Camping on Cumberland Island, Georgia

Camping on Cumberland Island, Georgia

3 Dream Vacations for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Experience real adventure in Georgia's wild and scenic landscapes on these three dream vacations for outdoor enthusiasts.

Camping on Georgia's Coast

Cumberland Island, Georgia, photo by Ian Wilson
Cumberland Island, Georgia, photo by Ian Wilson

Roam through awe-inspiring maritime forest and along pristine beaches when you go camping on the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Once home to the wealthy Carnegie family, Cumberland Island is only accessible by ferry from St. Marys, and it hosts a limited number of campers each night.

Glimpses of the Carnegie lifestyle can be easily imagined throughout the ruins of Dungeness on Cumberland Island. - GDEcD Photography
Glimpses of the Carnegie lifestyle can be easily imagined throughout the ruins of Dungeness on Cumberland Island. 

Explore winding forest trails, enjoy sweeping views over the salt marsh, and visit the impressive Dungeness mansion ruins. Campers have the option of staying near amenities at Sea Camp or hiking into isolated backcountry campsites.

Mountain Biking in North Georgia

Mulberry Gap Mountain Biking. Photo by Brice Shirbach
Mulberry Gap Mountain Biking. Photo by Brice Shirbach

Surrounded by the epic mountain bike trails rolling through the Cohutta Wilderness Area and Chattahoochee National Forest, Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way has everything a mountain biker needs for an awesome adventure. Rugged trails like Pinhoti, Bear Creek and Windy Gap are all easily accessible from the scenic mountain resort in Ellijay.

Mulberry Gap Mountain Biking. Photo by Joe Cattoni, Regular Joe Photography
Mulberry Gap Mountain Biking. Photo by Joe Cattoni, Regular Joe Photography

Camp under the stars or stay in a cozy cabin. Either way, you'll swap trail stories around the campfire, get a belly full of home-cooked goodness, and experience the thrill rides of a lifetime.

Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail begins, or ends, depending upon one's point of view, at Springer Mountain in northwest Georgia. - Tom Stone via Flickr

The Appalachian Trail begins, or ends, depending upon one's point of view, at Springer Mountain in northwest Georgia. - Tom Stone via Flickr

As legendary as it is long, the Appalachian Trail begins atop Springer Mountain and cuts through North Georgia's scenic wilderness. The challenging Georgia section meanders along mountain streams, climbs to Georgia's highest elevation, and offers panoramic views for 80 miles.

At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Photo by Seth Berry Photography via Flickr
At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Photo by Seth Berry Photography via Flickr

Begin or end your trek at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville for an unforgettable treat! Known for the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, the park also hosts backpacking guests at a secluded inn for hikers only. Len Foote Hike Inn is one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly lodging with bunkrooms, family-style meals, and a refreshing laidback atmosphere.  

Georgia's only backcountry eco-lodge, The Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville
Georgia's only backcountry eco-lodge, The Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville
Published: July 2018
Written by: Candy Cook