Toccoa Valley Campground

Toccoa Valley Campground

Bridge in the campground
Bridge in the campground
Rafting & Tubing rental with pickup available at the campground office.
Rafting & Tubing rental with pickup available at the campground office.
The Toccoa River at the campground.
The Toccoa River at the campground.
Nice picnic area under a pavillion right on the Toccoa River
Nice picnic area under a pavillion right on the Toccoa River

Camping

Do you remember camping as a kid, it felt like you were out in the middle of no where, and you felt so bonded with nature? It’s a feeling hard to explain. As an adult, I found a campground that somehow made me feel the exact same way. It’s nestled up in the NorthGeorgiaMountains between DahlonegaGa., and Blue ridgeGa. Its approx. 20 minutes from Blue Ridge. The scenery is to die for. I slept like a baby right on the ToccoaRiver. The campground has a river that runs right thru the middle of it, with a cool little bridge and a small waterfall at the bridge. I was blessed to be able to set my tent right by the bridge and the peaceful sound of the small waterfall all night.

One thing I loved was the fishing. I had my son with me, and he hates putting on waders and wading out into trout streams to fish. The way this area is set up is that there are awesome spots all around the river that runs through the campground and the ToccoaRiver where you can easily trout fish from the bank. I was able to wade out in the Toccoa, and still be close to where my son was fishing on the shore. There is a small creek running thru the campground flowing into the Toccoa River thats easy for small kids to fish, and it's full of trout. It was neat seeing kids fish the creek as young as ten, and catching keeper size trout. The Toccoa River at this area is really wide, and wadable, so it's a excellent spot for fly fishing without worrying about getting hung up in trees.

The campgrounds have on site canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. When I camp out, I typically don’t cook, so I definitely want to make sure that there are some good eatin spots around. One cool part about this place is you feel secluded like your out in the middle of nowhere, but there are just enough commercial places to make it comfortable.

Saturday morning for breakfast you have the option of eating at Van Zandts country store about 5 minutes from the campground on Newport. Van Zants also serves great food throughout the day at moderate prices. Van Zants also has free wireless access. I actually went up there after they were closed, sat in a rocking chair on the front porch with my laptop, plugged into an outlet on the porch, and wrote this article from there. It was a peaceful spot to sit and write. Just ask someone at the campground office, they will give you directions to van Zants. Be aware, your breakfast options on Sunday morning are minmal, so you may want to bring something to cook, or you can take the fifteen minute drive into Blueridge, and there is a killer breakfast buffet in town The Village Restaurant.

The Village Restaurant
P. O. Box 2529
4131 East First Street
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 632-2277

There was a small mountain restaurant 5 minutes down from this campground. The restaurant is called Toccoa Riverside Restaurant and the food and service was beyond excellent.

Toccoa Riverdside Restaurant
706-632-7891
8055 Aska Road
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

Between my teenage son being entertained with rafting, fishing from the bank, and the great dining experience at the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, the visit was extraordinary. I hope this gives you the information you need to make your visit a success.

Helen Ga

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