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Are you looking for an RV park in Northern Georgia?
Take it from us when we say Mountain View Campground may just be that place. We originally booked for a 2 day stay but ended up being there for 2 months.
I wrote a review of this RV park on Campendium and figured I’d go ahead and mostly paste that review here for you to check out. By the way, Campendium is an awesome resource for finding campgrounds, RV parks and even free spots to camp out.
You can also watch the video below where Eric highlights the pros and cons of this campground so you can better determine if it’s the right place for you.
Mountain View Campground
It may sound silly, but I originally booked this campsite based on the “vibe” I got from their website and the fact that they accepted the PA or Escapees discount. Luckily for us, this campground didn’t disappoint. I was born in Mountain View, California so maybe the name also resonated with me, haha.
On a side note, it boggles my mind how many rough RV park websites are out there. When I came across their website and blog, it was like a breath of fresh air.
This was supposed to be a 2-day stay before we headed to North Carolina, but after 2 days we extended for a couple more weeks, followed by a couple more, and before we knew it we stayed here for over 2 months! We were there during the Spring, but I can only imagine how pretty it must get during the fall.
The new owners, Mike and Damien, are awesome and make everyone that stays here feel like family. They purchased the campground in November 2016 and are still working on improving the grounds. I love that Mike built the picnic tables, along with the chairs around the community bonfire and made the barn quilt design. Damien is into landscape photography and even offers excursions where you can practice taking photos of the Milky Way. These touches make the place feel that more special to us.
This was our first time attempting night photography, and while we didn’t get many good shots, we had a blast, learned a lot, and can’t wait to practice more during our travels.
At the campground you’re surrounded by serene mountain views, which make the bonfires that much more enjoyable and there’s even an old barn where they occasionally have breakfast, cookouts, live music, karaoke, or play movies.
We were there during the Grand Opening so we had the chance to see the original owner’s grandson, Wyatt Espalin perform at the barn, along with Damien, who’s in a Barbershop quartet.
The wi-fi is the best we’ve had at a campground so far and the FREE laundry is definitely a plus since we don’t have a washer and dryer in our RV.
We did mention the driveway being rather bumpy to the owners and were told that they plan to level it out more in the future, but the previous owner actually installed an old bridge as the driveway, which is why it’s that way. Even though it could use some improvement, that added part of history makes me appreciate the driveway a bit more now.
Best of all, you’re smack dab in the North Georgia mountains and close to state parks, lakes, and hiking trails. This place was affordable, safe, clean, and gave us the flexibility to explore nearby mountain towns, or venture out a couple hours and spend time in North Carolina (you’re actually less than 30 min. from the NC border).
While you’re nestled in the mountains, there’s an Ingles grocery store, Rite-Aid, and hardware store less than 10 minutes away and a Walmart and Home Depot about 30 minutes away in Blairsville.
If you’ve never been, be sure to check out Brasstown Bald, which is the highest point in GA, less than 30 minutes away, and has jaw dropping views! Some other spots we checked out while in the area are Vogel State Park, Bell Mountain, and Tallulah Gorge State Park. It’s also really close to Helen, Georgia which is where we stayed for our very first RV trip.
To be honest, there are a ton of trails and parks we wanted to visit, but didn’t get around to. We easily could have stayed in this area longer and if we don’t find our mountain town on the West Coast, I can definitely see making a home in the North Georgia mountains.
Pros and Cons
Here’s a quick list of Pros and Cons
Clean Grounds and restrooms
Safe – they have cameras on site as well as a weather monitoring system
Friendly community vibe
Music Barn for live shows, movies, and cookouts
Tons of outdoor activities nearby
They accept the Passport America and Escapees discount
Damien makes some pretty amazing blueberry pancakes
10 minutes to grocery store
Less than 30 minutes from North Carolina
Possible Photography Excursions
Big rig friendly – we saw the owner’s help RV’ers get parked and situated
Smaller campground (we like this about it)
Sites aren’t huge but average for an RV park
Not a lot of amenities you may find at a larger RV resort – this isn’t important to us but something you may want to consider
Driveway is bumpy, but they do have plans to smooth it out eventually.
As you can tell, I kinda had to fish for negatives since we obviously enjoyed our stay considering we were there for over 2 months, haha.
The two main reasons we stayed so long were the people and the location. We enjoyed cookouts, bonfires, drinks, and stories with the owner’s and fellow RV’ers. Less than 15 minutes away from the campground is The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, where we joined some of our RV neighbors on a pontoon boat (thanks Patt and Marvin!). It was the perfect day to spend on the lake, aside from Eric losing his favorite sunglasses when he jumped in the water, woops.
It was also nice that we were less than 2 hours from my mom and sister, which meant we could make weekend trips to visit them and spend time with my 1 year old nephew. While we work on the road, and it’s not all fun and games, it was nice to look out the window and see the mountains every day.
The only thing I wish we would have done differently is booked those months in advance, rather than week by week because that could have saved us some dough. With that said, the PA and Escapees discount definitely helped make this an affordable place to stay while we were in north Georgia.
That about sums up our experience at Mountain View Campground. If you’re planning a trip to North Georgia and are looking for places to stay I hope this post and our video helps you decide if this is the place for you. And if you do decide to swing by, be sure to tell Damien and Mike we said hello. And don’t forget to check out Damien’s landscape photography and drone footage. You can actually see some of his drone footage of the campground and area in our video included at the top of this post.
Places we visited Nearby:
Awesome Website about places to explore in North Georgia: