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Lake Pines RV Park, near Columbus, Georgia

Lake Pines RV Park, near Columbus, Georgia

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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I spent a week at Lake Pines RV Park, near Columbus, Georgia. I initially targeted because there was a major fossil discovery, a listed Lagerstätte, in Phenix City, across the river in Alabama. I have since discovered that once the fossils were recovered, they built a housing development on top of it. So Columbus turned into a rest stop on my way north.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0220
Title Lake Pines RV Park, near Columbus, Georgia
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Columbus, Georgia, Lake Pines RV Park
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
Status Published: 2018/3/27
Last Revised 2018-03-22

Columbus, Georgia

Arrived 2018/2/20
Day of Tour 213
Nights Stayed 3
Departed 2018/2/23
Map miles from last stop 312
Mileage on arrival 32,485
Actual miles from last stop 485
Accumulated miles for trip 15,580

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Yesterday I left the dribbling beard of Florida behind and drove to Columbus in eastern Georgia. I came here in the hopes of seeing a fossil site, a listed Lagerstätte, in Phenix City, across the river in Alabama, which gained international prominence for the discovery of Cretaceous dinosaur feathers. Sadly, it seems they took the feathers out and built a housing division of the site. Sigh!

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Lake Pines RV Park

I'm definitely in a different part of the country, and never were two RV parks more different than the Pecan Park RV Resort in Jacksonville and the Lake Pines RV Park here in Columbus.

  • Gone are the palms and the orange groves. Gone are the flat fields and swamps. Gone are the hoards of vacationers and retirees.
    • Here there are hills and red Georgia clay and pecan orchards.
  • Gone is the campground surrounded by that rough zone of struggling businesses trying to make it on the far edges of a city.
    • Here the park is surrounded by pleasant, rolling countryside.
  • Gone are trees no older than the park itself.
    • Here there are tall trees all around.
  • Gone is the campground with a meaningless name. I saw no pecans anywhere near Pecan Park. (I did see acorns from a young live oak.)
    • Here the name of the park is accurate: there actually is a lake surrounded by pines.
  • Gone is the campground with lanes and sites that are ruler-straight and orderly; the sites were concrete, but cracked by the perpetual traffic of heavy rigs.
    • Here the lanes and sites are gravel, winding all around in pleasant curves over gently rolling hills.
  • Gone is the campground that reminded me of an airport parking lot with oversized spaces, an impression reinforced by the constant roar of jets from the nearby international airport.
    • Here the only noise was a frequent poppity-pop from the Fort Benning gun range.
  • Gone is the campground where the rigs are all big and new, parked by well-heeled retirees for the month or the season or permanently.
    • Here the campers are mostly weekenders, with a wide range of RVs and equipment.
  • Gone is the campground that's a corporate investment.
    • Here it’s a family business.

It’s clear which park I prefer. I do not understand how anyone would choose to live in an airport parking lot, But some do.

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Address 6404 Garrett Road
Columbus GA 31820
Home Page http://www.lakepines.net/Welcome.html
Phone (706) 561-9675‬
Associations
Rate (net US$) $25
Pros
  • Relaxed, comfortable campground
Cons
  • Regular noise of the Fort Benning gun range
Reviews (as of 2018/3/8)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 6.9 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA n/r  
Tripadvisor 3.5 5
Phoenix 7 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 7 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiNotes 7 10

Next Stop

After three days in Columbus, I drove to Atlanta, where I planned to see the Fernbank Museum.

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