The smell of cows wafed through the air as we bumped along the road to our campsite. We passed two full moons, before reaching our destination for the night, an authentic conestoga wagon.
Camping in a Conestoga Wagon at the Rock Ranch
As soon as I saw the Conestoga wagons on the Rock Ranch website, I knew I wanted to take a field trip to go camping here. It was even better than I imagined.
The Rock Ranch is a 1,500-acre working cattle ranch located about an hour south of Atlanta. It was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, who also founded Atlanta based Chick-fil-A. A visit here feels like you are an invited guest to Cathy’s private farm.
I left Atlanta rather late with my son and my nephew, so by the time we got to the Rock Ranch, it was dark. Cindy, a ranch hand and neighbor met us at the gate. She opened it up and led us down the dirt road, through the fields, past the full moon, a gift to Truett Cathy on his 92nd birthday to our home for the evening, an authentic Conestoga wagon circle. The real full moon shined down upon us.
Everything you need for a night of Camping
Cindy showed us around the campsite. Pointing out the nearby port-a-potties, going through our large plastic bin that included paper and matches for starting our fire, paper towels, and cups. Along side our bin was a dispenser for hand washing water, as well as drinking water. Across the circle, a flatbed trailer full of firewood. We climbed into the wagon and claimed our bunk before pronouncing ourselves ready and saying goodbye to our hostess. The wagons have four bunks each, so we were able to double up on our mattresses, as we only had three people.
Dinner Under the Stars
The boys went to explore while I got things situated for dinner. We opted for a simple meal with hot dogs on a stick, chips and of course, s’mores for dessert. If you’d rather not bring your own food, the Rock Ranch can provide a hot dog dinner for $10 per person. You can also book a storyteller and astronomer if you want to keep the kids entertained. My boys were happy just playing in the fire for hours on end.
Family Fun Days
The next morning we ran around the fields. I spent some time taking pictures, while the boys did whatever it is boys do when they have lots of space to run. Our visit coincided with the Rock Ranch Fall Family Fun Days, so after a morning playing around the wagon, we had a fun afternoon at the festival zip lining, racing the pedal carts, playing dodgeball, bouncing on the jumpy pillow, going through the corn maze and exploring Tiny Town, a village of themed playhouses.
Our adventure was a perfect family getaway, and pairing it with one of the Rock Ranches festivals was a great move. Having one day to hang out at the wagons and play was enough for my boys. The fact that we were staying on property meant we were at the festival as it opened (or maybe even a little before), so we had no lines and lots of things to keep the kids busy. And the cherry on top – Cindy sent us a hand written thank you note afterwards – I think we should have been thanking her!
We were invited to experience the Rock Ranch Conestoga Wagons for the purposes of review, as is common in the travel industry. However, all opinions are my own.