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What if I told you, you could go camping without owning a tent, trailer or RV? And what if I told you, not only could you get out and enjoy the great outdoors, but could also have all the amenities of a family-friendly resort? That’s exactly what you get when you visit CreekFire Motor Ranch in Savannah, Georgia. It is more than just a campground. There’s a reason they call it a Motor Ranch. Here’s why we stayed at CreekFire and why we’ll stay again in the future.
Please note, CreekFire Motor Ranch hosted our stay. However, all opinions are my own.
The best part of CreekFire Motor Ranch is that it is, in fact, a fully functioning resort. It’s like getting the best of both worlds, an outdoor camping adventure and a stay a luxury resort. The campground has a front desk lobby clubhouse, fully staffed and stocked with whatever you need. I particularly liked the grocery section and we did make use of that to get a few necessities that we forgot. The staff was pleasant and helpful, explaining everything the resort has to offer.
Some of the resort amenities include:
- Pools – both a kiddie, hot tub, and full-size pool are available. Plus, even the full-size pool offers a wide shallow section for those who may not want to do the kiddie pool, but aren’t comfortable in the deep end just yet.
- Lounge – the clubhouse offers plenty of comfy seating around a fireplace, both indoors and out.
- Community Fire Pit
- Tennis Courts
- Basketball Courts
- Lawn Bowling – Bocce Ball
- Boat Rentals – fishing, canoe or kayak
- Bike Rentals
- Golf Cart Rental
- Game Room – This was one of our favorite features. Just off the pool area houses a pool table, fuse ball table, cornhole, and ping pong. Seating and those oversize heaters keep the covered open-air area warm.
We also enjoyed the lake views, as well as a walking trail surrounding the lake.
CreekFire also hosts a number of their own events, in addition to providing transportation to Savannah. At the ranch, they offer movie nights near the community fire pit, pancake breakfasts, cookouts, and more. I expect as they continue to grow, so will their on-site events.
While there, we stayed in one of their fully stocked cabins. Currently, CreekFire offers 3 cabins, with sleeping arrangements between 6-8 people. Essentially, the cabins are Tiny Homes. Each cabin is slightly different, offering a unique experience. We stayed in Cabin #2 and it was our favorite of the three.
Our cabin had a front deck, overlooking the lake. Upon entering, we had a nice size living space with a pull-out couch, a TV, and a flat fireplace, which really added to the atmosphere. A couple of stools and counter space provided a place to eat in the kitchen. The kitchen itself was spacious enough and fully stocked with all utensils, appliances, and even spices. (Side note: My husband liked the spice rack so much, he ordered the exact same for himself!)
Down the hall were two bunk beds and bathroom. Generally, in cabins and campgrounds, the showers are okay in terms of water pressure. I thought the one here was very nice, good pressure, and plenty of room.
Beyond that was the master bedroom, with sliding doors for privacy, and just enough room to walk around the bed. We also had our own television.
From the living room, stairs took you to a spacious loft, with a full-size mattress and it’s own lighting. My daughter was thrilled to have the loft and felt very comfortable there.
Outside of the cabin, in the back, we had our own picnic table and fire pit. It was unfortunately quite cool and windy the night we were there, so we didn’t get to enjoy this aspect of camping.
If you’re looking to completely disconnect, this may not be the place. WiFi is offered throughout the resort. We found it adequate the whole time we were there.
CreekFire Motor ranch is very easy to access. Located off of I-95, about 1/2 mile from the exit. From here, it’s about a 20-25 minute drive to downtown Savannah. I highly recommend spending some time in Savannah. If you’re staying at the resort, but don’t want to drive, CreekFire offers a round-trip shuttle leaving every three hours for only $10
Nearby are two easy hiking trails. The bigger is the Savannah Ogeechee Canal, which is a mile out trail to the historic canal. We didn’t have time to explore these but can see they’d be a nice easy trail for kids who like to hike and explore.
CreekFire is still very new on the scene. They opened in October of 2017. This, of course, doesn’t diminish the amount of detail that has gone into the place as mentioned above. Only to state, they have room to grow. Future plans include:
- Sandy beach with chairs and umbrellas
- Lazy river and waterslide
- Lake house with lounge and TV area
- Card tables, billiards, ping-pong and arcade games
- Restaurant and bar
- Poolside bar and grill
- Driving range
- 3-acre picnic park
- More Cabins
- More Tent sites
Overall, everyone agreed we had an amazing time at CreekFire Motor Ranch. The kids want to go back if just to have the run of the resort swimming and playing games. We did feel comfortable letting them walk and wander on their own. (Ages 14 & 12) My husband and I would like to go back just to have more of the camping experience as well as explore more of nearby Savannah on our own. I can’t wait to see how the location improves with time and we will be back!
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