Georgia State Parks are one of the few that do not accept site specific reservations. You can select a "type" of site but not a specific site.
This seems like an outdated policy and can often be a problem. For example, people have arrived at Georgia State Parks on the day of their reservation only to find that their rig will not fit into one of the remaining available spots.
I called to complain and was told that they have no plans of making any changes. Anyone interested in starting a petition in hopes of getting them to change this policy? Their parks are great but their reservation system is not.
I don't like it but they can do it anyway they want to. I do like they have not farmed the reservation system out to RA on the other hand. The current system seems to favor locals and non working campers
Here in SC you can reserve specific sites 11 months in advance, so at some parks the best sites such as lake side are all gone the very day they become available. And there also appears to be a number of "No Shows" so these spots go unused. irratates the heck out of me. There are pros and cons for both methods.
Up until about 2007, GSP used a color system depicting size to a color. It allowed you to reserve the correct size site but not a particular one. I for one liked that system. Year before last, we visited High Falls SP which continued the color system.
The NP system does the same thing. Then they assign you a site when you get there or in some CGs you just go find one. We once stayed at Big Meadows in Shenandoah NP. With our 33' MH they gave us a site in the middle of tent campers that was about 30' long. We got in too late to change it but they let us move to a nice pull thru site the next morning. We had included all of the information on our reservation, why would they put us in such a site? There were other sites available.
I believe Georgia State parks allow you to reserve a site based on size, and classified by a color system. For example, if you need a 30' site and reserve one of those, you can have your pick of any 30' sites available. What's wrong with that? The OP implies that you should have a campsite reserved and when you arrive, there may only be a 16' site available for your 45' motorhome. I don't think that is how it works.
I only wish MORE states would adopt that kind of reservation system. that's the same thing used in Texas and it works GREAT. When you arrive at the campground you can select from available OPEN sites so it combines both "first come first served" and still assures that you will have a place to stay. Absolutely the best of both worlds in my opinion. Far too often someone will reserve every weekend of the season at a given site then show up when they feel like it, effectively blocking anyone else from EVER getting to use a certain site. Sorry folks but that just isn't MY idea of fair.
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