Overview
Georgia Veterans State Park is located in an almost tropical South Central Georgia near Cordele. It's campground, lodge, and cottages are located on the banks of Lake Blackshear, one of the best fishing lakes in the Southeastern US. The campground is perfect for fishing because you can anchor right off shore or tie-up to the dock. There is also a marina on the property.

The campground is very nice with spacious pull- through sites parallel to the lake, very rare! At most campgrounds, waterfront sites are typically back-in and very narrow. There is no lack of real estate here, so the sites are nice and wide. Each gravel site is relatively level and features a fire ring/grill combo.

Georgia Veterans State Park is the home to a veterans museum. Inside the museum are many examples of uniforms and small arms from various countries, both ally and enemy. Outside is an interesting collection of heavy armament such as tanks and cannons.

Georgia Veterans State Park is also a key stop for the Sam's Short Line train. You can hop on here and ride to Plains, Georgia, home of former president Jimmy Carter.


Adventure Journal
Entry Date: February, 2010
This adventure turned out to be just that, an adventure. The expected became the unexpected, and the unexpected became the expected... rather unexpectedly.

Ok, so the plan was to head south with some friends in February. South to a warmer climate. What better time to visit the hot sweaty south Georgia than in the Winter. As the departure day neared, the forecast became very unusual for the region. Snow! Snow in Cordele, Georgia! This was a rare event indeed. We bought some tubes and took off work early to get ahead of the weather. We were stoked! Snow in South Georgia!

It snowed hard on us most of the way to Cordele, but the roads were pretty warm and stayed clear right up until we arrived at Georgia Veterans State Park. We found our site and began setting-up. Flakes were the size of golf balls, and splatted when they hit the ground. It was a wet snow, and it was stacking-up fast.

By the time I'd finished hooking us up it was snowing very hard, it was really cold, and the sun was gone. I had the unpopular task of sending the kids inside, assuring them that the snow would be piled-up good in the morning ready for play. Tubing, snowmen, and snowball fights would fill our day. They were excited, I was optimistic. I was sadly mistaken.

When we got up Saturday morning, all the snow was gone. The white precipitation had turned to rain sometime during the night and washed the snow away. It was cold outside as well as inside. Daddy was not the most popular resident at the campsite, at least for a while. All was soon forgiven though, it was, after all, my Birthday.

We spent the remainder of time at the park fishing and exploring the museum. It was a very cold weekend, so we kept a fire roaring all the time. We celebrated valentines day and Lee Thomas' Birthday while on this trip as well.

On President's day, we hopped on the Sam's Shortline Train to Plains, home of former President Jimmy Carter. There was an actor on the train impersonating Teddy Roosevelt. He spoke at an auditorium in Plains, and was entertaining although he probably should have rehearsed a little more. We had previously visited the childhood home of President Carter, so this was more about the train ride than anything. One thing of note regarding Plains, there is no ATM. Yes, that's right, as of the time of our last visit, Plains has no ATM, anywhere, not even the bank. Be prepared.

In Summary, this is an awesome park. Without a doubt, this is an awesome destination in warmer weather. Fishing and water sports are what this place is made for. Its' good this time of year normally. We just happened upon an unusual weather event. On the bright side, we didn't see a single gator.
                         
The Richardson Tribe

Disclaimer
After publishing this page, I noticed the rather obvious display of a Nazi flag in the lower right picture. Trust me. This museum has many flags from many countries, both ally and enemy.

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Special Event:
Watermelon Express Train Ride - Nov 8 - Nov 15 - Dec 13
Ride from Georgia Veterans State Park to Historic Plains, Georgia.
10:05 a.m.    Depart Ga. Veterans State Park
11:35 a.m.    Arrive Plains (layover 1 hour, 10 minutes)
12:45 p.m.    Depart Plains
 2:10 p.m.    Arrive Ga. Veterans State Park

Features

Rating (1-10) Description
Official website 9 Georgia's State Parks website is very well done. Could use more pictures of campsites and amenities. Making reservations is a breeze!
Campground - Reserve

9

77 sites - $28 RV, $25 Tent per night) 50 foot campsites hold the following equipment: 1 tent, 2 tents, a pop-up trailer, a trailer up to 50', or a motorhome up to 50'. Each site has water, electrical service, picnic table, grill, fire ring, and cable hookup.
Cottages/Cabins - Reserve *

10 Cottages Call Lake Blackshear (800) 459-1230

Lodge - Reserve

*

14 lodge rooms Call Lake Blackshear (800) 459-1230
Playground

7

The playground at the campground was not impressive. The kids enjoyed it just the same. We were never bored at Georgia Veterans State Park.
Hiking * I'm sure there is some hiking, but we ewre plenty busy fishing..
Visitor Center/Museum

9

It's a nice visitor center. The attached museum is awesome with lots of relics from various wars and countries.
Geocaching

*

Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
Rockhounding

*

We didn't really have much of a chance, but didn't really see anything standing out either. If we go back in warm weather, we'll do a little research.
Local Attractions

9

Cordele, Albany, The Parks at Chehaw, Plains, Sams Short Line Train, Andersonville, etc.
*Note: We rate only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
**Accommodation pricing is based on 2010 http://gastateparks.org website pricing.

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