Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae-Helena, Georgia

Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae-Helena, Georgia

Camping at Little Ocmulgee State Park

February proves to be a perfect time to camp Little Ocmulgee State Park. Made magic by towering trees, veiled in Spanish moss, this Georgia campground welcomes tent and RV campers.

We parked our car-camping gear and set off to explore. What we found was a classic getaway for anglers, golf enthusiasts and families.

Little Ocmulgee photo by Candy Cook
Little Ocmulgee photo by Candy Cook

The Lake

As my sons darted, between the two lakeside playgrounds, I took a walk to investigate the park’s connection with Little Ocmulgee River. A dam creates a 256-acre lake and marsh for fishing, swimming, and canoeing. Springtime anglers will reel in bass, bream and crappie from the scenic dock where I watch the warm sun setting over the lake. I imagine families fill the swimming area and enjoy water fun at the splash pad to escape the summer heat.

Gopher tortoise
Gopher tortoise

The Trail & Wildlife

My favorite part of our winter camp at Little Ocmulgee is the 2.3-mile Oak Ridge Trail that leads us through four ecosystems found in South Georgia. Winter and early spring are a prime time to explore the dramatic transitions between the natural communities of river bottomland, sand hill, oak and bay forests.

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Highlights of this hike are stunning oaks with their shrouds of Spanish moss and a boardwalk leading hikers into a mesmerizing swamp. I could have spent hours watching for wildlife on that boardwalk. Keep your eyes peeled for two protected species that call Little Ocmulgee home: the eastern indigo snake and Georgia’s state reptile, the gopher tortoise.

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The Golf Course

Known for the Wallace Adams Golf Course, Little Ocmulgee is a state park that offers something for everyone. Tranquil camping, hiking and fishing give us the nature connection we need with rounds of golf, fun water play, and lodge restaurant to keep us comfortable.

Published: February 2019
Written by: Candy Cook