Little Raccoon Key camping off Jekyll Island, Georgia

Glamping on Little Raccoon Key off Jekyll Island, Georgia

6 Wildly Wonderful Ways to Go Camping this Fall

You'll love watching the moonlight through the pines on these cool camping trips in Georgia.

The mild weather makes it a perfect time to pitch a tent and spend some time outdoors. We adore normal car camping, but sometimes you are looking for something a little more unique. Here are six cool ways to spend the night camping, plus a few of our favorite things to do while you are there.

Getaway House in Suches, Georgia

In a tiny house

Getaway Chattahoochee in Suches

Head to Getaway Chattahoochee, a cluster of tiny cabins nestled in 57 wooded acres in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Suches, Georgia. Just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, the pet-friendly cabins are outfitted with all the essentials, so you can go camping but leave most of your gear at home. Best of all, you're far enough away to totally unplug, but close enough to civilization if you need anything. Read more about what to expect in your tiny cabin retreat.

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Glamp camp on Little Raccoon Key near Jekyll Island, Georgia

On an island

Little Raccoon Key off Jekyll Island

Part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, this unspoiled reef island off the coast of Jekyll Island is perfect for those looking for a remote getaway. Rent your own private island and stay overnight in a solar-powered luxury canvas tent, or book a guided tour to spend a day exploring the ancient oyster reef.

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Paddle-in camping at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel, Georgia
Paddle-in camping at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel, Georgia

Reed Bingham State Park in Adel

Paddle away from it all to a secluded campsite at Reed Bingham State Park. This primitive group site sleeps up to 30. Either bring your own or rent a boat on site to get to this remote area where nesting bald eagles are seen in the winter, gopher tortoises are prevalent and alligators are often seen sunning on the shores. Here are some other fun camp game ideas to keep you busy on your own private island.

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General Coffee State Park in Nicholls, Georgia

With a horse

General Coffee State Park in Nicholls

Bring your horse along to this Georgia State Park. General Coffee has 13.4 miles of equestrian trails, plus ride-in campsites. When you aren’t riding, play with the park farm animals that include goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and chickens. Another favorite pastime is walking through the cypress swamp along the boardwalk.

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Geodesic dome camping at Elatse'yi Mountain Retreat in Ellijay, Georgia

In a geodesic dome

Elatse’yi Mountain Retreat and Alpaca Farm, Ellijay

This luxury glamping experience in Ellijay includes a fully furnished geodesic dome, as well as telescopes for observing the night sky and, more importantly, private bathrooms. The curious alpacas that live at the farm are fun pets for the weekend. And Max, the farm dog, will be waiting to show you around. During the day, spend time exploring the more than 100 miles of single-track mountain biking, or plan a whitewater-rafting trip.

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Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Georgia

In a tree

Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge

Some of the most unique places to go camping are at Georgia State Parks. Did you know you could sleep in a tree at Panola Mountain? Yup. Your hostess for the evening is Naomi Ruth, a 100-foot Southern Red Oak. Rock-a-bye baby on the treetop for real! During your visit, take an archery lesson, and then test your newly found skills on the specialized course.

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Inside a yurt at Georgia State Parks

In a yurt

Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia

Fishermen love this state park that is known for lots of large-mouth bass. But Tugaloo State Park is also a great place to sleep in a yurt. What’s a yurt? A yurt is a circular platform tent that usually has bunk beds, limited furniture and is move-in ready. This is a great option for campers that don’t have tents or don’t want to mess with getting things set up.

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Published: July 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman