Camping on Little Raccoon Key off Jekyll Island, Georgia

Camping on Little Raccoon Key off Jekyll Island, Georgia

Coolest Camping Spots in Georgia

Add a touch of magical adventure to your getaway with these unique overnight experiences in Georgia.

kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia

Okefenokee Platform Camping

More than 100 miles of water trails snake through North America's largest blackwater swamp, rewarding paddlers with incredible scenery, extraordinary wildlife encounters, and the darkest skies for stargazing in Georgia. Paddle-in campers choose overnight stays ranging from one to four days on three islands and seven secluded platform campsites. Reserve your platform through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Barrel Cabin at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Once known as "Unicoi Outdoor Recreation Experiment Station," Unicoi State Park & Lodge has some of the most interesting accommodations of any other park in the state. Seen nowhere else in the country, a cluster of rustic, barrel-shaped cabins offer all the amenities with dreamy beds, full kitchens, televisions, heating and air, and balconies overlooking the forest. The park is also home to the, "Squirrel's Nest," a collection of hillside shelters perfect for backpackers and camping groups.

Glamping Tents at Little Raccoon Key, 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.

Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville, Georgia

Hike Inn

Discover Georgia's exclusive backcountry lodge hidden in the forest of Amicalola Falls State Park. Accessible only by hiking trails, visitors pack in just their personal care items for a serene getaway to nature. The eco-friendly Hike Inn includes primitive rooms sleeping two to three hikers on bunkbeds, hot showers in the bathhouse, and family-style meals. 

Conestoga Wagons at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, Georgia

Conestoga Wagons

After a full day of family fun at The Rock Ranch, campers gather around a roaring campfire to roast marshmallows before hitting the sack old-west style in a Conestoga Wagon. Each wagon sleeps up to eight guests on comfy bunks. During Fall Family Fun Days, guests enjoy discounted admission to Rock Ranch attractions, including a themed corn maze, tiny town, pedal carts and more.

Fort Yargo State Park yurt in Winder, Georgia

Glamping in Yurts

Six of Georgia's most spectacular state parks include yurt villages with quick access to trails, playgrounds and clean restrooms among the quirky, canvas tents. The cozy, one-room yurts feature natural wood furnishings and serene views from private porches. Each yurt has its own picnic table, fire ring and a heater for comfort in winter. Find yurts at Cloudland Canyon, Red Top Mountain, Sweetwater Creek, High Falls, Tugaloo and Fort Yargo State Parks.

Treehouses at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Georgia

Treehouse Camping

Historic Banning Mills offers outdoor adventurers exhilirating experiences with aerial obstacle challenges, a free-fall tower, nature programming, and World Record climbing walls and ziplines. Enhance the thrilling adventure by spending the night in a treehouse. The impressive treehouses of Banning Mills are truly rooms with a view, accessible only by a skybridge. Treehouses are cozy, rustic, and include modern luxuries like king-size beds, gas log fireplaces, jetted tubs and private covered decks.

Published: October 2019
Written by: Candy Cook