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Travel: LGBT campsites offer inexpensive, casual summertime fun

Summer camping options

For those looking to escape the grind, smog and congestion of the city in summer, a number of gay-owned Georgia campgrounds offer peaceful, often clothing optional, retreats from the summer heat.

But running a campground isn’t easy. Once located near Valdosta, Bobcat Resort Campground closed last year. Another casualty of 2011 was Lumberjacks Camping Resort, in Unadilla, near Macon, but the property has been reborn as Oz Campground, with its grand opening slated for Memorial Day weekend.

Rich McTague is one of the new owners. Two gay couples bought Lumberjacks and have set upon improving the campground.

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Swiftwaters Campground hosts annual Women’s Music in the Mountains Fest

It's time to head to the mountains.

The 7th annual Women's Music in the Mountains Festival begins Friday, April 29, and runs through the weekend at the Swiftwaters campground in North Georgia.

Swiftwaters was founded 32 years ago by lesbian partners Dorothy (Dot) Osebold and Joyce Tree. After Osebold died, Tree kept the only campground in Dahlonega near the Blue Ridge Mountains for women open with the help of Pat Roberts, who also became Tree's partner. Tree died a few years ago and friends and volunteers, such as singer-songwriter Ronnda Cadle, now help Roberts keep the space a destination spot for women, mostly lesbians, who enjoy camping and, yes, music.

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Police investigating death of gay campground employee

Local law enforcement investigators have ruled the death of a gay campground employee a murder and are investigating the crime as a “homicide by gunshot.”

On Sept. 8, victim Todd Tumlin was found in the woods off Pulliam Mill Rd. near the site of River’s Edge, a gay campground where Tumlin worked. Tumlin had been reported missing on Aug. 28 and had last been seen in the immediate area.