The state of Georgia is most commonly recognized for its juicy peaches and southern hospitality. However, Georgia's rich history, gorgeous scenery, the abundance of state parks, and wildlife refuges are often overlooked.
With the Appalachian mountains peeking into the northern border, hundreds of waterfalls, and 26 significant lakes scattered throughout the state, Georgia makes for the best camping.
Camping can be the perfect vacation for those desiring to venture into the wild or relax by a fire. Whether Georgia camping is the main objective or a rest stop along your travels, you won't be disappointed after pitching your tent. The "Peach State" is a geographic masterpiece; no matter where you turn, adventure is around the corner.
Since Georgia's vibrant landscapes and endless activities are bountifully dispersed throughout the state, choosing a campground can be difficult. Therefore, we have gathered a list of the 35 best campgrounds in each region. Keep reading to find camping spots of every shape and size filled with family activities, the best fishing, and amenities.
1. Bald Mountain Camping Resort
In the heart of Hiawassee, you will find a resort that some call "a little slice of heaven in the mountains."
Bald Mountain offers nearly 300 RV, tent, and cabin sites surrounded by mountainous woods and colorful landscapes. If staying at the resort, you can expect to find playgrounds, a game room, a basketball and volleyball court, a baseball field, a pool, and mini golf.
Additionally, in the center of the resort, a private 3-acre lake is available for fishing, pedal boarding, and sunbathing. Nearby attractions include the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, the Southern Water Trails, and Bell Mountain.
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2. Fort Yargo State Park
Fort Yargo is one of Georgia's most popular state park campgrounds and consists of over 1,800 explorable acres. Since you can reserve cottages, yurts, tent/trailer, and RV sites, Fort Yargo is great for any type of camper. During your stay, you can access bike rentals, boating docks, disc golf, fishing, mini golf, kayaking, canoeing, and more.
Besides the various activities, many travelers choose Fort Yargo because of its rich Native American history, 20 miles of hiking trails, and a 260-acre lake. Just a short drive outside the park, you will find fun activities like the Colleen O. Williams Theater and the Barrow County Museum.
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3. Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Mountain is a 4,000-acre state park located in Chatsworth. This park is named after its historic rock wall that stretches 885 feet along its peak. So naturally, this rock wall attracts many climbing enthusiasts.
Fort Mountain campground provides its guests with 27 miles of bike trails, 25 miles of hiking, and 25 miles of horse trails. However, if you are not much of a trail explorer, you can still enjoy the park's playground, gift shop, stone fire tower, mini golf, and a 17-acre lake. On the lake, you are free to swim, fish, paddleboard, canoe, and kayak.
Fort Mountain State Park offers cottage, pioneer, tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as many shelters and picnic areas. In addition, campers enjoy heading into town to tour the historical 19th-century Chief Vann House.
4. Trackrock Campground and Cabins
Trackrock campground is an equestrian-focused, Appalachian Botanical Sanctuary located in Blairsville. When making your reservation, you can choose from luxury cabins near the lake or tent and RV sites.
Upon arrival, you will quickly discover that Trackrock provides a homey atmosphere with its group fire pit, chapel, and friendly staff.
Some fun activities you can participate in at the campground are volleyball, hiking, swimming, fishing, horseshoes, and horseback riding. Additionally, the children are sure to stay entertained at the on-site playground and game room.
Many campers love Trackrock Campground because it is small and secluded but offers big fun for everyone whether they want to visit horses or relax on a beach. Popular nearby activities include visiting Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm and Pappys Trading Post.
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5. Tallulah Gorge State Park
This park is named after the 2-mile-long, 1000 feet deep Tallulah Gorge canyon located within. For some, the main attraction is adventuring over the 200-foot sway bridge that hangs 80 feet over the rocky canyon bottom.
However, some travelers visit to experience Victorian history at the park's Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. Needless to say, there is an activity to enjoy for all visitors.
Tallulah Gorge offers standard tent and RV sites in addition to Backcountry Adirondack Shelters and pioneer sites. The campground includes 2,739 acres to explore, a 63-acre lake with a beach, and gorge overlooks.
When it comes to activities, you can choose from archery, swimming, fishing, tennis, ranger programs, canyon clubs, and 20 miles of hiking and biking trails.
6. Hickey Gap Campground
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Hickey gap is your typical "middle of nowhere" campground and is primarily used by those just passing through. The nearest town is bout 12 miles southwest of the campground. Campers will be able to find gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants in Chatsworth.
The five RV and seven tent sites are free to the public and available on a first come, first-serve basis. Luckily, few know of this hidden gem, so finding an open tent platform shouldn't be an issue.
Upon arrival, you will notice that the small campground is nestled along Mill Creek trout stream, making it the perfect spot for anglers. Additionally, hiking and biking trails are throughout the area.
7. Doll Mountain Campground
Doll Mountain Campground is located right in the middle of Carters Lake, making these sites desirable to watercraft owners and inland sea lovers.
Popular water activities include boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and jet-skiing. Of course, other activities are available too, such as hiking and visiting the playground.
Doll Mountain has 26 tent and 39 RV sites available. Many campers appreciate this location for its spacious sites and calm environment.
You will also find an amphitheater, laundry room, sports field, and recreation area on site. Off-site, you may enjoy apple picking at R & A orchards or hiking through the Fort Mountain State Park.
8. Elijah Clark State Park
Elijah Clark Is a 447-acre state park boarding the 71,100-acre Clark Hills Lake. If considering this campground, you get to choose between 20 cottages, 172 tent/RV sites, ten walk-in sites, and one pioneer site.
Many of the sites available at this state park are located along the ledges and shores of the lake. Staying at the Elijah Clark State Park allows you access to the beach, archery, paddling rentals, mini golf, cornhole, a playground, and the log cabin museum.
Additionally, many other creeks and lakes with varying fish species are located throughout the nearby area. Many families say the Elijah Clark campground is the best swimming and fishing spot in Eastern Georgia.
9. Lake Winfield Campground
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Winfield is another campground located along the 71,000-acre Clark Hills Lake. However, Winfield is located opposite Elijah Clark and has nearly double the number of sites. Along the lake shore, you will find 175 tent, 175 RV, and 20 cabin sites available.
At the campground, you can expect most of your time enjoying the water. Swimming, fishing, boating, and personal watercraft are allowed. Beaches and a playground are also available to campers.
What makes Winfield campground a popular option is the many nearby attractions. A short drive outside the grounds will bring you to museums, zoos, art galleries, and the annual Master's Golf Tournament hosted by The Augusta National Golf Club.
10. Mistletoe State Park Campground
Mistletoe Campground, located in Appling, is home to some of the best bass fishing in Georgia and is known for its many summer programs. Some popular program activities include astronomy, nature walks, and live concerts. Also, bike riders may join the parks Muddy Spoke club.
At Mistletoe State Park, you can choose from 10 cottages, 93 tent/RV, and three backcountry sites. You can also reserve picnic shelters, a fisherman's cabin with a private dock, and a beach house that seats up to 75 people. In addition, many campers spend their day bird watching, hiking, paddling, and at the McDuffie PFA & Hatchery.
11. Magnolia Springs State Park Campground
Magnolia Springs is known for the 7 million gallons of crystal clear springs that flow daily. Visitors enjoy viewing alligators, turtles, and other wildlife while venturing across the springs boardwalk.
This thousand-acre campground offers nine cottages, 26 tent/RV sites, and three walk-in sites. Some fun activities other than fishing and hiking are archery, paddling, geocaching, and spending time at the splash pad or Ohoopee Dunes. Some fun local activities include visiting the state park aquarium or CT Heart Farms.
12. Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park Campground
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In Reidsville, right between the Gordonia Altamaha Lake and gold course, you will find this quaint 29-site campground. In addition to the typical campsites, eight cottages and one walk-in site are available.
This camp is well loved for its close proximity to local shops, 662 acres to explore, and various on-site activities. Some activities include miniature golf, hiking, boat rental, wildlife watching, watersports, and fishing.
Many campers go to Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park when they desire a peaceful getaway free. The many outdoor swings by the lake, picnic areas, and pristine beach make for a relaxing trip.
If you decide to venture into town, you may enjoy shopping at A Backward Glance or listening to live music at Market Square.
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13. George L Smith State Park Campground
George L Smith is another small campground packed full of fun. This park provides guests with 412 acres of lake to fish, explore and camp alongside. The sites available are eight cottages, 24 tent/RV, one pioneer, and four primitives.
Hiking, water activities, and wildlife watching are popular; however, this park is famous for other reasons. At George L Smith, campers have the opportunity to explore the beautiful cypress and tupelo trees that are laden with Spanish moss.
Additionally, this campground is home to the Historic Covered Bridge & Mill. Guests may hike from their site or park in a nearby lot to venture under the bridge.
14. Bobby Brown Park
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Bobby Brown park in Elberton is a scenic campground along Clark Hills Lake. Guests may select from over 50 tent/RV lake front sites or choose to stay in the Danny Burt Yurt Village or Petersburg cabin.
The park's yurt village is usually the main attraction. However, Bobby Brown Park offers a wide variety of activities for the entire family. Spend your day at the playground, fishing, boating, playing disc golf, or at the 3-D archery range. The park also hosts many special events that are both fun and educational.
Some local activities include golfing at Arrowhead Pointe, catching an act at the Elbert Theatre, and learning to shoot at the Elbert County Gun club.
15. Valdosta Oaks RV Park
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Near the Florida state line, in Lowndes County, you will find Valdosta Oaks. This Scenic campground is primarily used for RV guests and has 100 recreational vehicle sites.
However, six tent sites and one group site are also present. With Valdosta being so close to Florida and having the highway next door, this campground is best for getting some rest amidst their trip.
South Georgia Motorsports Park, Wild Adventures Theme Park, Moody Airforce Base, and various gold courses and restaurants are nearby.
At the Campground, you can expect to spend your time playing outdoor games and relaxing near the fire. When heading into town, be sure to take the kids to Jump'n Jacks 4 Kids or Jungle Jyms Family Fun Center.
16. Wanee Lake Golf and RV Resort
This beautiful campground is a local hotspot for campers, golfers, and anglers. The stocked 7-acre Lake provides guests and Ashburn residents with prime fish species variety. Also, the 18-hole golf course is located along the lake, making the game challenging for its players.
At Wanee Lake Golf and RV, you can choose from 30 RV and 30 tent sites. Guests are free to swim in the pool, play on the full-size tennis court, or drink at the full-featured clubhouse. Outside of the grounds, visitors will find many high-quality restaurants, a local zoo, music venues, and countless creeks and ponds.
17. Sugar Mill RV Park
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Sugar Mill, also known as "Georgia's finest and friendliest," is one of the souths favorite campgrounds. This RV park offers 131 tent or RV sites and a few cabins.
What makes Sugar Mill great is the friendly atmosphere. Guests can participate in a community bonfire at the large clubhouse, gather around the piano, and picnic under a gazebo.
Some events to expect at the campground are quarter hotdog night, live country music, ice cream socials, potluck dinners, and game nights. Additionally, Sugar Mill has three stocked ponds, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and an exchange library.
Outside the grounds, you may enjoy partaking in some wine tastings at Farmers Daughters Vineyard or visiting the Thomasville History Center.
18. Tifton KOA Journey
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KOA Journey in Tifton is a 65-site campground known for its groves of pecan trees and quiet setting. The campground offers tent and RV sites, teepees, and cabins. All areas are within walking distance of the community fire pit, outdoor games, the lake, and the pond.
KOA guests are encouraged to take a stroll or drive through the many pine and pecan tree-covered nature trails. Other activities include swimming in the saltwater pool, paddle boarding, fishing, golf cart riding, and playing at the playground.
This campground is unique because it offers complimentary breakfast, wifi, cable, a fitness center, and an on-site chicken farm with fresh eggs.
19. Stephen C Foster State Park
Stephen C Foster is a small 120-acre campground located at the entrance of the infamous
. This National wildlife refuge covers 402,000 acres and is home to alligators, black bears, ibis, deer, wood stork, and more. If interested in wildlife viewing, you can sign up for a guided boat tour.
Select from nine cottages, 63 tent/RV sites, one pioneer site, and the Suwannee River Eco-Lodge. You can spend time hiking, fishing, paddling, bird watching, and boating on the grounds.
Star gazers and astronomers claim that Stephen C Foster Park is one of the best places to view the night sky. Although the nearest town is ten miles north of the swamp, plenty of activities, attractions and restaurants are available.
20. Seminole State Park
Seminole is a 604-acre state park located on the 37,500-acre Seminole Lake. Visitors can choose between 14 cottages, 50 tent/RV sites, or a screened treehouse. Additionally, four picnic shelters and a group shelter with a max capacity of 200 are also available for rental.
Seminole campers spend their time tubing, skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing at the lake. The nature trails are also popular daytime activities. Visitors may spot alligators, bald eagles, osprey, and gopher tortoise burrows along the route.
In addition, hunters may stop by the wildlife management areas for duck and deer hunting approval. If you travel to town, you will find many shops, restaurants and salons.
21. General Coffee State Park
General Coffee State Park, also known as Georgia's "best-kept secret." The park's agricultural history can be seen at Heritage Farm, Corn Crib, Tobacco Barn, and Cane Mill. Additionally, many guests enjoy visiting the goat, sheep, pigs, donkeys, and chickens at the park's farm.
When making a reservation, you may select from four cottages, 50 tent/RV, four equestrian, four backcountry, two pioneer, and ten dry campsites.
Accommodations also include the Burnham house and a 19th-century cabin. In addition, you can enjoy over thirteen miles of equestrian trail, seventeen miles of river, a ball field, and an outdoor amphitheater at the camp.
22. Chehaw Campground
In the middle of 800 acres of pines, you find the relaxing Chehaw Campground. Choose from 40 RV sites, 18 tent sites, and unlimited primitive sites. For glampers, fully furnished luxurious camper cabins with full kitchens and cozy beds are available.
At the campground, you may participate in many events such as the Cub's program, Tadpole time, RC race, and Tricera tots. Activities like disc golf, fishing, riding the RC track, and visiting the zoo are included in your stay. Additionally, children love Chehaw's play and splash water park, one of the largest in western Georgia.
23. Cloudland Canyon State Park Campground
On the western edge of Outlook Mountain, you find Cloudland Canyon campground, one of the most scenic parks in the state. Campers enjoy two cascading waterfalls, Canyon views, and over 3,000 acres of nearby mountains.
Visitors may stay at any of the 16 cottages, 72 tent, trailer, and RV sites, 30 walk-in sites, ten yurts, and 13 backcountry sites.
Guests have access to a comfort station, year-round fishing pond, playground, and picnic shelter within the facility. Additionally, various other state parks and historical sites are nearby.
24. Southern Trails RV Resort
Southern Trails has been rated Georgia's number one value campground for its peaceful atmosphere and endless activities.
Campers may select from over 230 tent or RV sites year-round. This Southwestern campground is secluded yet conveniently located near many shops and restaurants.
Southern Trails guests have free rein over activities like basketball, horseshoes, swimming, fishing, bingo, cards, mini golf, and the playground. Pecan orchards are also available for pick-your-own harvesting.
Popular local attractions include the Aviation Museum, Sam Shortline Excursion, The Little Grand Canyon, and the Museum of Arts and Science.
25. R Shaefer Heard Campground
Shaefer Heard is located on a peninsula projecting into the man-made Westpoint Lake. Campers may choose between 117 tent and RV sites on or near the water. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis, but you may secure your desired spot beforehand.
You may visit the amphitheater, playground, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and swimming sites at the park. Other activities include fishing, boating, and hiking on nature trails. Outside the grounds, you can find attractions like the Hawkes Children's Library, River's Bend Winery and Vineyard, and the New Horizon Theatre.
26. FD Roosevelt State Park Campground
FDR State Park is the largest in Georgia, spanning over 9,000 acres, and is considered a "hiker's paradise." The park offers the famous 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail.
Traveling this winding trail will bring visitors across creeks, past waterfalls, and through thousands of hardwood and pine trees.
Reservations can be made for one of 21 cottages, 115 tent/RV sites, 16 backcountry sites, and five pioneer sites. Amenities include a swimming pool, playground, gift shop, outdoor fitness equipment, and the Roosevelt stables. Some activities include birding, fishing, geocaching, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing, and scouting.
Additionally, you can visit the Wild Animal Safari and Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens if you go to town.
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27. Blanton Creek Park Georgia Power
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In the Pine Mountains of Georgia, you find the Blanton Creek campground that offers 28 RV, 23 tent, and many primitive sites.
Georgia Power manages many scenic lakes that are popular for their various fish species. Boat ramps, fishing piers, and the Lake Oliver marina are conveniently located around the park for easy fishing access.
Some park amenities include a playground, bath house, and pavilions. Popular camp activities are hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. Outside the Blanton Creek campground, travelers can visit the Callaway Resort and Gardens, Wild Animal Safari, Butts Mill Farm, and Chipley Village.
28. Lake Pines RV Park & Campground
Lake Pines is situated on 20 acres of pine-filled woods and is known for being a great family campground. Visitors may choose from over 100 spacious tent and RV sites. Primitive camping sites are also available on a first come, first serve basis.
Lake Pines offers campers amenities such as a swimming pool, walking trails, a horseshoe pit, and a large playground. Well-loved nearby attractions are whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee River, the National Infantry Museum, and Blue Heron Ziplining.
29. High Falls State Park Campground
This 1,050-acre park is named after the cascading high falls on the Towaliga River. In the early 1800s, High Falls was a thriving industrial area that would later become a ghost town when a major railway was developed throughout.
Now, the park is a popular campground accompanied by many ghost stories. Campers may choose between six yurts, 97 tent/RV sites, and many pioneer sites scattered along a 650-acre lake.
In addition, visitors will find boat ramps and launches, nature trails, miniature golf, picnic areas, a playground, and a swimming pool within the facilities.
Nearby attractions include the Indian Springs State Park and the Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site.
30. Forsyth KOA Journey
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Halfway between Macon and Atlanta, you find Forsyth KOA Journey in the heart of Georgia. This campground is surrounded by many popular regional attractions, lively villages, waterfalls, and rivers.
Prospective campers can choose from 131 tent/RV sites, ten tent-only sites, and 12 camper cabins. This family-oriented campground has many kid-friendly activities available.
A playground, mini golf, fishing, and the mining for treasures rock and mineral sluicing will keep your group entertained. Other amenities include a pavilion, KampK9®, a pool, snack bar, and bike rentals.
Additionally, Forsyth campground offers clubs for motorcyclists, military members, and RV owners.
31. Lake Sinclair Recreation Area
Lake Sinclair is a small campground offering 44 tent sites and 6 RV sites that are situated along the lake. Sites are obtained on a first come, first serve basis and are available year-round.
The campground is located in a secluded area that is perfect for nature lovers. The nearest town is eight miles away, and you will find shopping and restaurant options there.
Lake Sinclair is 15,330 acres long with 417 miles of shoreline. The area is perfect for hiking, birdwatching, fishing, boating, swimming, and watercraft sports.
In addition, campers spend their day exploring nearby attractions like the Lockerly Arboretum, Andalusia, The Plaza Arts Center, and multiple wildlife centers and museums.
32. Safe Haven RV Park
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Safe Haven is another small campground perfect for those passing through and needing a place to rest. The park offers 36 sites that are compatible with RVs and tents. Although this campground has no fancy events or amenities, a well-maintained, fully stocked fishing pond is available.
Campers often explore nearby attractions throughout the day and then relax near the fire at night. Some day activities are the Warner Robins Aviation Museum, The Allman Brothers Band Museum, the Ocmulgee National Monument, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Many restaurants, shopping centers, and parks are also short distances from the camp.
33. Whitewater Creek Park
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Located outside of Oglethorpe, this small 482-acre park offers nature-filled adventure. Whitewater Creek is open year round and provides 29 RV sites and five rustic cabins. The park cabins have two bedrooms, one full bath, central heat and air, a full kitchen, and a front porch with rocking chairs.
At the camp, you can participate in activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking, beachside grilling, and playing at the playground and splash pad. Nearby attractions include The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum, the Andersonville National Historic Site, and the Sixth Cavalry Museum.
34. Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area - Claystone
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Lake Tobesofkee campground is a central Georgia favorite because of its abundant activities, easily accessible lake, and quality campsites. When making a reservation, you may choose from 34 spacious tent or RV sites located along clean beaches and the fish-filled lake.
If you select this park for your next trip, you can expect to spend your time boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, cycling, and picnicking. Some unique campground activities include pickleball, disc golf, special events, and the Sandy Beach Waterpark. The Waterpark offers Red cross certifications, swimming lessons, a wave pool, water slides, a splash pad, and a lazy river.
Outside of the campground, visitors can check out the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, and the Amerson River Park.
35. Scenic Mountain RV Park and Campground
Scenic Mountain is a large campground named for its scenic views of the hills just south of downtown Milledgeville. The sites available for rental are three rental houses, a cottage, 60 RV/tent sites, and 20 tent-only sites.
This campground is perfect for families and even offers fun for furry guests since there is a doggy park and wash station.
Fisherman love Scenic mountain for its five stocked ponds and lake. Hikers love the park for its five hiking trails that vary in difficulty. Campers can spend their day at the pool, volleyball court, basketball court, music stage, and picnic pavilion. The best part is that your dog is welcome throughout the entire park.
Nearby attractions include the Historic Trolley Tours, the Old Governor's Mansion, and the downtown shopping area.
When it comes to Georgia camping, there is no shortage of impressive parks and grounds to choose from. Use this list to scout out your next spot, and remember to follow camping etiquette.
- Be mindful of campsite quiet time
- Never bring in outside firewood
- Leave your site in better condition than you found it
- Respect your neighbors
- Store food out of reach of wildlife
- Understand campfire safety
Don't forget to bring sunscreen, make tons of memories and have fun!