McKinney Campground is a beautiful campground located on
Lake Allatoona, a half hour Northwest of Atlanta near
Acworth and Cartersville. Most of the sites
are on the water which makes boating and swimming (with feet
protection) convenient. There is a
beach, but surprisingly no playground. There is much to do
at McKinney, even without a playground. If you have a boat,
you will especially enjoy the ability to park it
conveniently near your campsite (in many sites). If you
enjoy rockhounding, you should also be entertained at McKinney.
On this visit to
Allatoona, we stayed in site #88 right on the water. All sites are
nice, but this and the surrounding sites are especially
convenient to the water.
It was Harvest at the Homestead weekend, an event occurring at
Red Top Mountain State Park that brought us to Lake
Allatoona this time. We chose McKinney as the place to stay
because of the incredible lakefront sites, and because Red
top Mountain is accessible by boat. It's always more fun to
go in a boat! We spent a good part of the day at Red Top
Mountain, but when we got back, we enjoyed a beautiful
evening at the campsite, and doing a little fishing and
Rockhounding at McKinney
- Lake Allatoona is fed by the Etowah River which winds its way down
from Dahlonega, the site of the first Gold Rush in the US. Placer gold
(gold that has washed down creek beds from deposits in the mountains)
can still be found in the creeks that feed the Etowah. Gold is typically
found in quartz, and quartz abounds at McKinney. Now I'm not saying
there's gold in the quartz at McKinney, but there are lots other colors.
Rocks that don't look like much on the ground often polish-up
beautifully. We found some rose quartz that I believe will look great
polished. We also found some rock with pale blue crystals I
couldn't identify (yet). I will polish them and post the pictures.
There is much layered rock
here as well. Layers often mean fossils, although I found none. There
are fossils in the quartz, but they are difficult to identify.
With regards to the gold,
that will be a future trip. Across the peninsula from McKinney is
another Corps of Engineers campground called "Payne". It sits across a
cove from Kellogg Creek, a place known for gold. we'll camp at Payne
sometime soon so we can ride to the mouth of Kellogg Creek in the boat
and pan the day away. Just a note about panning at Allatoona -
before you pull out the tools, read the rules.
The Richardson Tribe
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McKinney Campground is near
Red Top Mountain State Park, so we were interested as
soon as we heard about it. We love Red Top Mountain State
Park, and we really like their campground, but RV sites are
not lakefront (that we could find). Another nice feature of
McKinney is the ability to reserve specific sites. It sure
makes you rest easier knowing that you have a site, and even
better if you know which one.
We borrowed Paw Paws fishing boat and a couple of kayaks so
we would have plenty to do. Our site was on the lake, but
pretty high up on a hill. Not a good place to park a boat.
We met some friendly campers just downhill, and, like most
all campers would, they said they did not mind us accessing
the lake there (we will stay in that site in the future).
The Richardson Tribe
Amicalola Falls State Park
Beaches of South Walton.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cedar Creek Park
Charlestown State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Cherry Hill Park
Chester Frost Park
Cloudmont Ski and Golf
Consolidated Gold Mine
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Desoto State Park
Doll Mountain Campground
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairground
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold n Gem Grubbin'
James H Floyd State park
James Island Park
Jellystone Park- Cave City, KY
John Tanner Park
Lake Sidney Lanier
Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
Moto Mountain Powersports
New Echota - Cherokee Capitol
Noccalula Falls Park details and pictures
Old Stone Fort Archaeology State Park
Pine Moutain RV
Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Stone Mountain Park
Tannehill State Park
Tellus Science Museum
The Southern Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve
US Space and Rocket Center - Details and Pictures
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
The Army Corps of Engineers has
a very nice website, but as usual, pictures are in short
supply. Making reservations is a great experience because
the website provides campsite specific details and an
interactive campground map.
150 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites (**$22) - No full hookups.
Beautiful campground. Count on seeing deer, they're
protected here. One of our favorite campgrounds!
Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
grown to love Allatoona, but it can get crowded at times.
The water seems very clean and marinas abound.
has been here for over 50 years, so the fish population has
had plenty of time to establish. Fishing is good.
Allatoona is fed by the Etowah River which flows down from
gold-bearing mountains. You can pan up river in some of the
streams feeding the river. We also found lots of quartz of
varying shades and some unidentified rocks (will post
Red Top Mountain State Park (accessible by boat
Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum,
Western Art Museum. What is notable is that each of
these local attractions is in our top picks. This is a great
place to stay!
*Note: We rate
only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
**Accommodation pricing is based on 2010
Army Corps of Engineers website pricing.
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Rockhounding at McKinney
Bartow County (where
McKinney is located) is one of the most diverse and rich
mineral sites in the state of Georgia. To pay homage to
that fact, there was once a modest little facility in
Cartersville, Georgia called the Weinman Mineral Museum.
It was kind of small and old, but it was very well run
with some very nice displays. The Richardson Tribe
visited several times. Then someone did something to
that little museum. They made it grand! First, they
built a massive structure around the little museum, then
they filled it with total awesomeness. Now it has a
fossil gallery, a transportation gallery, an
observatory, a theater, a planetarium, a hands-on
physical science gallery, and a a a fossil dig and gem
grubbing for kids, and yes, they still have the mineral
gallery, but now larger and better than ever. The museum
is now called the Tellus Science museum. If you are
visiting the area, or just passing through, you owe it
to yourself to visit.