One of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is camping, and Lake Walter F. George offers excellent waterfront campsites. The Corps of Engineers maintains several campgrounds considered to among the finest in the Eastern United States.
The campground nearest Fort Gaines is Cotton Hill, which offers 104 individual campsites nine miles north of town. Ninety-four of these sites have electrical hook-ups; all of them have water.
Additional Amenities at Cotton Hill Campgrounds:
- Fish cleaning station
- Coin laundry
- 3 Bath houses with showers
- Boat ramp with courtesy dock
- 2 Playgrounds
- Group shelter
- Pay phones
- Dump station
- Golden Age and Golden Access Passports accepted
- Attendant always on duty
The campground is open all year. Campers may stay as long as 14 days in a 30-day consecutive period. Longer stays require the prior approval of the Resource Site Manager.To make reservations for Cotton Hill Campgrounds please visit their website.
Day use parks on the Georgia side of Lake Walter F. George include East Bank Park, Pataula Creek Park, Cool Branch Park and River Bluff Park. Of these, East Bank and Pataula are nearest Fort Gaines.
East Bank Park facilities include a boat ramp, beach area, playground, basketball courts, restrooms, public fishing pier, and a large picnic shelter available for reservations. East bank is one mile north of Fort Gaines.
Pataula Creek Park has numerous picnic sites, a boat ramp and a restroom. It is nine miles north of town.
Additionally, George T. Bagby State Park offers several picnic areas.
Nature trails and historical tours abound in and around Fort Gaines. Inside the town itself, one can take the self-guided tour, learning about historical landmarks and enjoying Frontier Village.
Both George T. Bagby State Park and Cotton Hill Park offer developed hiking trails with interpretive markers for nature lovers.
The Georgia side of the Walter F. George Lock and Dam are used by many as a walking, hiking and exercise area. You can park your vehicle in the convenient parking lot, and then enjoy a spectacular view as you run, walk or bike.
For additional information about camping, picnicking and hiking around Fort Gaines, call the Natural Resources Site Office at (229) 768-2516.