Vision is a gift. That generalized statement is true on all accounts, but the ability I am speaking of is to see a project in your mind’s eye before it’s even on paper. People that possess this ability are called visionaries, Sam Rumsey is a prime example. Motivated, determined and hardworking, are all terms that apply to this local Realtor/Businessman. His best friend and wife Donna would tell you he is a workaholic, she knows because she is right by his side. Donna retired from 28 years of teaching and now keeps up with Sam’s every step. In 2018 Sam talked with a local property owner about listing his 25 acres and home on York House Road in Rabun Gap, Georgia. When Sam learned that the property had been approved for a 10 acre RV site, his plan changed, “I wanted to buy it then!” Sam said. “So I called a good friend of mine from college and he saw the vision and we became partners in the project.” What transpired next is where the story of Willow Valley RV Resort takes shape. Bordered by the Little Tennessee River the 10 acre luxury RV resort is park-like in appearance and sets nestled in the valley with a 360° view of the mountains. The resort currently has 59 sites and infrastructure is in place for 30 more giving the resort 89 total. The sites are full hook-up with water, power and fber optic internet. Willow Valley is very family-friendly with a playground for the little ones, a planned basketball court, putting green and dog park. The pool area includes lounge chairs, dressing and restroom facilities. The bath house has 6 individual baths with shower, sink and toilet offering guests the privacy they desire. The clubhouse offers quests a place to gather, get area info, purchase drinks and a few basics. The resort has some activities planned for guests and will gladly host rallies for camping groups. Willow Valley is centrally located between Atlanta and Cherokee, North Carolina. It is convenient to Highlands and Cashiers, Clayton and the area lakes, Dillard, Sky Valley and Franklin. The list of outdoor recreation opportunities is much too long to list, but I must mention the Chattooga River, Black Rock and Tallulah Gorge State Parks and many waterfalls. If you prefer some wine tasting, brewery and distillery tours you are also in luck, there are a half dozen close by. There are plans for live music at the park and the location offers excellent viewing for the upcoming 4th of July freworks show at the iconic Dillard House. Dining and shopping are also abundant in neighboring towns so you will never run out of things to do. The www.willowvalleyrv.com website offers a comprehensive list of “things to do and see” during your visit. Sam and Donna have enjoyed camping and taking their two children and granddaughter with them. They have created a place with all of the amenities they wished for at the parks they have stayed at. “I’ve never met a rude person at a campground” Sam told me. “People are relaxed and enjoying life when they are camping. That is the atmosphere at Willow Valley.” The Rumseys will live in the home next to the resort so they will always be nearby. They want guests to enjoy their stay, to feel like family and to come again. They must be doing something right because the campers they have had are already calling for more reservations. If you want to visit Willow Valley call 706-746-0078 or stop in for a tour at 323 York House Road in Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568.
by Tracy McCoy