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Georgia’s state parks are a world of treasures just waiting to be explored and have memories made in. Parks scattered around the states offer outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking and boating. But to really get the most out of your experience to the parks, consider staying overnight at a campground in a tent, RV, cabin, or yurt. Here are some awesome campgrounds to add to your future plans while experiencing the nature of Georgia.
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Cloudland Canyon State Park
The campground at Cloudland Canyon State Park is open year-round and helps you experience this stunning park on the western edge of Lookout Mountain for multiple days. There is a modern campground that is spacious and offers about 72 tent, trailer, and RV campsites. You can also stay in one of the 30 walk-in campsites or go on a backpacking trip to stay in one of the 13 backcountry campsites. There are also 10 yurts and 16 cottages available for overnight guests at this state park. It’s easy to fall in love with this park because of its rugged geology, great hiking, and beautiful waterfalls that flow after recent rain.
Unicoi State Park
Offering some of the best hiking in Georgia, Unicoi State Park near the town of Helen is also a paradise for campers and offers a little something for everyone. Here you’ll find nearly 100 campsites, including RV sites up to 40 feet and ADA sites. RV sites have full hookups with water, electric, and sewer, as well as grills, picnic tables, and fire rings. Some tent sites at Unicoi have water and power, while other tent sites are more primitive but have comfort stations nearby. For your lightweight backpacking adventure, you can stay at the Squirrel’s Nest primitive campground. Pets are welcome at this park on a leash, so bring your pup along on the camping adventure.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge State Park has year-around camping opportunities to stay overnight as you experience one of the most amazing canyons in the Southeast. There are sites to accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents, as well as a pioneer campground to stay at. Other facilities at the park are the backcountry Adirondack shelters, suspension bridge, picnic shelter, gorge overlooks, and gift shops. When you stay overnight here, you’ll have more time to hike and mountain bike on the over 20 miles of trails, do some rock climbing, swim, fish, and join a ranger program. Except during water release times, visitors can get a permit to hike to the gorge floor, although only 100 permits are granted per day.
Skidaway Island State Park
While in the Intracoastal Waterway area of Georgia, plan to camp at Skidaway Island State Park. There is a scenic campground that lies under the live oaks and Spanish moss. This campground is in a wooded area that is shaded with pines and hardwood trees. There is also a pioneer campground for groups and more privacy. Other features and amenities at the park are bike rentals, a boat launch, hiking, an interpretative center, showers, restrooms, and playgrounds. Campers will be just 15 miles from downtown Savannah and 25 minutes from the Tybee Island beaches.
F. D. Roosevelt State Park
F. D. Roosevelt State Park is the largest state park in Georgia and a perfect place to plan a hiking or backpacking trip. Here you’ll find about 115 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as 16 backcountry campsites, a group camp that sleeps 75, and a pioneer campground. You can also stay in one of the cozy cottages. The park also has two lakes: the 15-acre Lake Delanor and the 25-acre Lake Franklin. Other fun things to do are hiking the 42 miles of trails, horseback riding the 28 miles of trails, fishing, swimming, and birding.
Vogel State Park
Meanwhile, Vogel State Park is one of the most beloved parks in Georgia and at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. This mountain is the highest summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, and the park is rich in Native American history. This park has around 90 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, 18 walk-in campsites, a pioneer campground, and cottages for overnight guests. When you camp, you can enjoy the 22-acre lake, sandy beach, and the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.
Amicalola Falls State Park
When you visit the impressive 729-foot Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the state, you can extend your stay beyond just a day trip at the 24-wooded campsites for tents and RVs. The campground is next to the lodge and well-maintained with pull-in and back-in sites available. Sites come with water, power, grills, and fire rings. There is a newly updated comfort station on site with laundry facilities and showers in the campground for your convenience while roughing it in the outdoors.
Mistletoe State Park
Near Augusta, this state park has a nice campground with about 93 tent, trailer, and RV sites. Some of these sites are available only seasonally. There are also cottages here, a fisherman’s cabin, tent cabin, four walk-in campsites, three backcountry campsites, and a pioneer campground. Stay overnight to enjoy easy access to one of the largest lakes in the Southeast. You’ll love the sunrise and sunset views over the water and renting canoes to explore the area.
Black Rock Mountain State park
It’s also fun to camp at Black Rock Mountain State Park, which is Georgia’s highest state park and offers lovely views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Camping enthusiasts can stay in one of approximately 44 tent, trailer, and RV sites. There are also cottages, 12 walk-in campsites, four backcountry campsites, and a pioneer campground. The lake is popular because of the easy walking trail around it and because of the great fishing for anglers.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Near the town of Newnan, Chattahoochee Bend State Park is a great place to camp, fish, and paddle. This camping area has about 37 tent, trailer, and RV sites. It also has eight backcountry/paddle-in campsites that you’ll need to hike or paddle 5.5 miles to get to. There are three cabins you can stay in, as well as eight platform campsites, 12 tent walk-in campsites, and an Adirondack group campsite. Canoe rentals are available by the day or overnight to get around the park by the water.