Dobbins Lakeside Campground

 
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Dobbins Lakeside Campground

Location

Installation
Dobbins AFB, Marietta, GA
GPS Coordinates
33.92184, -84.52132
Location Information
Dobbins AFB, Marietta, GA
RV Gate Coordinates
33.92906, -84.54005

Directions

Directions
I-75 south of Marietta, exit to GA-280, west 1/2 mile to Dobbins Air Reserve Base. ---- Big rigs must use Gate 2 located on back side of Air Base. From Gate 2 to Famcamp area, it is only 1.6 miles to the Famcamp. When you enter Gate 2 follow sign to Base Exchange. Keep left on Atlantic Ave., you will drive through the aircraft crossing. You will soon see the Exchange on your left and also you will see some RV's parked on your right. Turn on your first right which is Lake Circle, and immediately turn right again. The only sign on this turn is one that said "playground". If you are towing a car this will be the best place to unhook. In front of you are two buildings, 538 on the right and 537 on your left. Now you will see the first and only sign that says "Famcamp". ---- DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH MAIN GATE. If Gate 2 is closed or it is a weekend call security police at 678-655-4909.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(678) 655-4870
Mailing Address
Recreational Services, 94 SPTG/MWR, 1335 Dozer Circle, Bldg 558, Dobbins ARB, GA 30069-4510

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Not accepted.
Pet Information
Pets allowed, with usual leash and cleanup rules.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Hardstand
18
W/30A
$14
$?
$?

Other Information

Weather Information

Quiet little campground.

Map

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21 Feb-4 March 2017

I was TDY to Dobbins for two weeks. Although I didn't go there as an "RVer" I love to RV and like to scope out the FamCamps on different bases for future use. This one has huge potential! Lots of tress and shade next to a beautiful lake across from the BX. I walked thru it almost everyday and a couple of time at night and each time it seemed deserted. No one outside camping, just RV's. All the sites where taken, yet I felt alone. At night it's a little scary. That place gets dark, even with the RV's, there's no noise at all. I didn't know what to make of it.

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Nov 22-27, 2016

Was stationed on the base while on active duty in the Navy for several years and came back to visit family in the area over the Thanksgiving week. I called several times to speak with the manager(Terry) about an opening because they were full and wont take reservations. After calling back on Monday as instructed he said he would have one spot the next day but it was first come first serve. So I drove all day from JRB Nola campground to get there before the office closed only to find out, he was not there that day and the young lady in the office had no idea if they even had room because she hadn't been over there yet today, it was 1500. She said go look and see if there is room, I went over and the people had never left so there was only one spot that was conned off saying reserved, I inquired about this spot and was told they were coming back. I insisted on a place to stay for the night even if it was the parking lot and she called the manager and he said to give me the spot for the night and check back in the next day, which I did and turns out the people never paid so I got the spot for a week. Now to the BAD part! the camp ground seemed abandon very few people moving about, I thought maybe because it was Thanksgiving week I did see one guy and said he had been living there for 3 years, when I seemed surprised he said thats nothing, see that 5th Wheel, they have been here 15 years! He said with the exception of me and 1 other everyone had been there over a year. There are sites marked 14 day only yet this policy is not enforced. The Mens bathroom only had 2 working showers out of 4. One of which had a shower head chest high 5'. Positive note was free laundry, one washer and dryer. The RV sites are not level, you will need lots of blocking to make it work. I left the campground early and went to the world famous Navy late site at lake Altoona, same price, but worth the drive to and from Acworth GA. I am sure the problem is funding but the Airforce really needs to do something about policy and clean up the campground and update the electrical service to 50 amp. 

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May 27, 2016

We drove our car to Dobbins AFB and decided to checkout the famcamp.  As I read the reviews about the famcamp, I can't help but wonder what kind of camping facilities these people consider nice. The only one I agreed with was the 2015 review.  With a little sprucing up, the campground could definitely be a place you'd want to return.  Most of the RVs, if not all, had been there long term.  One of them had plastic bins stacked as high as possible and on the ground half covered with a tarp.  If the base is going to let people live long term (which shouldn't be allowed), there should be rules established to keep the famcamp looking good.  RVs should be washed on a regular basis and residents should get a storage unit rather than stacking their belongings around the RV.  We stopped at an RV Park in California in 2014 that had both long and short termers.  All the long termers were around the outside perimeter and everything around the RV was well maintained, other than being told the outside perimeter was for long term, you would never have guessed.

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1.3
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3.0
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1.0
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1.0
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1.0

October 13, 2015

Stopped by to check it out in hopes of finding a campsite. Called beforehand and was told there were 3 available. In reality there was one which would have required us to put our 5th wheel on stilts on the front. One word for this campground and that is pitiful. What's sad is it wouldn't take much to make it a nice place to stay. Start by removing the long term homesteaders that have been there for year apparently. It's not a housing project but a Fam"camp". Secondly is to clean up the grounds and remove the dead trees. Not much really and considering the proximity to Atlanta, it could be a nice place to stay.

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0

5 Nov & 26 November 2014

I stopped at this location in Marietta Ga on both ends of a trip from Ohio to Key West. It was a nice, quiet SMALL RV campground. There are only a couple spaces for larger RVs. I checked in once and got there late at night the other stop. The staff was great at check in and it was easy to pay when arriving late. There is a small BX but no commissary VERY close to the campground. The price is now $14 per night for electric and water and a dump station. It is close to lots of shopping and good places to eat. The shower house was fine and had good pressure and hot water for showering. There is also a small bar with food on some nights at the campground. Overall, as a short stop for passing through this is an excellent option. I would stay again.

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

30 May 2014

As we were embarking to PCS to Fort Campbell, this was the halfway point for us. You arrive at gate 2 on Saturday, called the Air Force SPs who promptly unlocked the gate for us to come through. We didn't have to wait but about 3 minutes before he arrived, and instructed us how to get to the FAMCAMP. Once you get there you will have to go to Bldg 558 which was down the road from the RV park in order to pay for the space. We drove through first to get a feel for the park, first it's small and quaint, I was a little worried about pulling our 31foot Travel trailer with our F150 it was tight but we pulled it just fine. After making the circle we headed to find bldg 558. The gentleman was extremely nice, and quick. We paid the $12.00 and headed to our spot, backed in and hooked up. The park is heavily shaded and across from the BX which was nice, as they had a subway, barber shop within walking distance. The lake was brown because I'm assuming the heavy rains that had been going on. The proximity to family we had in Marietta was amazing and we will definitely use this again when visiting Atlanta. The next day I used the showers and they were extremely clean, and the amenities were nice. I was surprised and expected less because of the reviews but for me this was nice.

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3.7
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3.0
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4.0

May 9, 2014

Arrived today for a 4 day stay. The hardest thing was finding Gate 2. The correct GPS coordinates For gate 2 are 33.92906N, 84.54005W. Than there are no sign for the Famcamp till you get to it. For Famcamp the GPS coordinates are 33.92184N, 84.52132W. NO 50 Amps, no wifi, no cable but many local channels, too many trees for satellite.

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(Updated: January 18, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
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4.0
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3.0
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2.0
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4.0
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3.0

Dec 2012

Stopped in Dobbins for a few days on my way south for the season, easy to find and easier to get into- kudos! No host but the office is an easy walk and the guys are knowledgeable of the local area, accommodating and very easy to work with. No commissary but the BX is a short walk across the street and will fix you up with vittles on short notice. Yeah I'll do Dobbins again.

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(Updated: September 22, 2012)
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1.6
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5.0
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1.0
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1.0
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1.0

September 21, 2012

We arrived today after a long drive and hoped we would find a spot that would work for our 30 ft travel trailer. We knew we might have trouble based on the no reservation system. Directions through gate 2 were good and the guard sent us directly to the famcamp. The sign said to find a spot, set up camp and then go to the recreation office to pay for our stay. We drove through the campground and were so thankful we found one good spot. So we parked our rig, set it up - fighting with the misquitos - and then proceded to the office to pay for our stay. The young man behind the desk was pleasant and started taking our information and payment when a woman came from a back office and asked which spot we were in. When we told her, she said, "Oh, I am sorry but that spot is taken!" We couldn't believe it! This was supposed to be a first come, first served campground. It seems someone had already paid for that particular spot. She told us there were cones in that spot... and there were not. She also said the neighbors would have told us it was taken - in fact they told us it was open. In our opinion, this woman allowed someone to "reserve" a spot. We were so upset with this treatment that we packed up and left - although - we believe we had the right to stay. I intend to file a complaint with the Dobbins ARB services office concerning this incident.

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4.5
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4.0
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4.0

26 July 2012

D.B. left this review using the Directory software: - We arrived at 2000 hours ... missed the gate. When we got turned around and attempted to enter we learned that we had to use gate 2 which was closed for the evening. The Base Security team worked with us (thank you all) and we were able to snake the coach in the out gate side. We were told there was no site available but we could RON at the ball field parking lot which was next to the FamCamp. When we pulled up we were greeted by the camp host and she told us they had one site available and it was big rig friendly. We did not open our slide or connect to the water ... just 30 AMP electric. Showers were clean and the price of $12.00 for the evening was great! I recommend getting there and set up before dark ... much easier!! We hope to be back in the future.

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(Updated: April 16, 2011)
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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

April 14, 2011

We like it. It is small and only a few sites will work for large rigs. Our daughter lives close by so we will be back.

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(Updated: April 04, 2011)
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3.3
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3.0

Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2011

Location was great. Most sites are not conducive to larger campers with slideouts. Shower facility clean; however, Luke warm water only available in the showers. When reported to the front office they said they would have someone chichi into it. Four days later no change. I wonder if the dorms and gym are the same.

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3.0

22 Jul - 1 Aug 2010

Only 4 sites are suitable for large RV's. When we arrived there were 5 empty sites available. We were able to get a site across from the dump station which helped since there is no sewer hookups available. The shower/laundry facility needs upgrading. There is one washer and dryer located in womans and mens bathrooms.

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In 2005

I have stayed at Dobbins Lakeside Campground on two separate occasions. Other review comments accurately reflect my observations and impressions. I had a 1-ton crew-cab ford pickup and 36 foot fifth wheel trailer at the time. Many of the camp sites were unsuitable for my rig even if they had been available for occupancy. The road through the campsites is a narrow one-way winding single lane with one steep hill at mid-loop. All RV sites are back-in, with some conveniently angled, and many not, being approximately perpendicular to the road. Close on either side of the roadway are pine trees, dirt banks, etc. I had great difficulty trying to maneuver into some of the spots, needing to drive the front truck tires off of the roadway into the "wildlands." In some sites the close proximity of pine trees severely hampered my ability to maneuver to swing the trailer's rear overhang into a parking pad. Most sites have very small relatively level concrete pads, but the access drives onto the pads requires either backing up or descending down a steep slope to park on the pad. Backing downhill, the rear overhang of a long RV would contact the pad due to the abrupt angle difference . . . or backing up-hill, the front trailer jack would be down-slope from the pad. I deemed these sites totally unusable for my rig. On one occasion MWR management allowed me to park and dry camp for several days in the parking lot next to the tennis courts, near the campground entrance while waiting for a satisfactory site to become available. I walked through the entire campground with the MWR manager trying to point all of the problem areas and deficiencies that I had noted. There has probably been no improvement since then. It sounded like it would be a back burner priority for any attention and funds. Basically, it is an old campground designed for short light weight RVs that needs serious updating to modern RV size and weight standards.

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2.7
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0

Apr 3-6, 2008

Like my previous review, not much has changed, except that now they're even allowing homesteading in the "14-day-stay" sites. Outdoor Rec states that "command" would rather have people paying all the time than meet the needs of campers for the two months a year they pass through (in spring and fall). Perhaps if more people could count on a spot (either by reservations or at least having rotating spots) more would stop. I plan to write a letter to the command.

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2.6
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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2.0

January 2008

We TRIED to stay here but the campground is so small and the homesteaders who can stay up to 6 MONTHS made it impossible. With almost no turn over this place should be re-named a trailer park. For the thousands of people who want to go camping in the area you either have to go commercial or Corps of Engineers or go up to Lake Allatoona. The people in the office were nice enough but then, they should be, there is very little for them to do if they don't have to bother with registrations. It is obvious that they are not serious about having a FamCamp on base so save the time and pass this one up.

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3.3
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May 3-6, 2007

We figured this campground would be totally deplorable before our arrival but we needed a base-camp for "doing" Atlanta. We were somewhat surprised when we found our camp site (#17). Knowing ahead of time that there was no sewer, we came in with an empty tank and was okay for our four days by being careful. The park is something like a state park; 30 amp, no sewer, sites cut into hills, very forested and a nearby lake. We got our 40 footer backed in on the concrete slab and with a 2/6 under each front wheel, we were level. The slab is only the width of the motorhome so one does have to step off onto dirt. There are very nice aluminum picnic tables and a bar-b-que grill. The bathrooms each have three showers and were very clean; washer and dryer in each and one sink each. The interior roads, although narrow and winding, are all paved and a great place for walking. Very quiet campground other than the occasional sounds of freedom. There is a lounge area that serves "lounge items" while sitting on an open deck overlooking the lake.The campground is more adult orientated. The one real downer was the guy that checked us in. He was the south end of a north bound horse! Still $12 a night with no weekly rate. It looks like about 4 or 5 sites have a two week limit for transients, while the others are for TDY etc. which to us is okay during war time. We would come back having been here once. We would "try" to get site #17 again. The BX is right across the road from the FamCamp. Easy walk.

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(Updated: April 23, 2007)
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Mar 24, 2007

Has the appearance of a permanent, run down RV migrant campground. Many RV's haven't been moved in years and some are covered in mold. No sewer hookups. Many permanent rig's are surrounded by junk. Campground is for permanent party or Reservist's on active duty. No sites are available for transient RV'ers or visitors to the area. Don't waste your time.

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(Updated: January 24, 2007)
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2.9
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3.0
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Jan. 22, 07

This pretty little CG could be so great, minus the homesteaders' stuff all around their "permanent" sites. I alaways love meandering roads and tucked-in pads among trees, although some of those 40-footers might not, and this park has that. The pads are very even/flat, but most are not long enough for all four wheels of a big rig, and aren't really wide enough for any, to give a place to walk without getting in the dirt/mud. If you're not in sites 1-4 or 14-18, then you'll need a car to get to the showers and laundry. By-the-way, one W/D set is in the ladies bathrm, and the other set is in the men's. They don't mind if you use both, if the shower isn't occupied. Convenient? The playground is big, but is too far to have children visit it unattented, and there is no fishing in the lake. There is recycling (glass/cans/plastic) onsite, but no gas station or commissary on base (a very nearby "Harry's Market" has a huge selection of reasonabley priced organic foods, though; off Cobb/Roswell). If you need to be close to Atlanta for a couple days, this is an inexpensive and scenic park to be, but I don't know how the homesteaders find it so worth the long term.

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Aug 2006

Nice CG but available only to active duty and Reservists on Active Duty. No sites available.

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