Reserve this site at Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest Pickett’s Bay Primitive Campsites. When you get to your campsite, find the closes point for cell connection. If you call 911 give as your address 2295 Gully Branch Road, Tate’s Hell State Forest, GPS 29.95868, -84.71945. First responders will not be able to find you by campsite only. Reserve America confirmation will not give you this information.
When you get to your camp site, check cell phone coverage or find closest cell connection point.
Campsite 11, Gully Branch, is a tent only primitive camp site just a short walk from the day use area on Gully Branch Road. You will have to carry your gear from the off road parking to the campsite which is not visible from the road.
There is a picnic table and a firepit (but no standup grill) at the riverside site.
Because this is in the day use area, a vault toilet is available for use and the covered picnic tables if it’s raining.
There are two such buildings on the south side of the Gully Branch Road. On the opposite side are a small covered picnic table and a large covered group picnic area.
The vault toilet lies behind the two picnic areas.
The landing at Gully Branch is used by motorized boats which usually go down river and paddlers.
A favorite trip with a short shuttle is to put in at CS 17 on East River Road and take-out here at Gully Branch: 6.5 miles of easy downriver paddle with enough of a winding course to make it interesting.
Below Gully Branch road, tides are more noticeable. As the river becomes slighter wider and less winding, winds also can add to the day’s workout.
During the summer months yellow flies at Gully Branch can be fierce.
We find, even when it’s hot, a fire in the firepit at dusk, keeps mosquitoes away.
The photos were taken when the tide was outgoing. Water levels will vary at this site depending on tides.