Pet-friendly camping at Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah

Pet-friendly camping at Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah

9 Great Spots to Camp in Georgia

Set up your tent and enjoy the scenery at these remarkable camping locations across the state.

 

Georgia is an ideal playground for those who like a variety of camping adventures. Georgia's state park system allows you to enjoy comfort, consistency and hospitality across the state, and many other campgrounds and attractions offer inviting settings for sleeping under the stars.

Cloudland Canyon. Photo by @natebowery

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon photo by @natebowery

Let the dramatic beauty of ancient, water-carved cliffs be your backyard at the West Rim campground at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn. Outdoor lovers should not miss this park's spectacular scenery.

Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah, Georgia

Skidaway Island State Park

Camp in spacious sites under the Spanish moss at Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah, a gem tucked in the marshes of the Georgia coast.  Open-air picnic shelters and an enclosed group shelter are popular spots for parties, reunions and other celebrations. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. For cooling off during summer, Tybee Island's beaches are less than an hour away.

Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo, Georgia. Photo by @elvagogringo

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park photo by @elvagogringo

The Okefenokee Swamp is the backdrop for a unique camping experience among the swampy lowlands and wildlife of south Georgia at Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo. A certified dark sky park by the International Dark Sky Association, this park has minimal light pollution, so guests can experience some of the darkest skies in the Southeast. Stand beneath a sky full of stars and see the Milky Way stretched out above you while watching for the occasional meteor streaking across the night sky.

Biking at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia

F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Leave the car behind when you set up camp in F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia's largest state park with miles of trails. Lake Delanor and the rolling hills of middle Georgia are all just footsteps away.

Vogel State Park. Photo by Tania, @igpostaholic

Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park photo by Tania, @igpostaholic

Camp along Wolf Creek and enjoy the babble of tumbling waters lulling you to sleep at night after exploring North Georgia's beloved mountain playground at Vogel State Park in Blairsville.

Tallulah Gorge State Park. Photo by Steven Thomas, @steventhomasphotography

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park photo by Steven Thomas, @steventhomasphotography

Tallulah Gorge may be one of the most exciting sights in Georgia, and the North Rim trail is just a short walk from camp at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls. Campers can stay inside the park, choosing from 50 sites with electric and water hookups, plus hot showers. Plan your trip with this Guide to Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Camping at Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Georgia

Mistletoe State Park

Be prepared to have your senses delighted as the calm waters of Clarks Hill Lake glow in the sunset at the edge of your campsite at Mistletoe State Park in Appling. The campground is situated on a peninsula, offering spectacular views of both sunset and sunrise over the open water. Overnight guests may rent canoes to explore the large lake.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park paddle-in camping

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Take in unbeaten views of the Chattahoochee River from the observation platform before setting up camp at the riverfront platform sites or Adirondack-style shelters at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan. Although most of the park has been left in its natural state, campers have many options for staying overnight within park boundaries. RV owners will enjoy the camping section with sunny pull-through and back-in sites. Tent campers can choose from riverfront platform sites, walk-in sites and traditional developed campsites.

Georgia Glamping at Lake Lanier. Photo by Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity

Georgia Glamping Tents at Shady Grove Campground

Photo credit Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity

Set on the shores of Lake Lanier is Georgia Glamping, a resort of sorts with stylish tents that can accommodate up to six people. They have full-sized beds, linens, lighting, coffee makers and mini fridges. There are also chairs around a fire pit and hammocks for relaxing. Three tents and a vintage trailer are located at Shady Grove Campground, while there are also tents at Unicoi State Park and Vogel State Park. Guests need to bring their own towels and toiletries, as well as a flashlight and any food you might need. Kayaks, paddleboards and bikes are available for rent.

Published: December 2019