Cotton Hill Campground site

Cotton Hill campground review (Fort Gaines, GA)

Cotton Hill Campground is a US Army Corps of Engineers campground in Georgia south of Columbus. It’s on the lake that acts as the state line with Alabama. So, travelers from both states can easily visit. We’d stayed at this campground for two nights in fall 2020, but returned unexpectedly after severe weather caused us to cut another reservation short.

There’s a lot to love about Cotton Hill. It has spacious full hookup sites, most of which have a peaceful water view. It’s modestly priced, has good Verizon cell coverage, and it’s large enough to have plenty of roads for walking and jogging.


Each site has a picnic table, grill, fire pit, a tall wooden standing table, and electricity. Full-hookup sites also have a sewer connection and water.

Cotton Hill Campground site with RV

Most sites are well-spaced, but there are some double sites that you can book if you’re traveling with multiple RVs.

Cotton Hill Campground site

The campsites at Cotton Hill are separated into three distinct loops off the main campground road. So, if you want to be close to particular campground amenities, you should choose your site carefully. In particular, here’s what each area has to offer:

  • Old Mill Road: Sites 1-50 are mostly waterfront along Sandy Creek. There’s a bathhouse between sites 31 and 32
  • Marina View: Sites 51-71. There’s a bathhouse between sites 64 and 65 and children’s play equipment and a pavilion along the waterfront
  • Pine Island: Sites 72-104. There’s a bathhouse near site 83 and children’s play equipment and a swimming beach along the waterfront

Some sites have a steep driveway that may make entry difficult for some RVs.

Cotton Hill Campground site

The scrape marks at some sites show that previous campers have struggled. So, you may want to check out photos at to be sure you’ll be able to get into your site.

Campground amenities

The amenities at this campground are what you’d expect from a US Army Corps of Engineers campground. There are three bathhouses. It was quite cold while we visited, so we were pleased to find that they’re heated.

Cotton Hill Campground bathhouse

Each bathhouse has multiple toilets and showers for each gender.

Cotton Hill Campground bathroom

Each bathhouse also has a laundry room with a washer and dryer. When we visited, the washer cost $1.25 and the dryer cost $1.

Cotton Hill Campground laundry room

There’s a boat dock with plenty of boat trailer parking.

Cotton Hill Campground parking near boat ramp

There’s plenty of extra picnic tables and children’s playground equipment by the lakefront. And there’s a beach near the Pine Island campsites.

Cotton Hill Campground site near swimming beach

There’s a short nature trail located off of the Old Mill Road loop.

Cotton Hill Campground nature trail

Trash dumpsters and a barrel for aluminum recycling are located along the main road near the entrance booth.

Cotton Hill Campground trash area

There’s also a double dump station and fish cleaning hut near the entrance booth as well.

Cotton Hill Campground dump station

Campground hosts lock the entrance gate from 10pm to 7am nightly. There’s not a code for campers to use if they arrive or return during these locked hours. So, make sure to arrive on time.


We had no issues with connectivity using our Verizon hotspot on either visit to Cotton Hill. When Katie did a speed test on a Saturday morning, she got 4.16 Mbps download, 5.39 Mbps upload, and 40 ms ping. There wasn’t any campground Wi-Fi available.

Cotton Hill Campground site with RV


You can book a campsite at Cotton Hill campground online at The campground consists of:

  • 92 RV sites with full hookups ($28 per site)
  • 10 tent-only sites with just electricity ($24)

You can book tent-only sites for $24 per night, full-hookup sites for $28 per night, and double sites for $56 per night.

Cotton Hill Campground Pine Island sites

Cotton Hill doesn’t close for the winter, so you can stay year-round. You can book up to six months before your stay. Stays are limited to a maximum of 14 nights.

Overall take

Cotton Hill is a pretty campground with well-spaced and spacious sites. The campground is large enough to have plenty of roads for running and walking, as well as a short nature trail. Almost every site is within view of the water, although most are waterfront.

Cotton Hill is the second campground we’ve returned to so far, with our only other second visit being to Blue Springs State Park outside Orlando, FL. Both of our stays at Cotton Hill were just two nights, but we wouldn’t hesitate to stay longer in the future.

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