Georgia Glamping at Shady Grove Campground on Lake Lanier. Photo credit Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity
8 Amazing Ways to Go Camping Without a Tent
From glamping and yurts to tiny houses, here are some of the most unique ways to go camping in Georgia - no tent required!
Georgia has some great places to go camping, but let's be honest. Sleeping in tents isn't for everyone. Thankfully, there are many places around the state where even the least outdoorsy can spend time comfortably in nature with the amenities of a hotel. These are some places you can camp without bringing a tent.
Yurts at Georgia State Parks, Multiple Locations
These semi-permanent tents are native to Mongolia, but they’re also found at a few Georgia State Parks. The wood and canvas yurts come equipped with futons and bunk beds, electrical outlets, ceiling fans and heaters. They also have fire rings and grills, picnic tables and a bathhouse nearby. The only things you’ll need to bring are linens for the beds, cooking equipment and food. Stay at one of these yurts at Cloudland Canyon, Red Top Mountain, High Falls, Fort Yargo, Tugaloo (pictured) and Sweetwater Creek state parks.
Airstream at Elatse'Yi, Ellijay
This North Georgia haven has a number of different accommodation options, like a funky geodesic dome, but the vintage Airstream at Elatse'Yi is a welcome retreat. Set on a covered platform, it has amenities like a private bathroom, bathtub, and outdoor shower. There’s also a fire pit for outdoor entertaining. The resort is made up of six acres inhabited by friendly creatures like chickens, goats and a dog. Spend your days exploring Ellijay or going hiking on the many nearby trails. The name comes from the Cherokee word for "verdant, green earth."
Glamping Tents at Little Raccoon Key, Jekyll Island
The Golden Isles have plenty of resorts, but glamping at Little Raccoon Key is a unique experience. Guests take the ferry from Jekyll Island to a small island once inhabited by Timucua and Guale tribes. The luxurious and weatherproof canvas tents come equipped with memory foam mattresses and pillows, linens, a wood burning stove, towels, toiletries, and dishes and pans. An outdoor shower and toilet are just outside the door. The resort also has a gas grill, hammocks and Adirondack chairs.
Georgia Glamping Tents at Shady Grove Campground, Cumming
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. 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.
Eco Cabin at Barefoot Hills, Dahlonega
Formerly a hiker hostel near the Appalachian Trail, Barefoot Hills added eco-friendly cabins made from shipping containers. They feature glass windows and an attached porch overlooking the forest. The rooms have a television equipped with Roku, comfy bed, ensuite bathroom, coffee maker and free high-speed WiFi. The hotel also has standard guest rooms, a log cabin and the hiker hostel. But it's not just for thru hikers. The property also appeals to cyclists, rock climbers, fly fishermen and wine lovers.
Cottage at Decatur Alpaca Cottage, Atlanta
Looking for a getaway that feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta? The charming, one-bedroom Decatur Alpaca Cottage is close to the city and Emory University, but is surrounded by an organic vegetable garden and legacy farm with alpacas and chickens roaming around. Decorated with vintage furnishings, the cottage has a well-equipped kitchen to prepare meals that can be enjoyed in the outdoor dining room. Additional amenities include high-speed Internet, outlets, a hair dryer, shampoo and hangers.
Treehouse in Peachtree Hills, Atlanta
Photo credit Lindsay Appel
Can you believe that the most wish-listed Airbnb property is in Atlanta? The dreamy treehouse near Buckhead has three rooms connected by swinging bridges. The spaces are furnished with antiques and luxury bedding. The bed is on a platform that allows it to be rolled out into the open air. A hammock sits under a 165-year-old tree for reading books and relaxing. The guest bathroom is in the basement of the main house, a short walk away.
Tiny House in Rising Fawn
Located near Cloudland Canyon, this tiny house called Shangri-Little was featured on "Tiny House Nation." The house is set on a cliff overlooking Lookout Mountain and has three stories, including a rooftop yoga deck. The light-filled space has a hot shower, toilet and sink, mini fridge, coffee maker, cook top and comfy couch. Outside, there's a fire pit and hot tub for relaxation.