Camping Within an Hour of Atlanta

Paddling at Sweetwater Creek State Park

You don’t have to go very far outside of Atlanta for terrific camping opportunities. Pack up your gear and head to these four campgrounds for a few nights under the stars.

Camping at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Candy Cook.
Camping at Stone Mountain Park. Photo by Candy Cook.

 

Stone Mountain Park

Playing the day away at Stone Mountain Park is an Atlanta tradition. The park is an endless playground with nature hikes, exciting attractions and classic family fun. The Stone Mountain Park Campground offers nearly 500 campsites that range from full-service RV hookups to primitive tent sites along beautiful Stone Mountain Lake. “Ready, Set, Camp” is a program aimed at providing first-time campers with a brand new tent and sleeping pads set up and waiting for campers to arrive! Grab an Adventure Pass to experience all the attractions, including the Scenic Railroad, Skyhike, Summit Skyride, and more.

Leaf Watching at Red Top Mountain State Park
Leaf Watching at Red Top Mountain State Park

 

Red Top Mountain State Park

This popular park is ideal for weekend camping escapes. Located on Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park features more than 15 miles of hiking trails, a sandy swimming beach and great fishing. Rent a kayak for a lake paddle or bring your mountain bike to tackle the Muddy Spokes Club’s Iron Hill Trail. The campground includes 36 sites with full hookups and 52 primitive tent sites.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Perfect for quick and easy nature getaways, Sweetwater Creek State Park accommodates overnight guests with rustic yurts. Glamping in the yurt village offers cozy beds, shared restrooms, picnic areas and a playground on George Sparks Reservoir. A bait shop supplies fishing needs, as well as rentals for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. The park’s hiking trails explore miles of natural wonders and historic ruins along the banks of Sweetwater Creek.

High Falls State Park
High Falls State Park

 

High Falls State Park

With two campgrounds and a primitive paddle-in site, High Falls State Park offers a choice between lake or riverside camping. The 650-acre High Falls Lake is known as one of Georgia’s top spots for fishing hybrid and white bass, while hikers enjoy views of the tumbling Towaliga River on 4.5 miles of trail. Visitors can rent boats or kayaks to explore on the water and enjoy outdoor fun like swimming and geocaching.

 

Published: May 2016
Written by: Candy Cook