Chehaw Park (also known as The Parks at Chehaw) is located in south
central Georgia near Albany. Named for a local Creek tribe, Chehaw was
originally one of Georgia's first state parks. Like most of Georgia's
parks, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) was instrumental in Chehaw'
Park's construction. After a series of improvements (including a zoo),
the park was deeded to the city of Albany. The city has done a wonderful
job of maintaining the park.
Chehaw Park has several features that make it attractive to visiting
families. There is a spacious and beautiful campground with large
full-hookup sites, a massive mega-playground, and, as I mentioned
before, a top-notch animal park/zoo. Additionally there are hundreds of
acres of pristine south Georgia pines draped in Spanish moss to explore.
All the park's amenities are accessible on foot, bike, or by car.
Because it's so level, and the inner roads are so well maintained, we
really recommend taking bikes to Chehaw.
For more details about
Chehaw, read the Adventure Journals
below and view the pictures to the right. We rate this park very highly,
so you will not be disappointed.
We have visited and
positively reviewed Chehaw once before. We camped here last
time, and really fell in love with the place. On this visit,
we were camping on the lake with friends at
Veterans State Park in nearby Cordele. The weather was a
little cold, similar to the last time we visited. We were
anxious to show the park off to our friends. We concentrated
on the animal park designed by
Jim Fowler from Wild Kingdom fame. Most people know how
much we enjoy animals, so this was the highlight of the
We also spent some time in
the massive playground at Chehaw. What an awesome place to explore!
After a hard day of play and adventure, we fed our famished bodies at
Black Beards, an exceptional (to us anyway) seafood and barbeque place
Scroll down for another journal entry.
January 2009 - The
Parks at Chehaw Albany, GA, Plains, GA, Andersonville, GA
We learned of the
Parks at Chehaw from the Georgia Public Television show
"Georgia Outdoors" (Corny but informative). Because of
the distance from home, we postponed this trip three times.
Gas was around $4 a gallon when we originally had
reservations. They were around $1.70 when we finally went.
Chehaw was originally one of the first state parks in
Georgia, one that was largely built by the
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps.) during the Great
Depression. In more modern times, a zoo was added (designed
Jim Fowler from Wild Kingdom fame), and the park was
deeded to the city of Albany.
The park is filled with tall
pine trees and hardwoods with Spanish moss hanging down
everywhere. The ground in the camping area is thickly
covered by pine needles which keeps the undergrowth to a
minimum. We were one of 3-4 campers in the campground while
we were there, so it was very quiet and wide-open. It was
cold our first night, but we were cozy in the motor home.
It warmed into the fifties on Saturday (much warmer than the
20's reported at home), and we visited the playground and
the zoo, both of which are awesome. The playground is the
largest and coolest we've ever seen (see pictures. Because
of the season, and what was considered a "cold" weekend, we
shared the zoo with only one or two other families. It was
like being Elvis and renting the zoo for the day. Everyone
was extremely friendly an helpful.
The cheetahs in the
pictures to the right are chasing a piece of cloth around their
enclosure, and that was really great to see. they're really
fast, and were completely tame around their trainers, like
pets. On a scale of 1-10, the facilities at Chehaw are
almost a 10 (if not). the only thing that fell short was
the lack of a full hookup in the campground, and some
animals not being on display. There were wind storms a week
earlier that made some of the exhibits inaccessible, and the
cold was responsible for some being off display. Also, they
have a little train that runs around the property, but it
was not running because of the off season.
Albany seems like a nice
town too. There is a
Riverquarium (that's a bit pricey for a family of 6), a
planetarium (that was closed on Sunday, what's up with that?), there
are some great sites, and there are at least two bowling alleys, one of
which the kids opted for on Sunday.
We ate out a couple of times in Albany, one of which is noteworthy. We
ate at Blackbeard's Seafood and Bar-B-Que our first night in Albany.
The kids wanted to go to Red Lobster, but there was a very long wait.
We explored, found Blackbeard's, got seated quickly, and continued to
pig-out. We were amazed at how much all the kids ate (especially John
Micah who kept eating even as we were leaving). We couldn't find a
website to link to, but it's worth searching for. Very yummy!
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The website is awesome. It's
almost a 10, but lacks adequate pictures of the facilities
(especially the awesome playground). The pictures it does
have are great! Beautiful color and layout. Good
Chehaw's campground is studded
with tall pine trees, and the ground is thickly blanketed with pine
needles. It is a beautiful place to camp (see
pictures below). Full hookup sites are
*$28, regular hookup is *$20, and tent sites are *$15. Very
Chehaw encompasses over 700 acres with a wide
variety of walking and biking opportunities. There are
alligators and snakes on the property, so be aware. We
visited in the winter while the cold-blooded creatures were
We didn't fish at Chehaw, but they do
accommodate fishing. Also, nearby
Lake Blackshear is known for great fishing.
This place is wonderful. The boardwalk that
winds through the animal habitats elevates visitors so they
can better see the animals in their natural surroundings.
Beautifully designed and a wide array of animals.
See pictures below
Chehaw Playground Pictures
There are few playgrounds that rate a 10, but
the massive play-resort found at Chehaw is second to none
(that we've found). There is so much to do and explore that
the kids (and some adults) never get bored. Great job
Georgia Veterans State Park, Albany. Plains,
Note: We rate
only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
*Rates based on the official Chehaw website, August 2012.
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