Toto Creek Park lies (lays?) in the wilderness of Lake Lanier that lays (lies?) a few miles from the bustle of the popular outlet malls in Dawsonville.
Toto Creek has a boat ramp that will get you into Lake Lanier quickly, but not as fast as a store clerk can say, “Your card has been declined,” after a day of furious shopping.
Depending on your definition of “primitive,” you will also find nine primitive campsites. Click here for season dates.
Camping once meant hiking into the woods and fighting lions and tigers and bears for a place to survive overnight.
Everyone carried whatever they needed to endure the wilds. If you forgot something, you made a replacement out of tree bark or possum claws; or, you <gasp> went without it. These days, primitive camping means poor Internet service inside a $350,000 recreational behemoth.
If Daniel Boone wanted primitive camping, he’d mosey on over to Toto Creek for a spell. Be like Daniel Boone. Camp at Toto Creek Park, where you are free to sleep outdoors in a tent, tarp or hammock. Or on a pile of rocks, if you’re tough enough.
Each campsite offers an impact pad with a picnic table, fire pit and lantern hangar. A communal water hydrant is located near site #1. The restroom is located near the park entrance.
There was a time when you could just pull up and claim a campsite. Today, all campground sites are available by advance reservation only.
- Alcohol is prohibited.
- Arrive early, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Check-in is 3:00 p.m. Check out is by 1:00 p.m.
- Fireworks prohibited.
- Campground is reservation only – no walk-ins.
Yes, Toto Creek Park is a little bit primitive. No electricity. No water at the campsites. That makes Toto Creek about as primitive as most homes were a few generations ago. Folks back then survived just fine. So will you.
Put on a raccoon hat, slap on a pair of boots, cut some firewood, pour some water in a jug, pop your sleeping bag in your car, and rough it for a night or two at Toto Creek Park.
If crickets and tree frogs terrify you, the outlet shops are minutes away.
Toto Creek Park Address & Directions
Address: 154 Toto Creek Park Road; Dawsonville, GA 30506
Directions: Go east from GA Highway 400 onto Harmony Church Rd. Continue straight onto Price Road for about a mile. Turn right onto Toto Creek Park Road. (If you go too fast down the hill, you will miss the turn.) You’re there! And your little dog too.