Nothing beats taking a break from the stress of work or school and craziness of everyday life. Can you think of any better way to do it than to spend it relaxing in the great outdoors? I don’t think so.
Camping can be really fun, but even more fun if the area you’ll be camping in offers an abundance of activities you can do. If you’re looking for a new place to head out for camp, look no further than there best places to camp in Georgia.
There are over 50 beautiful recreational sites in Georgia that include incredible waterfalls, lakes, marshes, and mountains, all of which are recognized and operated by the Department of Natural Resources. Better yet, they offer a variety of activities ranging all the way from fishing, horseback riding, swimming, biking, kayaking, hiking, paddling, geocaching and plain old simple camping.
Camping in Georgia doesn’t require you to be tough and rugged because the parks provide modern campsites that have showers and toilets, water, electricity, picnic tables, recreational amenities and even camp rangers for camping assistance, which if you ask me, is perfect for a trip without too much stress and worry. So why not hop on that “Midnight Train to Georgia” and check out these five best places to camp in Georgia.
Skidaway Island State Park: Skid Away To Nature
This first campsite is perfect for families who want to spend some quality time together while enjoying some fun activities. There are different ways to enjoy this state park near Savannah with your family – you have to choice of pitching a tent, bringing your RV or renting a camper cabin. For those who have never actually tried camping in an RV or camping cabin, it’s definitely something to try. You get to be one with nature without having to get to “down and dirty”.
Imagine waking up from a nice, comfortable bed, cooking breakfast in a fully functioning kitchen and then stepping out into the beautiful scenery and eating your breakfast under the sun, in a picnic table which is also available in the campsite. This campsite is surrounded by live oak and Spanish moss in the forest while nearing salt marshes and Georgia’s intercoastal waterways.
This is a great chance for you to show your kids some beautiful oak trees to help them understand the value of nature and this world. You and your family can also rent out some bikes and go for a ride on the scenic boardwalk and just enjoy the view. Or you can climb up an observation tower to check out the full degree of the nature around you.
And as a bonus for the kids, there is a reptile room and an interpretive center where they can watch some birds, deer, fidder crabs, raccoons, egrets and other wildlife. If you ask me, that’s a great way for them to learn about all kinds of creatures our earth has to offer.
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park: Water, Camping and Golf!
(162 Park Lane, Reidsville, GA 30453, http://www.gastateparks.org/GordoniaAlatamaha)
This next park is great for those who enjoy spending some tip soaked in water. This camp site surrounds Altahama River so it offers all kinds of water activities in the 12-Acre lake. One thing you can try is paddle boarding. For those not familiar, it’s like a hybrid of surfing and boating where you basically stand on top of a big surfboard and use a paddle to get around.
I remember the first time I tried it – it’s not as easy as it looks and it actually ends up as a pretty good workout, but when you finally are able to get your groove and paddle around, it is extremely fun and rewarding. If that isn’t your style and you prefer to take it a bit easy, you can take a seat and go cruising in a pedal boat instead.
If you’re looking for a challenge, the campsite also offers some fishing. My suggestion is to wake up early before the sunrise and go fishing while watching the sun rise above the horizon. Then fire up the grill and cook your fresh caught fish for breakfast or lunch. Another pretty cool and unique thing the campsite offers is the chance for you to observe a beaver dam.
Needless to say, beavers are really, really cute, but watching them build their dam really is a whole different experience. Aside from these fun water activities, you can also enjoy a round of golf with your family in the scenic Brazell’s Creek Golf Course that has 18 holes in a Par 71 layout amounting to 7,000 yards of golf course – challenging yet definitely enjoyable!
F.D. Roosevelt State Park: For country and leisure!
(2970 GA Hwy. 190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822, http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/1671-f-d-roosevelt-state-park)
Want a quick little history fact? President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to swim in the warm springs, roam, and picnic in the largest state park in Georgia.
And I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, this is where the name of the park comes from. This is basically heaven for those who want to get down and dirty with the land, real backpacker style. Not only can you go for a hike, you can also go horseback riding.
The campsite is absolutely enormous at 9,049 acres with 40 miles of trails. The 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail will leave you breathless with the beautiful scenery through hardwood, pine, creeks and small waterfalls and springs.
The best thing to do is after your hike, cool down and jump in the waterfall and spring and just relax with nature. Around the campsite, you can find cottages and the Liberty Bell Swimming Pool.
There is also a lake where you can also go fishing. And of course, to top it off, there is a life-sized sculpture to honor the President who used to hang around the campsite.
Comfy in the clouds at Cloudland Canyon State Park
(122 Cloudland Canyon Park, Rising Fawn, GA 30738, http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/890-cloudland-canyon-state-park)
For this camp, get ready to go high up and bask in the beauty of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Just as the name suggests, this unique camping grounds offers the most scenic view sitting at 800 to 1,980 feet over the western edge of Lookout Mountain.
In my experience, nothing beats falling asleep and waking up to a view high up in the clouds. This is a campsite that can be absolutely perfect for a couple who wants to go on a sweet escape. You and your lover surely shouldn’t miss this camp site as it is surrounded by beautiful vistas, various geology, gorges, sandstone, shale, waterfalls, and caves.
The camp site has an uncompromising privacy for those looking to sleep in the beautiful scenery with their special someone. Aside from the view, this campsite offers a lot of different activities.
You can go hiking, caving, and sightseeing. If you want, instead of walking around, you can also go mountain biking around the area. If you want a slightly different adventure you and your significant other can try disc golf or try your luck catching fish in a pond.
Extreme at Tallulah Gorge State Park!
(338 Jane Hurt Yam Dr., Tallulah Falls, GA 30573, http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/4497-tallulah-gorge-state-park)
And once again, if you’re into water adventures and activities, this last one is for you! Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most awesome camp sites in Georgia with two miles and 1,000 feet of jagged, beautiful geological formation and five remarkable waterfalls that house various species of animals.
There are a lot of activities to choose from. Aside from your regular camping activities of sightseeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, you can also go kayaking.
Another unique thing about this campsite is that you can also grab a racket and play tennis. Or you can channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and try your skills with a bow and arrow. Campers can hike around through the trails and the gorge floor if a permit has been granted.
For you more extreme campers, there is a suspension bridge in the site that hangs at 80 feet above the rocky floor to view the river and waterfalls. Mountain bikers also have access to a challenging 10-mile trail.
For children and those who just want a leisurely stroll, there is a paved trail beside a railroad bed. The Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center also shows the history of the area as well as the rich ecosystem and biodiversity of the campsite, so you can even learn while you’re on this trip.
So there you have it! If you’re heading out to Georgia or looking for a new place to go camping, drop by these campsites and enjoy all the activities they offer. Camping in Georgia offers a lot of fun activities, beautiful scenery, and different experiences for you and your family or special someone.
These 5 camping grounds are run by and are under the responsibility of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources so you can be assured that these state parks are safe, preserved and top of the line.
For more information on camping in Georgia, you can go to www.gastateparks.org. If you are planning to go camping and enjoyed this article don’t hesitate to like and share this post, then come back and tell us about your experiences in these campsites in Georgia.