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LODGING AND CAMPING
CAMPING FOR BORDER WARS
Like everything else, we’e upped our game for 2024 and we are excited to offer a great camping option. How does camping within walking distance to the start sound? Sounds pretty good right? What if we told you that it’s also right on the Chattahoochee! We know, where do we sign up? Well, you’ll get to sign up for camping when you register. You must pre-register to camp at this location.
Franklin Onsite Camping / Riverside Park
25 Glover Rd, Franklin, GA 30217
Cost: $25 per night / $35 for both nights
Primitive Tent Camping Space: It will be first come, first serve within the park. There are a dozen or so sites with fire pits right on the river. The rest of the camping will be in a large open/very flat field. It used to baseball fields, which has since been removed. (No fires outside the city fire pits)
Restrooms: There are restrooms within the park that will be open. We will also have additional portable toilets rented for the weekend in the park.
Showers: If we get enough people to camp we will rent a portable shower truck for Saturday. However, we need at least 50 campers to justify the expense. The showers will be free for campers only.
RV Campers and Vans. We have limited parking for the same cost as tent. Once the spaces are sold, that’s it. No electricity or sewer hook-ups at this time. The good news. If this goes well, they have a location a few miles away with 40 or so hook-ups for next year.
To reserve your space. Click here by selecting the “On-Site Camping” option within BikeReg.
Additional camping locations outside of Franklin:
Chattahoochee Bend State Park. We’ve camped here several times in the past. It’s a very nice facility. It is about 30-minutes away though. We (MTB Atlanta) are actually building MTB Trails here and this will be a MTB destination at some point.
Click here to go to the state park website
Brush Creek is 10-minutes. We have never stayed here, but it gets “ok” reviews.
Click here to go to the Heard County Website
Hotels for Border Wars:
From the Airport or Atlanta
ATL Airport District: You’ll be about an hour north of Franklin, so a pretty easy drive in the morning or heading back after the ride. We highly recommend staying in the ATL Airport District. You’ll be able to choose from pretty much every hotel chain available. A few of the hotels you can take the Skytrain directly from the Airport to the Gateway Center Complex/Hotels as well as to the car rental. The Skytrain is free and comes every few minutes. Did we mention the ATL Airport District are huge fans of cycling and help us put on Spin the District – three criterium style events in the District – every April. The District has plenty of great food options as well. Also check out our past sponsor and friends at Arches Brewing.
Coming from the South
La Grange is 20-miles from the start and is the closest large town to eat, shop, stay, etc. There are plenty of hotel options. La Grange also helps us put on the La Grange Cycling Classic (Yes, another criterium. The same weekend as Spin the District) So, of course, we’re big fans of La Grange. They’re also home to several great breweries.
Coming from the West
Carrolton is 23-miles north from the start and has plenty to eat, shop, stay, etc. Carrolton has a great downtown and a few newer breweries.
Coming from the East
Hoganville is technically the closest at 14-miles away. This quant town has a couple cute places if you’re looking for a little different and a little nicer.
Newnan: Finally, our last hotel location. We’re also big fan’s of Newnan. We help Bike Cowetta put on the Rock and Road Criterium – also in the spring. Newnan has a great downtown and plenty of hotel and food options.