Cumming, GA

We are really not sure how long we will be in Red Bay so we build in extra time before our next stop. We were lucky enough to finish up a bit early so we decided to add extra time to our Lake Lanier stay! While in the area we will visit family and catch up on doctors appointments. When in the Atlanta area, we stay at Bald Ridge Creek, a Corps of Engineers park located in Cumming on Lake Lanier. The 82 sites are large and most have beautiful lake views and shady trees. They come with electric and water hookups (no sewer hookups). Additional conveniences in the park include a dump station, laundry facilities, and restrooms/bathouses. Recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, and bike riding. On the lake there are opportunities for wake boarding, kayaking, boating and much more. There’s also a swimming beach and boat ramp available for campers.

Also, any shopping and dining you may want are within about a 20 minute drive.

Baldridge Creek, most likely named after an individual family of Cherokees, is a stream in Forsyth County that empties into Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier (officially Lake Sidney Lanier) was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River. The lake encompasses 38,000 acres or 59 square miles of water, and 692 miles of shoreline at normal level. Named for Confederate Army poet Sidney Lanier, it was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supplies. Its construction destroyed more than 50,000 acres (20,000 ha) of farmland and displaced more than 250 families, 15 businesses, and relocated 20 cemeteries along with their corpses in the process.

We took a ride on the Big Creek Greenway. The Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County is a 12-foot wide concrete and boardwalk path that offers an ideal setting for walking, running and biking. We decided to ride from the Fowler Park to the Union Hill Trailhead, about a 16-mile round trip. Along the way we view large wetlands, wildlife such as blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese. The trail meanders in and out of shade trees, open fields and briefly near city streets.

We hiked the Indian Seats Trail on Shawnee Mountain. We hike the trail before and the overlook offers magnificent views of the north Georgia mountains, the distant rolling ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and on a clear day, Tennessee.

Our next stop is Augusta, GA, a quick overnight on our way to Charleston, SC.

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