Camping in Georgia

Camping in Georgia | Ultimate Guide to Campgrounds in Georgia

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Camping in Georgia offers visitors more than just a place to pitch a tent in the woods. Georgia is home to some of the best, most exciting white water rafting, zip lines, hiking, fishing, and bike riding in the south. Oh, and the camping is awesome too—and close to just about any kind of adventure you want to have.

With 53 State Parks, one State Forest, one State Memorial, 15 State Historic Sites, one State Nature Preserve, one State Wildlife Management Area, one State Wildlife Refuge, one National Forest, one National Historic Site, nine National Wildlife Refuges, one National Recreation Area and one National Seashore, Georgia has something for anyone who wants to explore nature or history in this great state.

If you don’t visit anything else, make it a point to visit Georgia’s most famous state memorial – Stone Mountain State Memorial Park. Stone Mountain State Memorial Park. The only campground near the memorial is located just north of Atlanta. The park offers long and short-term stays and has approximately 100 sites:

Jones RV Park

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2200 Willowtrail Parkway
Norcross, GA
Phone: 770-923-0911

National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

1978 Island Ford Parkway

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Atlanta, Georgia   30350-3400

Email: CHAT_Superintendent@nps.gov

The Chattahoochee River runs for 48 miles through the National Recreation area. Visitors can take a whole whole day or just a few hours for a quick getaway from the fast pace of the city life to hike, raft, or camp.

The Chattahoochee River is sometimes muddy, sometimes clear, but always a powerful force and a magnet for those who love the outdoors and want to spend time there camping, hiking, paddling, or just relaxing at a picnic table with friends or family. For centuries people have been drawn to the river for food, transportation, and for power to sustain the mills, factories, and homes built along its banks. People now come to the Chattahoochee to float down the river, or as the locals say, “shoot the hooch.”

There are dozens of campgrounds within this recreation area—from RV sites with full amenities, to rustic tent sites. Georgia’s forests provide campground camping in many different campgrounds. Some campgrounds are more developed than others so please check out the campground’s website before making a reservation.

Chattahoochee Campground Camping Areas

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Cooper Creek Campground
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Blue Ridge Ranger District

The Blue Ridge Ranger District is the central part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The district office is on the northside of US Highway 76, 1.5 miles west of the intersection of US 76 and US 19 in the town of Blairsville, GA. These are the campgrounds in the Blue Ridge Ranger District:

Cooper Creek Recreation Area

Cooper Creek Recreation Area is located along the banks of  Cooper Creek in the North Georgia mountains. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, trout fishing, and hunting. Anglers may fish Cooper Creek and nearby Mulky Creek, both of which are trout streams for wild and stocked trout.

  • 15 camping sites.
  • Each campsite is equipped with standard amenities: a tent pad, picnic table, lantern pole, and grill.

DeSoto Falls Recreation Area

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The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located off Highway 129 just inside the National Forest boundary.  If you’re looking for a scenic spot with easy access for a weekend of camping or a quick day hike to the falls, this is your spot.  There are two waterfalls which can be easily viewed along the DeSoto Falls trails. Trout fishing is popular along Frogtown Creek which flows adjacent to the campground. A mature forest provides the perfect setting for a family recreation getaway.

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. Several campsites are located along Frogtown Creek.

  • 24 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (upper and lower).
  • Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground.
  • The lower camping loop has a warm water outdoor shower complex connected to a flush facility.
  • The upper camping loop has four chemical flush facilities.
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Deep Hole Recreation Area

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Deep Hole Recreation Area is located along the banks of a big turn in the Toccoa River just north of Suches, GA.  It’s a small campground and recreation area, but it offers big fun – including year round camping, canoeing and fishing.

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. Restroom and fishing deck are accessible to people with disabilities.

  • 8 camping sites
  • 1 vault facility (toilet)
  • canoe launch
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Dockery Lake Recreation Area

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Dockerly Lake in the fall
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This campground is nestled deep within the mountains 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA.  The recreation area offers camping, picnicking and fishing for all ages. The Dockery Lake Campground is small, but it’s located right along the banks of Dockery Lake making it a relaxing and scenic weekend site. There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground.

  • 11 camping sites (10 campsites and 1 campground host site)
  • 1 flush facility in campground and 1 vault flush facility in day use area
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Frank Gross Recreation Area

Frank Gross Recreation is a fisherman’s paradise. Located along the banks of Rock Creek in the North Georgia mountains, this recreation area offers camping and trout fishing. The entire area is well known for its trout fishing, probably because it’s located just upstream from the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery. The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery is located on Rock Creek approximately 1/4 mile downstream from Frank Gross. The facility offers an informational visitor kiosk, outdoor raceway viewing, picnicking, and an Environmental Education Center. There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. All of the sites are within easy walking distance of the creek.

  • 8 camping sites
  • 1 vault facility accessible for persons with disabilities
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Lake Winfield Scott Campground 

Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a destination recreation location offering  year-round recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking centered around the beautiful 18-acre lake.  The campground is divided into a north loop and a south loop.

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Lake Winfield Scott – lake and beach
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Would you like to spend some quiet time in the north Georgia mountains, but don’t want to pitch a tent, or don’t own an RV? It’s possible. The rustic cabin at scenic Lake Winfield Scott has two stories with each floor being one large open room. The downstairs room serves as living, dining room, and kitchen for families or groups.

  • Bathroom with shower
  • 6 twin size beds
  • 3 double size beds
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric stove
  • Microwave
  • Assorted pots and pans, utensils, plates, glasses, cups, and flatware washer and dryer

Please note that bed and bath linens are not provided. There is a wood stove in the living room and electric heater in the bathroom. Wood is not provided. There is no telephone or television. Pets are not allowed.  12 person maximum occupancy and 4 vehicles.

Group Camping

Lake Winfield Scott also offers a group camping area (4 campsites) which can accommodate up to 25 people and 8 vehicles. The group campsite shares the same sanitary facilities as the south camp loop. The group campsite cannot accommodate large RVs (tents and pop-ups only). There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the group site

  • Beach area
  • Carry down access at boat ramp
  • Showers
  • Flush and vault facilities
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Campground Camping at Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area

The Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area consists of 31 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (north and south). There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the both loops.

  • Beach area
  • Carry down access at boat ramp
  • Showers
  • Flush and vault facilities
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

The north loop is available for tent and RV camping and offers 17 sites on a first-come, first-serve basis one double site and one accessible site.

The south loop offers 14 campsites available for tent and RV camping and is available by reservation only.

Morganton Point Campground

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Morganton Point Recreation Area is the only developed campground located on the shoreline of Blue Ridge Lake, a 3,290 acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoir. Located near the town of Blue Ridge, GA, Morganton Point offers a wide arrange of recreation opportunities such as camping, picnicking, hiking, boating, skiing and fishing.

The 36 reservation sites have water and electrical hook-ups at each site, except 11 & 14 and tent walk-in sites A-F. Dump station available at the campground. Sites 31-37 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All sites are a short walk to the lake.

  • 43 sites (2 group sites, 8 tent walk-in sites)
  • Paved boat ramp with parking
  • Designated beach area with a bath house
  • Picnic area (1 covered picnic pavilion)
  • 3 flush facilities, 2 with showers
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Mulky Campground

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Located along Cooper Creek, this recreation area offers camping, hiking and fishing. The camping area is across the road from the creek, and offers 11 campsites. The Mulky Recreation Area is commonly associated with and is located within 1 mile of the popular Cooper Creek Recreation Area and features several of the same recreation opportunities.

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. All of the sites are within easy walking distance of the creek.

  • 11 campsites
  • 1 site accessible for persons with disabilities
  • 1 vault facility accessible for persons with disabilities
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area

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This very small campground is located along the banks of the Toccoa River just south of Blue Ridge, GA. This recreation area is the take-out for the 13.8 mile Toccoa River Canoe Trail. The recreation area offers camping, fishing and a canoe take-out. There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. There is no parking at the campsites, parking is across the road in the day use parking area.

  • 4 camping sites
  • 1 vault facility
  • canoe take-out
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc.)

Chattooga River District

The Chattooga River Ranger District covers 261,035 acres in the northeast part of Georgia. To the east is the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. In the central part of the district are Lake Burton, Seed Lake, and Lake Rabun where you’ll find the Rabun Beach Campground. In the western part of the district are the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through the district. There are many waterfalls across the district including the twin waterfalls of Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area.

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Cairns at Andrews Cove Campground
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Andrews Cove Campground

Only 15 minutes from the popular alpine village of Helen, Georgia, this is a wonderful campground if you want to base there and explore the area.

  • 10 camping sites
  • Paved driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic table, lantern post, etc).

Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area

This campground is located beside beautiful Lake Rabun. The recreation area offers camping, hiking, and water activities like swimming, boating and fishing.

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  • 81 Campsites (21 with electricty, majority with water )
  • On-site camp host
  • Restroom facilities with hot water showers
  • Private restrooms ADA accessible
  • Bath houses
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post,etc)
  • Dump Station
  • Access to Lake Rabun Beach
  • Access to Lake Rabun Boat Ramp

Lake Russell Recreation Area

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The Lake Russell Recreation area is situated around 100-acre Lake Russell. The area has a large grass-covered beach and swimming area as well as two paved campground loop roads for easy access to camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and boating (non-motorized/electric watercraft only). The nearest town is approximately 12 miles, or 20 minutes, to Cornelia, GA.

Loop A

  • 16 camping sites
  • 1 Conventional flush restroom.
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)
  • Easy access to the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area
  • Easy access to Lake Russell Beach
  • Access to Lake Russell boat ramp

Loop B

  • 24 camping sites.
  • 3 Conventional flush restrooms, all with hot showers
  • 1 Dump station
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).
  • Easy access to the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area
  • Easy access to the Lake Russell Beach
  • Access to Lake Russell boat ramp
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Low Gap Campground

Located within the Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area and veiled by the Mark Trail Wilderness, this campground is best known for its camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and for being located only a few miles from Georgia’s much loved vacation destination, the alpine village of Helen, Georgia.

  • 13 camping sites
  • Bear-proof food lockers at some sites
  • 1 chemical restroom facility
  • On site camp host
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

Sandy Bottoms Campground

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Book this site if you love the colors of Fall and rustic campsites. Because of the abundance of various species of hardwoods and because it is located on the shore of the Tallulah River, Sandy Bottoms provides a rustic experience for the outdoor enthusiast to camp, swim, fish and enjoy Autumn’s colors, and summers surprises.

  • 14 camping sites
  • Graveled driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern poles,etc).

Sarah’s Creek Campground

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Sarah’s Creek Campground
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Extending the same primitive feel as its neighboring Warwoman Wildlife Management Area and the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River, Sarah’s Creek campground offers a tranquil escape, a place to relax, and perhaps even catch a few fish.

  • 26 camping sites
  • 2 Restroom facilities
  • Located in the Warwoman Wildlife Management Area
  • Near the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

Tallulah River Campground

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The nearest town is approximately 30 minutes southeast in Clayton, GA.  There campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc. There are 17 large, graveled tent and/or RV sites (approx 10′ × 98′) positioned on fairly level and wooded forest land. Each site comes equipped with picnic tables, grills, and lantern poles. This pet friendly campground has 7 water spigots, a public phone, interpretive signage, restrooms accessible to those with disabilities and security. There are no RV hookups available.

 There are 3 RV pull-throughs for your convenience.

  • This campground is accessible to those with disabilities.

Good, hard-surface roads until you reach Forest Service Road 70; expect narrow gravel road that is crooked and steep in parts.

Tate Branch Campground

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Tate Branch Campground
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This developed campground is located at the junction of Tallulah River and Tate Branch in the North Georgia mountains. It’s remote, but worth the drive. In addition to its campsites, the site has 4 walk-in tent sites which allow campers and hikers to take full advantage of the area’s rustic character.

  • 14 camping sites
  • Gravel driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

Upper Chattahoochee River Campground

West Fork Campground

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Situated along the west fork of the river, this area offers isolation and adventure all in one. It’s a very small campground, so you’ll have privacy and quiet.

  • 5 walk-in camping sites
  • Graveled parking area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower and Wildcat Creek Campground #2 Upper

This campground is open all year. The winding road leading to the campground, Wildcat Road, is a curved, gravel one-lane road with turn-outs, and is not RV friendly.  The largest parking apron size is 9.5′ X 49′. Don’t let that scare you away. Both sites, are developed campgrounds. They’re just buried deep in the North Georgia Mountains west of Lake Burton and along the headwaters of Wildcat Creek. The creek is seasonally stocked with rainbow trout, and runs adjacent to the campground so bring your fishing poles.

  • There are 3 walk-in (tent camping) sites for dispersed camping
  • 16 camping sites
  • Graveled driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

Places to Visit or Explore While Camping in Georgia

National Seashore

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Georgia’s State Parks

If you just want to explore Georgia’s state parks, here’s a list to help you get started:

Alexander H Stephens Memorial State Park

Amicalola Falls State Park

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Blitch State Park

Bobby Brown State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Crooked River State Park

Elijah Clark State Park

Fairchild State Park

Florence Marina State Park

Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Yargo State Park

Franklin D Roosevelt State Park

George T Bagby State Park

General Coffee State Park

George L Smith II State Park

Gordonia Alatamaha State Park

George Washington Carver State Park

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Hamburg State Park

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Hart State Park

High Falls State Park

Indian Springs State Park

James H ‘Sloppy’ Floyd State Park

James H Floyd State Park

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park

Jekyll Island State Park Authority

John Tanner State Park

Keg Creek State Park

Kolomoki Mounds State Park

Laura S Walker State Park

Little Ocmulgee State Park

Magnolia Springs State Park

Mistletoe State Park

Moccasin Creek State Park

Nancy Hart State Park

Panola Mountain State Park

Providence Canyon State Park

Red Top Mountain State Park

Reed Bingham State Park

Richard B Russell State Park

Seminole State Park

Senoia State Park

Skidaway Island State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tugaloo State Park

Unicoi State Park

Victoria Bryant State Park

Vogel State Park

Watson Mill State Park

Whitewater State Park

State Historic Sites

Chief Vann House Historic Site

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

Fort King George Historic Site

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

Fort McAllister Historic Park

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Fort Morris Historic Site

 

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site

New Echota Historic Site

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site

Robert Toombs House Historic Site

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site

Travelers Rest Historic Site

Wormsloe Historic Site

State Nature Preserve

Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

State Wildlife Management Area

Lake Russell Wildlife Mgmt. Area

State Wildlife Refuge

Richard J Reynolds Wildlife Refuge

National Historic Site

Andersonville National Historic Site