Midnight Train to Georgia - Last Stop, Folkston!

Campground Name: Traders Hill Campground & Recreation Area

Campground Address: 1388 Tracys Ferry Rd., Folkston, GA 31537

Campground Phone Number: (912) 390-9288

Campground Website: Traders Hill Campground


Arrive: September 14, 2023

Depart: September 18, 2023


Rally Host: Name: Selena Smith
Email Address: smithselenaj@gmail.com
Phone Number: (904) 206-2688

Rally Fee (per attendee): $25

Campsite (per night): $20

Special Instructions:

Do not call the campground.  Hostess will make campsite reservations. An email will be sent from the rally hostess requesting specific information such as your contact information, camper type and length.

Rally Information:

Trader Hill, previously known as Fort Alert, was established in the 18th century, and defended by a stockade garrisoned by U.S. Troops, Trader's Hill was a refuge for settlers during the Indian Wars. At the head of navigation on the St. Mary’s River, it was also one of the most important trading centers in the Southeast. In 1854, it became the County Site of Charlton County, and served in this capacity until 1901.  
The City of Folkston was created simply because the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railroad needed a station there and the first train passed through in 1881.  The Old Train Depot has been restored and houses the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority of the City of Folkston and Charlton County. Residents and visitors alike cherish this historic landmark. Along with the train depot, there is the Folkston Funnel Train Platform bringing many visitors from all over the world to "train watch."

The campground is located 5 miles from downtown Folkston (Hwy 40 & US 1) and is within walking distance of the St. Mary’s River which offers a boat ramp and small beach area.  Activities will include a day trip to an outdoor gun range for pistol and rifle shooting, kayaking and/or canoeing on the St. Mary’s River, and a day visit to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (#1) which includes the Chesser Island Boardwalk to the 40’ Owl’s Roost Tower (#3) and possibly a guided boat excursion into the swamp.  Other activities might include a sunset visit & ice cream at the Folkston Funnel Train Viewing Platform (#2), and an outdoor dining adventure to Captain Stan’s Smokehouse in Woodbine or perhaps bring in a catered dinner by Captain Stan to the campground.  (# = Top Things to do in Folkston, according to TripAdvisor!)

Program to be posted shortly.