April 2007 – When I was here, the name of the campground was Savage Island, but it seems it is now just called Campground at Fort McAllister Historic State Park.
According to the Reservations System, the campground has a total of 65 tent, trailer and RV Campsites (56 with 30 amp electric service). All sites have water at the site, but no full hookups. There’s one dump station and two shower/ restroom areas. Each of those have a coin operated washer and dryer.
Entering the campground, Site 2 is a pullthrough.
A typical road scene with sites on either side. As you can see, the entire campground is pretty heavily treed.
Further down the road, Site 8 on the marsh side is the most popular, according to the camp hosts. Not only is it big, deep, and farther from the road, but the breeze helps keep the bugs at bay. Another perk of marsh-side sites is that some are able to get satellite reception from the rooftop models due to less dense tree cover on the south side.
Here I am in a site usually set aside for hosts. But they were so full during Easter weekend and this site wasn’t being used, so they put me up here so I could stay the entire week and share this info on the campground. Loved it!
Site # 38 – I thought this looked like a pretty neat site with lots of room among the beautiful trees. This guy apparently was able to get satellite internet through a hole in the thick canopy.
This couple wound up on one of the sites usually reserved for handicapped use because it wasn’t reserved that weekend and the rest of the park was full.
Norman & Sylvia Barrett have been frequent visitors to the park over the last four years, using it as a way-point between home in New Hampshire and southbound destinations. When I asked what was their favorite thing about the park, they asked “Besides the camp hosts?” Then they told me about their first visit, arriving exhausted and starving. After meeting Ron & Sylvia (camp hosts) and getting set up on their site, they were greeted with “room service” from Sylvia – a homemade dinner! Ever since, this is their “quiet refuge – the perfect place to crawl into and just rest – we don’t need resorts with pools and miniature golf and prefer walking to the water and just soaking in the natural setting.” They also said the entire staff here is to be commended for the way in which they do their jobs – like it’s a pleasure and not just a chore. Meeting this couple was a real pleasure for me, too!
Note: One of the things I noticed about interior sites like this, though, was there were a whole lot more biting bugs (gnats, sandflies, no-seeums – whatever you want to call them) here than on the marsh side.
After such a reference, I couldn’t resist visiting with the hosts (in site #3). Here’s Ron & Sylvia Hopfer, with another camp host, Betty, in the middle. They originally came here from their New York home to visit family and started camp hosting here in 1995. They enjoy how peaceful and quiet it is even when the park is full. They say it’s like a tropical paradise and the staff and people are so friendly, it feels like home. Ron even said when he dies he wants to be cremated and his ashes spread here. But then he laughed and said probably the rebels would object to a Yankee being all over the place. Betty, coming here since 1999, said besides the people, her favorite is the beautiful sunsets over the marsh.
Site 43 looked like a nice big site, too with room for dining tent and more.
This pier and floating boat dock are for campers’ use.
Malia’ 2 Cents: I fell in love with the campground after seeing the sites among the glorious old oak trees filled with swaying Spanish moss, and the love affair was clinched once I toured the fort. I could have spent at least a month here without being bored a second!
Management: If you want to know anything about the campground and the fort, ask Danny Brown, the park manager. He’s been here since 1984 and is still fascinated with its history. He’s contributed to a couple of books about it and was very gracious about sharing info with me. We spoke a bit about his “wish list” for the park. His first love is its history, so current plans for the expansion of the museum is a big priority. There are also plans in the works to replace the oldest comfort station (across from site #10). He’d also like to provide 50 amp electric service, but nothing currently planned in that regard. There are two 30 amp plugs and one 15 amp to each site. It’s allowed to use two of the plugs using a “pigtail” if you have one of those adapters.
Bugsy report: Stock up on bug repellant – the no-seeums love this park as much as the humans do!
Misc. Info: The fort and campground are separated by a mile long causeway and there is an electronic fence for secure entrance into the campground.
Entry Fees: Besides the camping cost, they charged e a $3.00 day use fee, but that’s only for the first day. Subsequent days are not charged; if you plan to have regular visitors, they are charged the one $3.00 fee and then are given a pass for entry during your stay. Wednesdays are free days as far as the day use fee, but you’ll still have to pay to tour the museum and fort. Well worth it is my 2 cents!
More Info on the Campground at Fort McAllister Historic State Park:
RVParkReviews.com – What other campers have to say. I certainly agree with the recommendation not to just pass through here. Spend at least a few nights to savor the park, the museum and the fort. Also agree about not arriving after dark. Roads are certainly manageable, but with so many trees it’s best to avoid any potential for run-ins with them.
CampsitePhotos.com – Pictures of every single site.
Reservations Information – GA Department of Natural Resources (800-864-7275) – Specific sites are not assigned at the time the reservation is made even though you’re asked the size of RV. When you show up, you just drive around and pick the one you want. Most sites are pull-throughs and can easily accommodate big rigs.
All Malia’s Miles Savannah Pages:
Historic Squares — Bonaventure Cemetery —
Laurel Grove Cemetery — Spooky Savannah —
Wormsloe Historic Site — Skidaway Island State Park —
Fort McAllister State Park — George L. Smith State Park —
Savannah Area RV Parks