White Oak Creek Campground (AL) (June 10 - 14) Army Corp of Engineer Park
Well Gang, We have deterred from the State Parks and moved on to check out the US Army Corps of Engineers parks. They operate more then 2500 recreation areas and over 850 campgrounds throughout 37 states. They are beautiful campgrounds and have spoiled us. Plus they are pretty economical and guess what? They don't even charge sales tax as the Florida and Georgia State Parks do. In fact, while we thought Florida's state tax of 6.5 percent was high and Georgia's 7 percent; we were shocked to find that Alabama's state sales tax was 9 percent! We would surely hate to buy a car in this state.
We landed a lakefront site on beautiful White Oak Creek/Walter F. George Lake which is the Bass Capital of the World. In the high 90's, a lake site was welcomed. Except the water must have been around 85 degrees!!! Humidity high and no breezes made us stay in the motor-home more then we wanted to. Buddy couldn't handle the heat either as his coat of hair diminishes fast. Buddy and Mike did there usual kayak trip along the whole park's shoreline and ended up in the lake swimming. However, during our stay we did manage to ride our bikes through the parks nature trails which were very nice and connected the four loops of campsites along the water. Nearby the campground was a very Historic Town called Eufaula. Its Old Huge Mansions lined boulevard treed streets and were quite beautiful and each one unique. The Shorter Mansion (the picture with the huge pillars) once made home to the Governor of Alabama was featured in the movie, in Sweet Home Alabama. At the Eufaula Visitor Center we traveled the Yoholo Micco - The Creek Indian Trail (part was an Rail-to-Trail) on bikes which took us 6 miles around town and ended up at the Indian Creek Park. Of course then we had to ride back. Probably lost a pound of sweat for sure. We would definitely camp at another Army Corps of Engineer Park. While we were here it was the first time we were able sit out all night star-glazing with no bugs and complete quietness until some teenagers moved in next door on our last night. They were so bad I had to call the ranger at 2 in the morning. Oh well, now Eastward to Georgia for Our Next Adventure. For More Information on Camping with The Army Corp. of Engineers- Go To: www.recreation.gov