The perfect places to set up camp close to Atlanta, and across state!
If Atlanta is known as a city within a forest, just imagine the camping capabilities in and around the city, as well as across Georgia! Our beautiful state has so many gorgeous places to go camping. From campsites on stunning lakes to sleeping surrounded by unbeatable views of Georgia’s mountains. We have it all.
8 Enchanting Spots To Go Camping In Georgia
1. Sweet Water Creek
For something close to the city and an ATL right of passage, camping at Sweet Water Creek is the ultimate staycation, without any of the hassle or an endless drive involved. There’s even Yurts available to rent at the enchanting creek, only minutes from downtown Atlanta. Regular camping is also available at this peaceful tract of wilderness, near the famous ruins of a textile mill that caught fire during the Civil War. Your pictures will be insane.
2. Cloudland Canyon State Park
Two hours northwest of Atlanta for the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Gorgeous, green mountains take over the landscape, looking like they go on forever. With so many places to camp in the area, you’re spoilt for choice. As one of the most scenic parks in the state, there’s exceptional hiking, plentiful waterfalls, and views that need to be seen to be believed.
3. Vogel State Park
This 233-acre state park located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Camp along Wolf Creek and explore its stunning beauty. This relaxing place to spend a long weekend has excellent camping facilities, and there’s even cabins available if you feel like treating yourself. Vogel State Park is always an excellent contender when deciding where to go camping.
4. Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is proof that you don’t have to travel far from Atlanta for an awesome camping trip. Their huge camping grounds accommodate families and couples with RVs, their own tents, or you could even use their “Ready, Set, Camp” program. A brand new tent will be waiting for first time campers, decked out with sleeping equipment. Who knows, if you’ve never been camping, you might catch the bug! There are several packages available, which also include the many attractions at the park. Take the Summit Skyride for insane views of our beautiful city.
5. Chattahoochee River
There are so many awesome places to camp along the Chattahoochee, both close to Atlanta and further afield! Take in its untouchable beauty, and the incredible nature that’s beside it. We suggest the National Recreational Center for something closer to home, with an ample of activities a stone-throw away, including rafting, paddle boarding, and more!
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6. Stephen C. Foster State Park
If you’re looking to escape Atlanta completely, head towards Florida for the Okefenokee Swamp lands at Stephen C. Foster State Park. A great place to stargaze, go kayaking in the swamp, or even gator-watching for those who are brave enough!
7. Red Top Mountain State Park
Fifty minutes from Atlanta is Red Top Mountain State Park. This beautiful park is a popular spot for camping, or spending the day soaking up Georgia’s gorgeous nature. Great for sports lovers, there’s kayaks, paddle boarding, mountain biking, hiking, and more! The watersports are possible due to the lush sandy swimming beach/lake at the park.
8. Skidaway Island State Park
For the ultimate Georgia getaway, head to Skidaway Island State Park. This popular day trip is extra magical should you go camping! There are so many nearby beaches just waiting to be explored. Extend the trip to visit Savannah as well as Tybee Island (pictured above).
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