Georgia Glamping at Shady Grove Campground on Lake Lanier. Photo credit Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity
Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity

Georgia Glamping at Shady Grove Campground on Lake Lanier. Photo credit Teddy The Morkie, @teddy.takesthecity

9 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.

Inside a yurt at Tugaloo State Park

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.

Elatse'Yi Airstream camping in Ellijay, Georgia

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 at Little Raccoon Key near Jekyll Island, Georgia

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 at Lake Lanier

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, 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.

Eco Cabin at Barefoot Hills in Dahlonega, Georgia

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.

Decatur Alpaca Cottage

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.

Intown Treehouse in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. Photo by Lindsay Appel

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.

Shangri-Little Tiny House in Rising Fawn, Georgia

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.

Conestoga Wagons at The Rock Ranch, The Rock

Conestoga Wagons at The Rock Ranch, The Rock

Not far from Thomaston is a family-friendly getaway with a variety of accommodation options. But the eight Conestoga wagons at The Rock Ranch are unlike anywhere else you’ll find. Families and groups can stay in eight bunks, which come with mattresses, lanterns, firewood, kindling, picnic tables, restrooms, and a table with cups and water. The Rock Ranch also has farm houses for rent. Enjoy the activities on the grounds like ziplining, fishing, wagon rides and pony rides.

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Published: March 2019
Written by: Caroline Eubanks