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Local attractions and amenities while staying at our Shady Grove RV Park

Waycross is the largest city, in the largest County, in the largest State, east of the Mississippi, so you’ll know there’s a lot to see and do here.

For your convenience:

  • Firstly, the nearest Gas Station is a Circle K, 1 mile on Jamestown Road
  • Secondly, the Nearest Pizza is a Hunt Brothers, 1.3 miles on Alma Hwy.
  • Thirdly our Nearest Store is a Dollar General, 2.1 miles on State Street
  • Fourthly, the nearest Cafe is a Huneybuns Cafe, 3 miles on State Street
  • Not forgetting the Hospital is Memorial Satilla Health, 5.3 miles on Tebeau Street
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market is 5.4 miles on Plant Avenue
  • Kroger Grocery store is 6.2 miles on Memorial Drive
  • Last but not least, Downtown Waycross with various stores is 4.8 miles
local attractions and amenities
local attractions and Amenities

Local attractions and amenities for kids

Clearly, there are a lot of attractions, only miles from Shady Grove RV Park, so much to see and do if you want to while you’re here.

Cravey Acres

DISTANCE 1 MILE
TIME 4 MIN
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Horses, goats, and alpacas – oh my! Cravey Acres is a family-owned farm and petting zoo that offers families the chance to get up close with an array of animals and to learn about their care on a farm. Horses, pigs, ducks, goats, chickens, rabbits, and alpacas, among others, roam the property and are ready to be petted.

Ashley and John Cravey opened the farm in 2019 after moving back to Southeast Georgia and purchasing a piece of property perfect for a petting farm. In addition, the couple is continually adding animals to the mix, including the recent addition of mini cows.

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In addition, see how alpacas are sheared to harvest their wool. Feed goats, pigs, ducks, and other farm animals. Meet farm favorite Tom Brady the Turkey, or learn about how animals are cared for on the farm.

Along with pony rides, available for young children and riding novices. Trail rides are also an option for the more experienced horseback riders. The farm also hosts field trips.

Finally, get face to face with animals of all kinds and enjoy a fun day on the farm at Cravey Acres.

Fat Daddy's ATV Park

DISTANCE 6.1 MILE
TIME 10 MINS
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Definitely get ready to get dirty at Fat Daddy’s ATV Park, just outside of Waycross. The 500-acre privately owned park on the beautiful Satilla River is a paradise for ATV and UTV enthusiasts. A quick trip of eight miles heading north out of Waycross transports you from the city to a wild world of sand and mud trails that is fun for the whole family.

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In addition, the park includes primitive campsites and a few RV sites with water and electric hookups. A shower and bathroom facility is also on the property so you can wash off the mud and sand after an exhilarating day on the trails.

It should be noted that Fat Daddy’s is open on the weekends from Friday at 9 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. So load up your ATV or UTV and get ready for some fun at Fat Daddy’s ATV Park in Waycross.

The Satilla River Water Trail

DISTANCE 1.7 MILE
TIME 2 MINS
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Undoubtedly the Satilla River Water Trail is a major component of a statewide network of water trails designed to promote recreation and outdoor activities for paddlers and river enthusiasts.

Importantly, what is a water trail exactly? Well, it’s:

  • Water equivalent of a hiking trail
  • Blueways, canoe trails, and paddle trails are all water trails
  • It has access points along the river, like trailheads, for putting boats on the water or taking them off
  • Especially suitable for day trips in canoes and kayaks
  • Water trails can be various lengths and are used by paddlers, anglers, hikers, and picnickers of all ages and ability
  • Last but not least, paddling is an easy outdoor activity for all the family.
The Trembling Earth Recreation Complex

DISTANCE 7.3 MILE
TIME 14 MINS
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Without doubt with Waycross’ rich athletic history comes together at this massive, 123-acre facility. Three complexes within easy walking distance of each other, and surrounded by plenty of parking, combine to create the sports headquarters of Waycross.

HISTORY

It should be noted that the baseball legend “Shoeless” Joe Jackson once played for the minor league Waycross Coastliners in 1925, but he would be stunned by what he would see today at the Trembling Earth Complex. Importantly there are 12 tournament-quality fields available for baseball, softball, football, and soccer.

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This youth sports paradise is definitely the perfect place to host large tournaments, practice, or play on the playgrounds.

In addition to this, the Ware County Parks and Recreation Department operates the complex.

Local attractions and amenities for the family

Along with the kids having fun, there are still a number of things to do for all the family. Furthermore, there are things for an hour or two or the day.

General Coffee State Park

DISTANCE 32.9 MILE
TIME 38 MINS
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Undoubtedly one of southern Georgia’s “best kept secrets,” this park is known for agricultural history shown at Heritage Farm, with log cabins, a corn crib, tobacco barn, cane mill, and other exhibits. Children enjoy seeing the park’s farm animals, which usually include goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, and donkeys.

Seventeen-Mile River and a boardwalk wind through cypress swamp where rare and endangered plants grow. Pitcher plants, shy indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises make their homes in this wiregrass community. Birding and nature photography are exceptional.

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Additionally for horse lovers, the park offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails. Ride-in campsites are primitive, offering exceptional privacy surrounded by nature. Drive-in campsites offer nearby water spigots, pit toilets, grills, fire rings, and picnic tables. Stables are not provided.

Apart from this, the park was donated to the state by a group of Coffee County citizens in 1970 and is named after General John Coffee, a planter, U.S. Congressman, and military leader.

Laura S. Walker State Park

DISTANCE 15.3 MILE
TIME 23 MINS
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Situated on the northern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, the park features 626 acres, a 120-acre lake, all manner of camping, and cottages so you can stay, play, and visit the mysterious land of trembling earth in the swamp.

In addition to this, there are alligators, yellow-shafted flickers, warblers, owls, and blue herons that are regular sights at the park, but keep your eyes peeled as you walk along the lake or nature trails for the shy gopher tortoise or the elusive and federally protected Eastern indigo snake.

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Fishing, swimming, and boating are all great ways to enjoy the lake. Kayaks and bikes are also available for rent. As well as that, there’s a playground, dog park, and swimming beach, as well as picnic shelters and a gazebo, making the park a perfect location for a family camping trip. And don’t forget to get a round of golf in during your stay at The Lakes 18-hole golf course.

FIRST EVER

It should be noted that the Laura S. Walker State Park is the first state park in Georgia to be named after a woman. Walker was a well-known naturalist, writer, teacher, and civic leader who worked tirelessly on conservation efforts in and around the swamp.

The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker

DISTANCE 15.5 MILE
TIME 24 MINS
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The earth doesn’t tremble at The Lakes – an 18-hole golf course at Laura S. Walker State Park – it gently rolls with beautifully manicured fairways and undulating greens. Lined with native plants and designed by Steve Burns in 1995, it was voted Best Municipal Golf Course in Georgia by Golf Digest in 2009. Two years later it was voted the Best New Site of the Year in the U.S. by the Hook a Kid on Golf program.

NATURAL WONDER

Without a doubt, burns made sure to make the most of the natural wonder of the Okefenokee Swamp by incorporating local sand into the sand traps and waste areas and by designing holes around the three beautiful lakes on the course. The lakes and the proximity to the swamp also make it a great place to see wildlife such as wading birds and alligators. Don’t be surprised to see a gator saunter across the fairway.

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Experience golf the natural way at The Lakes, where there are no nearby houses or roads to distract golfers. Furthermore, play around and hear only the whisper of the wind in the pines.

In addition, at 6,595 yards in length and with a course rating of 71.9, The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park regulars say it plays like a championship course but walks like a par 3.

SHOP

Furthermore, the Lakes features a full-service golf shop, 40-tee driving range, and snack bar. Group or individual lessons are available by appointment.

Okefenokee Heritage Center

DISTANCE 3.6 MILE
TIME 6 MINS
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Undoubtedly, the culture and history of Waycross and the surrounding areas are celebrated at the Okefenokee Heritage Center. The regional art and history museum sits among 20 acres of beautiful pine woodlands in Waycross where it has educated and entertained locals and visitors for more than 30 years with its exhibits and community events.

EXHIBITS

Subsequently the center’s ‘Ol Nine Locomotive draws some of the biggest crowds. The 1912 Baldwin steam locomotive weighs 100 tons and has been impeccably restored to illustrate the railroad’s significant impact on Waycross’ development. The exhibit includes three other rail cars, making it 365 feet of rolling history.

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In contrast, rock music fans won’t want to miss a special exhibit chronicling the life of local product Gram Parsons, creator of what he called “cosmic American music,” who quietly was one of the most influential people in rock and roll history. Parsons’ influence can be heard in bands like The Rolling Stones and The Eagles.

YEARLY EVENTS

In addition, the Okefenokee Heritage Center events include an annual color run 5K, held in April, art competitions, quilting and photography guilds, summer camps, and the Local Fare Market. The center offers several levels of membership and classes are available as well.

Okefenokee Swamp Park

DISTANCE 18.1 MILE
TIME 27 MINS
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The locally owned and operated Okefenokee Swamp Park is at the northern tip of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and acts as a gateway for thousands of visitors every year into the swamp itself.

Without a doubt, the wondrous world of the Okefenokee is a significant part of America’s heritage, a beautifully preserved segment of what was here when America began. The swamp is the headwaters for both the Suwanee and St. Marys rivers and was recently added to the National Wilderness System.

NATURAL WONDERS

The park is a convenient point of entry to the refuge and is a magnificent showcase for the natural wonderland. The park’s lily-lined water trails reflect the overhanging beauty of the unique local flora and lead to all points in the vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forests, and prairies in the land of the trembling earth.

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As well as that the Okefenokee Swamp Park is a rare and exciting experience for every member of the family. Extravagantly beautiful, the swamp, which covers nearly a half-million acres, carries you back into the Earth’s primordial beginnings. Interpretive exhibits, lectures, wildlife shows, boat tours on original Native American waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island, and native animals in their natural habitat, all combine for the complete Okefenokee experience. See firsthand how nature’s balance assures the perpetuation of the flora and fauna, and even the swamp itself.

PERFECTION

Obviously, the pristine beauty of the park and swamp make the Okefenokee a photographer’s dream.

Southern Forest World

DISTANCE 3.7 MILE
TIME 6 MINS
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Unlike anywhere else the history of forestry is on display at Southern Forest World, a museum dedicated to telling the past and present story of forestry in Southeast Georgia. It’s easy to take the forest around you for granted. After a visit to Southern Forest World, you’ll never look at a tree the same way again.

EXHIBITS

In addition, exhibits include a 38-foot fiberglass loblolly pine with a spiral staircase, a 7-foot-tall scale model of the Saturn rocket that incorporated pine products to take the man to the moon, and multiple exhibits that educate visitors on the various forestry-related industries.

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Without a doubt, you won’t want to miss Stuckie, the mummified dog who rests in a hollowed log and was once displayed at Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

In addition to all of this, for a rare interaction with nature, as many as 17 people can gather inside a massive cypress tree outside the museum and see what trees look like from the inside out.

St. Simons Island

DISTANCE 74.6 MILE
TIME 93 MINS
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St. Simons Island is dotted with exceptional historic sites and attractions, from the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum – a working lighthouse built-in 1872 – to the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where, in July 1742, British and Scottish soldiers protecting colonial Georgia defeated a larger Spanish force in a battle that helped end Spanish incursions outside Florida.

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It should be noted that on the island’s north end, Cannon’s Point Preserve is not to be missed. This visitor favorite contains middens dating back to 2500 BCE. Fort Frederica National Monument, which preserves archeological remnants of the local British colony and its defense against Spain, and historic Christ Church, Frederica – one of the oldest churches in Georgia, with worship held continuously since 1736 – are also located on the island’s north end. Without a doubt, history buff or not, you won’t want to miss Christ Church’s picturesque and somewhat haunting grounds.

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RV Park in Waycross GA
“Our family loves the "No  Frills" this RV Park offers or doesn't lol. Who needs a clubhouse or small store on the site with crazy prices, especially when there's a gas station and a dollar store just a few minutes away. Trust me when I say, we'll be back.”

D HARRISON

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“The price is right, the location great, plus very helpful and friendly staff.
Being It's so simple means that we can just please ourselves. I loved the chance of seeing some young deer, not everyone's cup of tea but it's mine.”

S FULLER

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“Could have gone for a more commercial-based RV Park, but I'm glad I didn't. It was quiet and central to all I wanted, so I'm planning on coming back soon, thanks for a great stay and especially the local advice of what to see and do during our stay.”

M Casey