Rocky Mountain Recreation Area is located off the beaten
path in Northwest
Georgia near Armuchee (pronounced arr-mer-chee).
The 5,000 acre park is the product of a partnership between
Oglethorpe Power and the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Rocky Mountain
Recreation Area is a wonderful local resource that is almost
free ($5 parking fee) for the public to use. There are two
lakes, a beach, a playground, and a beautiful campground with
water and electricity.
The campground is filled with tall pine trees that go right down to the
edge of the water. As can be expected lakeside camping sites are
not very level (typical for lakeside campsites), but they are
large and shady. Non-lakeside campsites seem much more level.
One of the best things about Rocky
Mountain Recreation Area is the ability to pull your fishing
boat (or canoe or kayak) right up to you campsite.
You have to make sure to secure your watercraft though because
water levels fluctuate based on electricity demand. Water is
pumped into a reservoir on top of the mountain during low-demand
times, then released to generate electricity as the demand
increases. It's like a battery.
The fresh lake water provides more
than just electricity, it's also a cool refuge from the heat of
the day. The beach is big and sandy, and the water is cool and
refreshing. The park's beach is pretty popular with the locals,
so it can be just a little crowded on holidays and weekends.
Fishing is another way to enjoy the lake, and fishing is great
here. Antioch lake is known for largemouth bass and sunfish, but
there are more species than that in the lake.
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area is a great place to get away and
relax. All activities here lend themselves to peace and quiet.
If you want some additional adventure, the park planted in one
of the best areas for adventure. It's near
James H Floyd
Ferry Park, the Chieftains'
Park, Rome Braves Baseball, the Heritage Park Bike Path, and
so much more. This is one of our all-time favorite areas in
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Entry Date: May 2015
We were right in the middle of a partial renovation of Homer
III, our motorhome. The flooring had been completed, but the
sofa was completely gone as we waited for the upholsterer to
complete our new cushions. It had been a couple of weeks since
our last adventure, and we couldn't stand it! We decided to go
camping, sofa or no sofa. The problem was every state park in
the area was booked solid! In desperation, we took a little ride
over to Rocky Mountain Recreation Area to see what was
available. I was hopeful, but realized it was unlikely we'd find
an open site on a Saturday. It was around 11am when we arrived
at the park, and we met an RV leaving! As it turned out, we
lucked-up on one of the best sites in the campground.
With the school year winding down, we'd been pulled in all
directions at once. Band trips, field trips, band workshops,
music lessons, banquets, finals, and all those other things that
happen in the real world. We were feeling stress, and needed to
unwind. A couple of days at the lake is just what the doctor
ordered. We didn't really hike, but we took some nice leisurely
walks. That evening we enjoyed a full moon and a campfire where
the kids made Jiffy-Pop popcorn and tried frying various foods
in their tiny skillets. The moon was so bright you could clearly
see the tree line on the opposite shore of Heath Lake. It was a
very nice evening.
Sunday morning was very nice. We sat by the lake sipping coffee
and watching the fog creeping away from shore, swirling
like small slow-motion tornados across the water. The sun was
shining across the fog creating a rainbow effect. It reminded us
of Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone. Very nice.
Check-out time at the campground is mid-afternoon, so we hung around as
long as we could. It had been a long while since we were here last. We
won't make that mistake again.
The Georgia DNR website is not
fancy or flashy... but I like it. It had all the information
needed to plan a stay. The only negative? NO RESERVATIONS!
Nope, it's a gamble. First come, first served. If you can
make it in on a weekday, chances are good you'll get a site.
If not, just drive up the road to
James H Floyd State Park. It's awesome!
RV/TENT/TRAILER SITES: 36 RV
sites priced at $25 (2 thru 37) with grill, picnic table, 50
amp electrical hookup, and water hookup (no sewer). Sites 8
and 37 are buddy sites ($50). Site 1 is for a host. The
campground is seasonal. See the
website for closing and opening dates.
The playground isn't
spectacular, but it's a nice playground anyway. The kids
sure love the monkey bars. The playground is adjacent one of
the two campground "buddy sites" making that site
I'm not a big fan of freshwater beaches, but
this is a very nice one.
The park sits on 5,000 acres,
much of which is open to the public. We have not had a
chance to hike or mountain bike here.
The two lakes
(559acres) are great for fishing. They contain
largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, walleye, black
crappie, and hybrid white-striped bass. Boating is grouped
with fishing in this rating because that's really all you
can do with the boat. Idle speed only. NO WAKE!
We haven't taken the canoes to Rocy Mounatin
Recreation area yet, but I think it would be a perfect place
to casually paddle, fish, and watch wildlife. Next time...
I'm giving Rocky Mountain Recreation a 9 when
I have never really looked for rocks there. Why? Well, just
a very few miles up the road is Taylors Ridge, an awesome
place to find fossils from two prehistoric time periods,
geodes, crazy-lace agate, druzy quartz, marble, chert, and
more. This is an incredible area to rockhound.
Rockhounding Taylors Ridge,
James H Floyd
Ridge Ferry Park,
Creek Park, Rome Braves Baseball, Heritage Park Bike
Path, and so much more. This is one of our favorite areas in
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Entry Date: August 2009
this trip, Nanny and Paw Paw brought their boat over, and Mother Goose
stayed with us in the camper, so we were able to spend some good times
with all three generations present..
I think the lake(s) at Rocky Mountain are cool because of what
Oglethorpe Power does here. There are two lakes at the bottom of the
mountain and a single large reservoir on top of the mountain just
adjacent to Berry College (which was a very strange mountain to begin
with). At night, when power consumption is low, they pump water up the
mountain to the large reservoir. In the morning, when power demand is
high, they release the water through generator turbines. It's like a
huge battery. It also makes it necessary to carefully tie your boat at
night because the water level will change pretty dramatically. That
remind me of a story about Uncle Mark and his Polaris watercraft, but
that's for another time.
Entry Date: July 2007
We found this
great little park while exploring on
another PB&J Adventure. We had driven by the sign several times on the
way to Sloppy Floyd State Park, and decided to investigate. It is
co-owned by Oglethorpe Power and Georgia Power, and they use the lakes
(Heath and Antioch) and a reservoir on top of the mountain to generate
electricity during peak hours. The campground is relatively small but
very nice. If you're lucky enough to get a lakeside campsite, you can
pull your boat up on the shore right behind your camp. They also have a
playground and a beach. The paved inner roads are relatively level, so
the kids could ride their bikes as well. We started off on Friday
without Lee Thomas because he was going to a birthday sleepover at
Calberts. It was strange not to have LT with us, and Heath as especially
sad. we decided that this would be the weekend that John Micah finally
gets potty trained. We used the "treasure chest" rewards method, and it
worked well. I think he spent as much time on the potty as he did doing
anything else. On Saturday I got up and put Paw Paws boat in the lake.
Pamba and Parker-John brought Lee Thomas and Calbert early in the
afternoon, and the Driscolls came soon after. We fished in the boat and
swam at the beach all afternoon. When we returned to our campsite, we
were pleasantly surprised to discover that the Browns and Bishops had
also come to visit for the evening. Now we had a nice little crowd (20)
to celebrate Calbert's 8th birthday (Sunday, July 15). We ate hotdogs
and s'mores until we could eat no more. We headed home on Sunday.
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