This is definitely a boaters campground. There is a boat ramp and additional parking. Unfortunately, most of the sites do not facilitate easy access to a launched boat. The ridge that forms the campground is still pretty high, and the slopes are rather steep. If you plan to anchor your boat offshore, make sure you can access it. Water levels can change pretty quickly her overnight as well, so make sure to do a good job tying up those water craft (we had a PWC float away here one night many years ago).
The campsites, for the most part, are very nice. Their size and features can vary greatly. Some of the sites in the older section have very large decks with nice views. Doll Mountain's sites have water and electric, but no sewer.
The area has a lot to offer. Nearby
Ellijay hosts the annual Apple Fest every fall, and it's a
pretty little town to visit any time of year.
Fort Mountain State Park, located on the edge of the
Cohutta Wilderness, is just right up the road. Another
must-see that's about a half hour away is New Echota, the only
official capitol of the Cherokee Nation. There's much more (see
the PB&J Map on our home page)
Entry Date: July 2011
The building of Carters lake was a pretty big deal when I was a kid back in the '70's. The dam is massive, the largest dam east of the Mississippi. The lake is an incredible 450' deep at it's deepest point. Its capacity to generate electricity was welcome back in the day, but possibly more important was the dam's ability to regulate the frequent floodwaters that often caused damage to communities and crops in the valley below. Rebecca and I know. We grew up in that valley.
In the early years of our marriage, Rebecca and I came here often. We had a personal watercraft, and enjoyed the lake's many primitive camping opportunities. We could tell you stories of riding-out storms in our tent, snake encounters, and searching for missing personal water craft gone missing overnight, but...
Now we're much older and have an RV and four young children. So, a real campground with water and electric was our goal. There are two Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds on the lake. We opted for Doll Mountain because it's just a little closer to home, and Woodring campground happened to be fully booked this weekend.
When we arrived at the campground, we were pleased with its layout. Our site, high atop a little branch ridge, had a beautiful view to the west, over the water (as in great sunsets). It was apparent that it would not be easy to keep the boat in the water overnight because of our distance "down" to the water., It was really no problem though, because the campsite's driveway was plenty long for the motorhome, the Jeep, and the boat pulled end-to-end. Wonderful!
It has been an unusually hot summer this
year, so on our first evening at Doll Mountain, the entire Richardson
Tribe was very happy to feel a steady breeze blowing cross the lake and up the
ridge. It was the first pleasant evening we'd had in weeks, with regards
Our meals were exceptional on this trip. The kids have grown very fond of salad, especially spinach (I'm shocked!). Rebecca used the cast pie irons to make calzones using canned pizza crust, turkey pepperoni, pizza sauce, and lots of yummy cheese.
We are anxious to come back in the fall before the campground closes for the season. We'd like to get the very same site so we can enjoy the sunset through the colorful fall leaves. CAN'T WAIT!