Where to Camp in the Peach State
George is widely known for its agriculture. It is, of course, nicknamed “The Peach State,” but it’s also one of the country’s top producers of peanuts, pecans, and onions.
Georgia is also known for its southern charm, friendly people, and rich history.
No matter what your interests, you’re sure to find a reason to love visiting Georgia — and what better way to experience it than camping out and enjoying some of the gorgeous Georgia scenery? Here are our picks for the best places to camp in Georgia.
1. Seminole State Park – Donalsonville
This southwest Georgia park is on beautiful Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir with excellent boating, fishing and birding. Cottages, many campsites and even picnic shelters sit near the water’s edge, offering excellent views and quick access to the lake. Because the park surrounds a small cove, visitors usually enjoy smooth water for skiing and tubing. A sand swimming beach is also provided for lake lovers. Learn more.
2. Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Learn more.
3. DeSoto Falls Campground – Cleveland
The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located off Highway 129 just inside the National Forest boundary. The campground is a scenic spot with easy access for either a weekend of camping or a quick hike to the falls. 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. Learn more.
4. Black Rock Mountain State Park – Mountain City
Georgia’s highest state park encompasses some of the most outstanding scenery in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside overlooks provide spectacular 80-mile vistas, and four hiking trails lead visitors past wildflowers, streams, small waterfalls and lush forests. Learn more.
5. Wildcat Creek Campground – Clarkesville
Although the winding road leading to the campground is not RV friendly, the payoff of landing a night in this environment is pure delight. These developed campgrounds are buried deep in the North Georgia Mountains west of Lake Burton and along the headwaters of Wildcat Creek. The creek, seasonally stocked with rainbow trout, runs directly adjacent to the campsites and provides for an astounding setting, so be prepared to capture nature at its best, and bring your camera. On clear nights the stars appear to be just an arm’s reach away! Learn more.
6. Lake Sinclair Campground – Eatonton
Lake Sinclair Recreation Area is an ideal location for families, scout outings and church gatherings. It offers dozens of campsites and picnic areas. Its proximity to Lake Sinclair gives visitors no excuse not to enjoy the beautiful lake, which offers ample opportunity for boating, fishing and swimming. Learn more.
7. Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth
A scenic drive on Highway 52 near the Cohutta Wilderness leads visitors to this mountain getaway. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia, winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a pretty lake. Hikers can also explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. Learn more.
8. Morganton Point Recreation Area – Morganton Point
The Morganton Point Recreation Area is located in the Blue Ridge Ranger District, within the beautiful northeast Georgia mountains. Pristine water and scenic views draw visitors from around the state and region. Learn more.
9. Cumberland Island National Seashore – Saint Marys
St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. Learn more.
10. Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville
Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. Learn more.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best campgrounds in Georgia. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!