, Road Atlanta

We decided to stay close to home, or more correctly, close to the trailer, and kick back at one of the most spectacular locations we’ve camped at. Cellphone reception is great and a good reason to turn on the WiFi hotspot.

The wide, spacious campground is located lakeside just outside Flowery Branch, Georgia, at the end of Old Federal road. It is a seasonal park, closed from late October until spring. The dates fluctuate, so check the website for the exact schedule. In typical Corps of Engineer tradition, the sites are clean and the facilities are well maintained. Most of the campsites on the three peninsula campground face the water, one way or another.

We will be back to Lake Lanier and Old Federal next year.

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