Cedar Creek Park
is cradled by the banks of its namesake in
Northwest Georgia near Cave
Spring. The clean, cold water winds from the ancient
Cherokee farmlands and foothills to the Coosa River, and
eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Big Cedar Creek provides
multiple opportunities for
sport and entertainment. For instance,
you can rent a kayak or canoe
from the outfitter store, and they will shuttle you upstream
for an invigorating 5-mile paddle
back down. It's a lot of fun,
and the creek is typically very safe and "family
friendly." Back at the campground, fishing, swimming, and
rock hounding are all pretty good at the creek. It's rocky, so
wear water shoes.
however, is not all this park
has to offer. The most
obvious non-aquatic feature is the driving range. From any
campsite at Cedar Creek, it's just a short walk to the
tee-boxes. We like to hit a bucket or two after a good meal,
just around sunset.
Additionally, at the outfitter/camp store, sports and game
supplies are available such as horse shoes, volleyball, badminton,
and much more. Movies are also
available! Simply check-out the items and return them when
you're done. Their use is free. These are just a few of the
perks of Cedar Creek Park.
While on the subject of the Cedar
Creek outfitter store... WOW! If you are looking for a kayak or
canoe, a personal flotation device, or a water-proof cell phone holder, you
are in luck. This store is all about fun on the water. It also
carries most of the basic RV essentials and a limited number of
convenience items. There is, after all, a nice little grocery
store is just a couple minutes away, just before THE light in
Every member of the Richardson
Tribe has his or her eyes on the ground regularly, seeking
previously overlooked treasures such as semi-precious stones and
artifacts. Creeks beds in this region can yield very nice specimens
of quartz and other crystals in various forms. Also, this is
within the gold belt that is known for its rich placer deposits.
At this site, I have found small geodes containing nicely formed crystals, cloudy and colorful quartz crystals, and a wide
variety of flint and chert nodules. With regards to artifacts,
there is no doubt that arrowheads and other ancient stone tools
can be found here. Check laws regarding artifact collection, and
always ask the property owner's permission to search for
gravel campsites are good, but not perfect. Many of the
sites back-up to the creek, providing a nice back yard
overlooking the water. The sites are surprisingly level for water-side
sites. However, because creek-side real estate is limited, those
sites are pretty narrow for the most part. If you are expecting
"state park" sites with all their acreage and privacy, you may be
disappointed. What this place does have that most state parks
don't? Full hookups For the Richardson Tribe, that's a big deal.
Another very positive aspect of
Cedar Creek Park is its proximity to so many great places to go
and things to do. It's just a stone's throw from
Rome, Lake Weiss,
Cedartown, the Silver Comet Trail, and much more.
For more, read the PB&J Journals
Paddle faster Daddy, I hear banjos!
We decided that this would be our year to really explore
water-related activities. Santa brought two 14' canoes this
Christmas, and we immediately christened them by
paddling with the manatee in Salt Springs, Florida. In
fact, we've taken the canoes out numerous times, but always
on still water. We figured it was about time to try moving
water, so we decided to re-visit Cedar Creek Park on a
weekend that the folks at CRBI (Coosa River Basin
Initiative) were sponsoring a five-mile paddle trip down the
creek. That way, we'd be with people that were familiar with
the creek, and might help us along the way. We became
acquainted with CRBI through a friend, and have since joined
the group. More on them later, let's talk about the paddle
The shuttle was supposed to
leave for the drop-off point around 10am Saturday morning.
We'd camped at the park, so pulling ourselves together in
time wasn't too difficult. Fortunately, the outfitter store
at Cedar Creek had all the special items we hadn't thought
of. I mean, do we really need water proof bags? We're not
planning on getting wet!
We had a nice size group,
filling two shuttle vans with paddlers and trailers with
kayaks of various sizes, and two long canoes. James and
Debbie, owners of Cedar Creek were incredibly helpful and
gracious. James went ahead with a chainsaw to clear trees
that had fallen across the creek as a result of a tornado
that had ripped through the area earlier in the week. Debbie
and our friend David David hung back with us novices to give
us some pointers. We piled into the creek one by one, and
headed downstream. Rebecca, Lee Thomas, and John Micah in
one canoe, and Heath, Lainey, and I in the other.
Cedar creek is a pretty mild
mannered piece of water, at least that's what I'd been told.
I had nothing to compare it with. Rough water means rocks,
Debbie said. Ok, I'll avoid the rough water. Wait, all I see
up there is rough water! So, I tucked my tail between my
legs, and paddled hard, following the kayak in front of me
through the rapid. The bottom of our canoe smacking rocks
all the way. Rebecca did the same. Woo hoo, we made it
Pretty early in the trip,
there was a drop in the creek that required a hard turn
right to avoid a rock. I made it through with our canoe, but
Rebecca did not. Her canoe was quickly swamped, and for a
brief moment, she couldn't see the kids. Not to worry,
everyone had life jackets on, and there were several people
right there to help her get the canoe emptied and reloaded.
Unfortunately, this spill and talks of another rough spot
down the creek made Rebecca nervous the rest of the trip.
The funny thing is, it never came.
Other than getting hung-up on
a rock here and there, the rest of the four-hour paddle trip
went off without a hitch. We had to paddle around a few
fallen trees, but most had been cleared well before our
passage. We saw turtles, and a snake or two, and some cows
along the shore. The trees were in full grandeur, the
weather was beautiful, and the company was good. I can't
speak for the others, but I apparently used muscles that had
not been used for some time.
When we returned to camp, the
kids played in the creek and fished while I added some rocks
to our collection.
We grilled up some steaks, and prepared our first Vidalia
onion of the season before hitting a bucket of balls at the
driving range. The Tribe slept like babies that night.
Here's a shot of us with our fellow
We didn't lose anyone!
If you have a canoe or kayak that is
worthy of class 1 (mild) rapids, then you're set. Cedar
Creek Park charges $10 to shuttle you and your craft to the
launch site. If you don't have what you need, they will
gladly rent you a water craft and whatever supplies are
required. Please call to check rates and rules. Have fun!
There are many varying opinions
when it comes to camping. Some would argue that a tent and a
sleeping bag in the wilderness is the only way, and the
other extreme might argue that a "Class A" luxury coach in
what resembles a large parking lot is best. Anyone that
knows the Richardson Tribe knows that we're somewhere in the
middle. We love nature, the sights, the space, the
adventures and experiences of state parks. However, we also
enjoy some of the comforts of home such as air conditioning,
a kitchen, a potty, and a comfortable bed. A key feature
that limits visits to many national and state parks is the
common lack of full hookup (sewer), Anyone that knows the
Tribe knows that we really need full hookup if we plan to
stay more than a couple of nights with 6-7 people in the
camper. It's hard to find the right combination, but
Cedar Creek, while not a state or national park, comes
At first glance from the highway, the park looked very much
like and "RV park"ing lot, with campers packed in tight rows
in a large treeless field. A little closer look reveals
another side of the park, the creek-side. It is true that
much of the property is flat and treeless, but then trees
would interfere with the very nice driving range. Many of
the sites are creek-side sites just a cast-away from the
water, and all the lawn between the full hookup RV sites and
the creek is covered with big shady hardwoods. Big Cedar
Creek, a tributary to the
Coosa River, is absolutely teeming with fish, although
they proved very elusive (we need to work on that next
time). The park is also very close to Lake Weiss which makes
it a fisherman's paradise. In addition to many of the
amenities you might expect in a park like this (pavilions,
basketball, volleyball, etc.) the campground has the unique
feature of kayak, canoe, and tube rental and shuttle
service. They have a well stocked outfitter store with
kayaks, canoes, paddles, and camping essentials. Frankly,
the Tribe spent most of the time playing in the creek and
hitting golf balls, so we didn't take advantage of the
canoes and kayaks this time. I guess we'll just have to come
We also took a side-trip to
Note: Ultimately, there was very little about
Cedar Creek to complain about, but... I have to point
out that there is no playground, no cable (and no TV
reception), so if you want to watch TV, you'd better bring a
dish and/or some DVD's. The environment is child and family
friendly, and everyone we interacted with was very courteous
and helpful. As mentioned before, we didn't have time to
take full advantage of the park, but we will be back, soon!
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Cedar Creek RV has a
kayak/canoe/tubing theme. Full hookups. driving range, no
playground, no cable. Nice place.
Read review (below left). Sites
are narrow as can be expected on creek-side campsites.
Full hookup. The creek is clean and very nice.
It is pretty cool to walk to the driving range from the
camper, hit a few balls, then go fishing.
Kayak, canoe, tube rental.
This is what people come for.
Rent something, they take you up stream, you ride
downstream, Simple, but fun. Call to make sure your kids are
old enough to ride in the rental units.
Outfitters Campground Store
Buy kayaks, canoes, camping
supplies. A very nice store.
almost always some kind of rockhounding around if you look.
This is a creek, use your imagination. We collected some
rocks that will be polished.
Cave Spring, Big Cedar Creek,
Rome, Lake Weiss,
Tellus Science Museum,
Ridge Ferry Park, and more.
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