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Central Georgia Camping

  • Lake Jackson
  • Lake Juliette

Retreat to the peace and tranquility of Lake Juliette. Family Camping
Dames Ferry day use area is nestled against the 3,600-acre Lake Juliette (Rum Creek). A two-lane boat ramp provides easy access for boaters to launch their boats into the lake. Restrooms and picnic tables are available. The day-use park is open year-round. Bring the family or spend time with friends. Swim in the lake or visit one of the many shops and restaurants in the area.

Seasonal duck hunting is permitted. You may contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources online or call 1-800-366-2661 for the latest information on hunting seasons and regulations, or to obtain a hunting license.

Dames Ferry campground is closed permanently.

Local Points of Interest

Visitors may enjoy the following local attractions:

Whistle Stop Café — Visit the site where the Oscar-nominated movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed. Stop by for lunch and try the fried green tomatoes. Whistle Stop Café is located in Juliette, Ga., about four miles away from Dames Ferry.

Ocmulgee National Monument (Macon, Ga.) — Native American Indian mounds are remains of an ancient civilization that first came here during the last Ice Age. The mounds preserve traces of over 10 millennia of Southeastern Native American culture. They were built more than 1,000 years ago and include a Great Temple on the site.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site (Juliette, Ga.) — This historic cotton plantation was built in 1847. It is one of the best-preserved examples of a middle class Southern plantation. It was owned by a single family — the Jarrell's — for more than 140 years. The plantation survived General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in 1864. On July 4, come out for the Ol' Time Independence Day celebration.

In the fall, you can visit for old-fashioned Syrup Makin’ day. During the Christmas holidays, you can warm up by the fireplace for music and stories and enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on a wood-burning stove and served with old-style cookies. For information, call 478-986-5172; open Thursday-Saturday only. Facilities also include a museum, plantation buildings, gift shop, picnic area and bus parking.

Dauset Trails Nature Center (Jackson, Ga.) — Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, a one-of-a-kind animal nature trail and other outdoor recreation. Learn more about early farm life through close and intimate contact with Georgia’s preserved flora and fauna. For information, call 770-775-6798. Seasonal: Open Monday-Friday, 9-5; Saturday 9-7; Sunday 12-7.

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