March – May 2007 – My favorite places to stay while in the Savannah area were Skidaway Island, Fort McAllister and George L. Smith State Parks. But since I was staying in Savannah a few months in order to work, I needed to check out some of the full service parks. Following is a little info on the ones I saw. Note that all pictures and comments are from 2007.
Savannah South KOA
4915 Hwy. 17 South; Savannah, GA
April & May, 2007: This is where I ended up staying for these two months.
If you’re into bird and fowl watching, you’ll enjoy the beautiful swans gliding by and the egrets & ibis that fill the trees on a little bird sanctuary island offshore – makes for some nice, peaceful sunset moments.
The park was pretty nice, even though some of the sites are tight and some of the hookups are so far back in the site, you need really long hoses.
The monthly sites are in the back and I really liked it here on the water.
My first month was really positive. But then the park changed management and to say they needed a refresher course in customer service would be an understatement. I wondered if it was just me as a monthly tenant that had such negative interactions with them, but another nightly fellow camper remarked to me, “They acted like they were doing me a favor by letting me check in.” I had been fulltime RVing for 6 years at that point and I had never run across two worse managers than these. Why don’t some managers understand that always treating their guests with respect and courtesy is as important as providing a clean and well maintained park?
RVParkReviews.com – What other campers have to say about Savannah South KOA. I noticed when updating this page in 2017 that the recent reviews are more positive without so many comments about the bad management seen in the 2007 reviews. I found my review from March 2007 before the management change when my impressions were really positive. I hope this means the bad management is now gone.
This looked like a pretty nice park to me when I first drove in. I’d read some nasty tales about the dreadful old owners, but reviews of the new ones were much nicer. However, I didn’t feel particularly wanted when I went in to inquire about a monthly stay at their park. I was told they didn’t take reservations and they had to see the RV first – they don’t allow RVs older than 10 years or those not in good shape. While I understand and appreciate their not wanting a bunch of junky neglected RVs there, and my motorhome would have qualified, the attitude and the way they put it just didn’t set right with me. After driving around the park, I wasn’t too impressed with the roads or layout, either. I thought it was just me until one of my neighbors said they had checked it out and felt the same way and also preferred the KOA in general.
This shows spots 34-37. Note that there are spaces directly behind these (32-28) with no space or road inbetween. At first I thought they were big pullthroughs and I’m not sure if the back row backs in so they’re facing the road or pulls up to the rear of the RVs in front.
Sites #17 and 18 back up to the woods, which I think is much nicer.
RVParkReviews.com – What other campers say about Savannah Oaks.
Whispering Pines RV Park
1755 Hodgeville Road; Rincon, GA 31326
The row above shows the rigs backed up to the lake. Some of the more interior sites are better shaded, but most are pretty much out in the open.
No bad vibes here at all – the girl I talked to was really nice and helpful. Basically, I just think it’s not as convenient a location. I liked being closer to grocery shopping, etc. in Richmond Hill and more shade on my site in the summertime.
RVParkReviews – What other campers say about Whispering Pines.
Greenpeace RV Park
115 Caroni Drive; Rincon, GA 31325
I saw their sign from I-95 when I exited for Whispering Pines, so I went ahead and checked it out. It was farther out in Rincon and after the exit, the signs weren’t very good, but I called the office and found it.
The guy was nice and said they do rent to overnighters at $15/night, but it’s mainly working long-termers here. I couldn’t find reviews anywhere, so if you have info on this campground, please share in Comments below.
Waterway RV Park
70 Hwy. 17 South; Richmond Hill, GA
When I passed this park, I thought it was a convenient enough location, so I pulled in. The office was closed, but I drove around. It looked pretty difficult to maneuver around in and as you can see, they’re packed in pretty tight together.
Row of backins away from the water.
In 2007, I saw a listing for them in Trailer Life and reviews in RVParkReviews.com, but they’re no longer there. I’m keeping this info up in case others are looking.
Update June 2010: I heard from a fellow RVer who stayed there a month, and this is what he had to say: “Yes we did stay at Waterway for a month and it was the worst camping trip we have ever had. The park was more or a trailer park (too many drunks) than a campground and the gnats were so bad you couldn’t even sit outside. We would go off just to get away from them. I talked to the manager about the drunks but I don’t think he cared….making money. We should have left but we wanted to see some dear friends that lived in Savannah. Will never stay there again.”
Malia’s Note: Again, the above pictures were all taken in 2007, so things may have changed since then, so I suggest you check out their websites and their listings in RVParkReviews or other review sites. I don’t know if I’ll be returning to Savannah area anytime soon, but I’ll update this info if I do.
It’s Nice to Share: If you have anything to add about any of these parks (or other parks around Savannah), I’d sure love to hear from you in Comments below!
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