HEART OF DIXIE CHAPTER
SEPTEMBER 8 - 28, 2020
Each rally will also be listed separately by date.
6 STOP ROLLING RALLY - Come to one or come to all!
The Heart of Dixie Chapter is venturing out on a 1,600-mile rolling rally, beginning right after Labor Day and running through most of September 2020. We will rally at all the states which comprise our chapter, i.e. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as a stop in North Carolina.
Sites are not reserved for the group and some of the campsites are limited so make your reservations early. Overflow or alternative campgrounds are listed where campsites are limited.
If our group is in multiple locations, we will coordinate activities with everyone! Please note that many places have modified their services due to Covid19 so make sure that the services (including bathhouse) that you may need are available at that location.
While there is yet no rally host at any location, Mary Quaid is serving as a Point of Contact and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225 936-9328. If you reserve a site, please e-mail Mary with the name of the campground, site number, and dates if different from those posted (preferably one e-mail 😊 that contains all locations).
Please tie a red bandanna to your RV while on this and all Heart of Dixie rallies.
Rally 1 of 6
Twiltley Branch COE
9200 Hamrick Rd. North
Collinsville, MS 39325, 601-626-8068
SEPTEMBER 8 - 10, 2020
The first of our six rallies starts on Tuesday, Sept. 8th for two nights at Twiltley Branch COE,
Twiltley Campground is the only full-service campground managed by the Corps of Engineers at Okatibbee Lake, a 11,000-acre multi-purpose recreation area in eastern Mississippi. With four boat ramps and three designated swimming areas, there is plenty of ways to enjoy the lake shore. Extensive beaver flowages, stump beds and old creek channels provide abundant cover where anglers can fish for largemouth and striped bass.
Reservations can be made on-line at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232725, in Collinsville, MS. Mary is booked on site #30 for two nights.
Rally 2 of 6
DeSoto State Park
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
SEPTEMBER 10 - 14, 2020
The second of our six rallies starts on Thursday, Sept. 10th at DeSoto State Park, https://www.alapark.com/parks/desoto-state-park, for a long, 4-day weekend.
Desoto State Park, developed in the late 1930s, is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama and has great hiking and rushing waterfalls.
HOD Treasurer, Martha Scarbrough notes several attractions and points of interest in the Fort Payne area, including the Alabama Fan Club and Museum. There is also glass blowing, Marthas Falls, and Little River Canyon. Further west is the beautiful Lake Guntersville and 90 minutes to the WNW is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, both recommended by Martha.
Reservations can be made at https://guestrez.megasyshms.com/XR6XM/desoto-state-park-campground or calling 800 760-4089. Mary is booked on site 9 for four nights. There are also pull through sites available.
Rally 3 of 6
SEPTEMBER 14 - 17, 2020
Mountain View Campground
4157 Swallows Creek Rd
Hiawassee, GA 30546
The third of our six rallies starts on Monday, Sept 14th for three nights at Mountain View Campground, https://mountainview-camp.com/, nestled in the southern part of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At over 1 billion years of age, the Blue Ridge mountains are among the oldest mountains in the United States and is a part of the vast system of North American mountains known as the Appalachian Mountains. In addition to beautiful scenery and hiking in and around Hiawassee, we can visit Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, High Shoals Falls Trail, Bell Mountain, Blue Hole Falls, and the Hightower Creek Vineyards.
Reservations for Mountain View can be made on-line at https://mountainview-camp.com/reservations/ or calling 706 970-2112. Mary is booked in site 9.
If no sites are available at Mountain View, 2½ miles down U.S. 76 is Riverbend Campground, 2626 Streak Hill Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546, 706 896-1415, https://www.riverbendcamping.com/ , (NOT to be confused with Riverbend RV Park which is the site of Rally #4 in Lake Toxaway, NC).
Rally 4 of 6
SEPTEMBER 17 - 21, 2020
Riverbend RV Resort
476 Blue Ridge Rd
Highway 281 N
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
The fourth of our six rallies begins on Thursday, Sept 17th for four nights at Riverbend RV Park, https://www.riverbendrvresortnc.com/, in Lake Toxaway, NC (NOT to be confused with Riverbend Campground in Hiawassee, GA).
Nearby Cashiers, NC offers great dining and shopping experiences, including its Farmer’s Market, and Canyon Spa, as well as hiking at Upper Bearwallow Falls, Silver Run Falls, and Gorges State Park.
The availability at Riverbend RV Park is very limited and this small park will sell out. For reservations, call Rosemary at 813 716-5218. Mention you are with Heart of Dixie. After calling, you will need to send a check for $45.00 to Riverbend RV Resort, P.O. Box 190, Lake Toxaway NC 28747 as a non-refundable deposit.
The two nearest RV parks are Panther Ridge, https://pantherridgecampground.com/ , and Gorges State Park, https://www.ncparks.gov/gorges-state-park/home , but, as of this posting, both of these locations are limited. Pam Owen with Panther Ridge says she may have some sites and to check back with her at email@example.com. If you are interested and cannot obtain a site at any of these three locations, please e-mail Mary Quaid.
Rally 5 of 6
SEPTEMBER 21 -23, 2020
Hamburg State Park
6071 Hamburg State Park Rd
Mitchell, GA 30820
The fifth of our six rallies starts on Monday, Sept 21st for two nights at Hamburg State Park, https://gastateparks.org/Hamburg, outside of Mitchell, GA.
According to its website, “with modern-day facilities amidst reminders of days gone by, Hamburg State Park offers a wonderful mix of history and outdoor recreation. A campground offers shaded sites along the edge of quiet Hamburg Lake fed by the Little Ogeechee River. Anglers can enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bream, as well as boat ramps and a fishing pier. Wildlife enthusiasts should look for turtles, alligators, raccoons, deer, birds and numerous other animals that live within the park. The restored 1921 water-powered gristmill is still operational and used to grind corn during events. The park’s museum is also open during events, displaying old agricultural tools and implements used in rural Georgia.”
Reservations can be made at https://gastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campsiteFilterAction.do?sitefilter=ALL&startIdx=0&contractCode=GA&parkId=530165 or calling Reservations 800-864-7275. Mary is in site 21.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
Sherling Lake Park & Campground
4397 Braggs Road
Greenville, AL 36037
Wednesday, Sept. 23 is a travel day with a quick overnight at Sherling Lake Park & Campground, https://www.greenvilleal.gov/310/Sherling-Lake-Park-Campground,
Sherling Lake Park & Campground is halfway between Hamburg State Park and Tickfaw State Park (our sixth and final rally stop). It is owned by the Greenville Municipality and reservations can be made by calling 334 382-3638. Carolyn Patin is booked on site 1.
Rally 6 of 6
SEPTEMBER 24 - 28
Tickfaw State Park
27225 Patterson Rd
Springfield, LA 70462
The sixth of our six rallies starts on Thursday, Sept. 24th for 4 nights at Tickfaw State Park https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/tickfaw-state-park/index in Springfield, LA.
This park offers a unique opportunity to see four ecosystems (cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest, and the Tickfaw River) on over a mile of boardwalks through the park. In addition to boardwalk trails, there is also a canoe trail. Nearby Ponchatoula offers a glimpse into historic and small town living in Louisiana. A 45-minute drive to the famous Middendorf’s Restaurant on Bayou Manchac is a must!
Reservations can be made here: https://louisianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/ . Carolyn Patin is in site 29. Mary Quaid is in site 25.