Final Post of COE Parks, Eastbank (Winter 2017 Part 9 C)


Next stop and to our final US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campground was an easy drive, just over 85 miles to Eastbank Campground, 153 Eastbank Road, Bainbridge, GA  39819, telephone number (229) 662-9273. We were there from 3/14 until 3/16/2017

We enjoyed our time in southwestern Georgia. It’s very rural, but the road system is really nice. Thanks to Jimmy Carter a local Georgian told us! After last summer in rural Kentucky, we made sure of our route the night before we traveled. The directions were not crystal clear on the website, so we called and talked with one of the camp hosts. She said to call them when we were just about 5 miles away so she could “talk” us in as many people end up at the dam! She didn’t seem to think the signage was very good, but if you have a passenger who focuses on the signs, there were more than she said. Anyway, here are a few pictures of our journey there:

It just doesn’t get prettier than this! Our drive through Bluffton, Georgia. Note the nice state road, well marked and even a shoulder!

Once we passed through Bainbridge, a small but easy to maneuver through town, we called the camp host. We weren’t too far away, but she warned us it is easy to get confused!

Her first instruction once we pass through Bainbridge, to look for the Decatur County, Georgia sign. I actually thought this one would be larger! This is not a state road, but a county road. Note the difference!

This sign shows us we have three choices up ahead. We focused on the campground sign and knew we didn’t want to go toward the Woodruff Dam!

The signage was pretty clear to the Eastbank Campground. Little did we know we were going to hike over to the Chattahoocchee Park the next day.

Not the biggest signs, but there was plenty of signage to the campground.

Entrance to the campground. Sorry, the quality is not so good. But if you look closely, you can see a motorhome slightly behind and to the left of the entrance office. It is at the dump station. And we are at the top of a hill….More later on this.

We were assigned to Site 12 in A loop. We originally planned for three nights, but due to a weather storm, stayed in our last campground, Cotton Hill, one extra day and we had to cute this stay short one night. We did and saw about all we could in that short time! As usual, this COE had very nice sites and was pretty well laid out.  Which means, easy for a big 40′ motor home to maneuver around!

This one of the three this winter probably the best overall site!

We never know how our hiking and/or walking might be in these parks. This is always the most important feature when we stay somewhere for more than a night. Although, full hook ups (that means 50 amps, water and sewer) is also preferred. And sadly, only two of the four COEs we’ve stayed in had sewer (Gunter Hill and Lands Between the Lakes-Canal last summer). If it’s just an over night stay, we hope to get in at least a two-mile walk. The COE descriptions of these parks mentioned hiking, but it was low on the totem pole of things to do.

When we checked in, the camp host provided a map that showed a hiking trail! Yay! He said he had never been on it so he wasn’t sure how long it was. He told us how we could take the trail to the road over to the nearby dam. So our first day there, we went exploring and found the nice hiking trail which went up a hill and through the woods and over the dam. It turned out to only be 3 1/2 miles, but we spotted a possibility for a longer hike the next day. Here are a few pictures from our walk/hike on our first day:

We are starting up on the nature trail. It looks nice and easy….and then takes a sharp turn UP!!! A great workout for us. It was a bit chilly for us. Note that Bill also has on gloves, so that’s a real clue!

We came out here. There is a parking lot and picnic area right by this trailhead!

This was our view once we cleared the picnic area and started out on the road. We are heading to the Jim Woodruff Dam.

All we could think of when we were here, was what it must be like to have made a wrong turn in 40′ motor home towing a car. And have to figure out how to get out of here!

We enjoyed a nice walk on over to the top of the Jim Woodruff Dam. And look, Bill has one foot in Georgia and the other in Florida. Hang on, I’ll do the same on the back side of the sign!

Not sure why I felt I had to stand on my tip toes, but I am stretching between two states! Note, it is a big chilly out and it’s March 13, 2017. Not what you would expect this close to spring!

This is our view of the campground from the road to the dam. The water was a bit rough. What a great walk from the camp ground to the dam.

And the next day, here is a picture of our great five-mile hike/walk. We had used the All Trails app to find a trail as it looked like there was something there when we walked over to the dam. It showed the Chattahoochee trail, but it also showed it was 7 miles away. We didn’t want to drive 7 miles to hike five miles….so we just went “exploring” and ended up there! It was just a mile away and we just did three miles on the trails over there.

From our MapMyWalk app, this shows our five mile route. We started at the green square. We are on Lake Seminole. We were on the other side of it when we stayed in Three Rivers State Park, Sneads, Florida! Anyway, so we crossed over into Florida and then walked around the Chattahoochee Preserve and Park! And the red shows we ended back at the same place we started.

We passed the dam on our five mile hike/walk. These man made structures are just fascinating!

We’re at the Apalachicola River in the Chattahoochee Park, looking at the Jim Woodruff Dam off in the distance.

We’re now on the Chattahoochee Park trails. We decided to take the shorter one. So maybe one day we will return and go farther!

Map of the Chattahoochee Nature Trails. Lots of beauty and wildlife to see! Of course, I couldn’t capture any pictures of what we saw….

A view of the RV sites looking at the Chattahoochee Preserve. We’re actually in Florida!

Yep, we’re in Florida and see it is also part of the paddling trails. Now that we’ve tried kayaking, maybe we’ll try this trail….

What a find! I’m not sure what makes it a Resort…it all looks pretty primitive. No public bathrooms that we could see. Only 30 amp electric. And no one was there. Maybe for a rally? .

This sure was interesting! At least five serious floods from the Apalachicola River. Interesting, three of them occurred in March, 1925, 1929, 1990 and 1998. Then one in July 1994!

We really enjoyed this day and it was warmer than our arrival day. We saw things you don’t expect to see when you are exploring and trying to hike! All in all, it wasn’t an unpleasant stay, but this one is not ranking in one of our top campground. I wish I had figured out the incline or at least noted the elevation as we went up from our campsite to the exit. When we arrived, Bill unhooked the car and I drove to the site while Bill drove the motor home without his trusty navigator. He had to pass another motor home and it was a bit narrow! Of course we are arriving early so what should we expect? But the worst part was that the dump station is on the way out, which is right at the entrance, too. Remember that one picture of the entrance? There was a motor home near it, using the dump station. There just wasn’t much room to line up and wait your turn as you are on also on a hill on a narrow road.  When we left, we timed it right so we wouldn’t have to wait long or on the hill!

This wraps up our three back to back stays in COEs. For the most part, we think we will seek out more. But we will have to do our research as to what we might expect. We do appreciate other bloggers who share their experiences in these parks!

Our winter travels are coming to a close. It’s gone too fast! Next up, just an overnight stay in Jellystone RV Park in Madison, Florida, then a glorious week in what we think is about the most perfect campground set up outside of Jacksonville, Florida. We top of the travels with five days in Myrtle Beach and then back up to Fredericksburg, Virginia for the month of April. Time to be with our grandsons and their parents!

May we end on this note of gratitude to the Lord:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

11 thoughts on “Final Post of COE Parks, Eastbank (Winter 2017 Part 9 C)

  1. Thanks for all the great information on the three COE parks you all stayed at. We’ve been to Gunter Hill but not the other two.
    Looks like you have found some good trails as well in these parks.
    Enjoy your family time!!

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I know I’m following your blog, but I’m not getting notifications! Have you written about the park in Auburn? I’d love to learn more. We hope to visit more places in Alabama. We make a yearly visit to Red Bay in May.

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  2. We really enjoy COE parks. They are usually so well designed, level, and paved. This park looks really nice!

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    • I don’t remember reading about any COEs you two have stayed in! Maybe it’s my memory! Lol
      We’re definitely fans now. Now for us to learn how to fish and what gear to buy!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I am planning a winter trip next year. It will be my first long trip and I may be by myself, well with no other humans anyway. My dogs and cats will be traveling with me. Your information will be very helpful as I plan my trip.

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  4. your posts make me antsy and want to travel!

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    • Awww! We do love it, but it’s just worked out for us. I’ll admit your lifestyle looks wonderful to me and makes me want to settle down! Lol
      Maybe we could trade places for a week or two! 😄

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  5. This was a great post. We have been using our maps to follow the course you took. So many interesting tidbits of info. We have seen some folks with huge RV’s that were towing and could only imagine being somewhere with no turn rounds. Our little “daisy” has afforded us the ability to get down those back roads but there have even been times with it that we wondered if we would get back out, lol. We enjoyed seeing where the Apalachicola River began because we were just down there on our December/January out and about in the Apalachicola Bay area. https://usathroughoureyes.com/2017/01/25/st-george-island-state-park-florida/ and https://usathroughoureyes.com/2017/01/26/van-travel-apalachicola-florida-bicycle-pottery/

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  6. […] March 16, 2017, we left Eastbank US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campground. (Click on the link for the last Winter 2017 travel post). While our next fun destination was […]

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