Campers enjoy an outdoor picnic at James H. Floyd State Park in Summerville.
Campers who frequent state parks with the amenities of home in tow –– often referred to as RV'ers –– are members of an growing club of outdoor enthusiasts, who do not mind relaxing in nature with the comforts of home nearby.
Georgia State Parks, the parks management component of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, recently announced the creation of its cost-free RV Club for regular campers.
"We want to thank RV campers, who are supporters of Georgia's state parks and who make a significant impact on our reservations," said State Park Director Becky Kelley. "We are offering this new RV Club to recognize them for their loyalty, and to let them know how much we value their business."
The new RV Club encompasses a rewards program, launched in June, to thank the RV'ers who camp at state parks, said State Parks Public Affairs Coordinator Kim Hatcher.
"We want to thank them for their support and encourage them to camp often," said Hatcher, adding that avid campers will earn free nights for every nine they camp at a state park.
Georgia has dozens of state parks, including nearHigh Falls State Park, in Jackson, and Indian Springs State Park, in Flovilla, Ga. Hatcher said the newest state park is slated to open July 1. Chattahoochee Bend State Park, just off Flat Rock Road near Newnan, Ga., protects seven miles of river frontage. The parks include fishing lakes and scenic hiking trails.
"For people who have not grown up camping, especially using Georgia's state parks, I think people are pleasantly surprised at how nice and comfortable our state parks are," Hatcher said. "It's really not roughing it, because we have modern bathhouses and amenities."
The state parks spokeswoman noted an offering of more than 2,400 recreational campsites with bathhouses, water and electric hookups, and laundry facilities.
"We get about 12 million visitors per year throughout the park system as a whole, including its 48 state parks and its 15 state historic sites," added Hatcher.
Campers can pick up RV Club PassPorts from park offices, or registering online at GeorgiaStateParks.org/RVClub.
Hatcher said there is no time limit to stay nine nights in order to earn a 10th night free. The club is open to those in motor homes, campers and trailers. Nightly rates average around $25 to $28.
To learn more about camping opportunities and the Georgia State Parks' RV Club, visit the aforementioned Georgia State Parks RV Club web page.