The 20 Best Campgrounds in Georgia to Visit

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[Updated December 30, 2023] As a kid growing up in a lower-middle class family in North Georgia, camping and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains were our primary travel adventures. 

From a multi-day trek on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and a memorable school trip to the Okefenokee Swamp to family getaways in Cloudland Canyon, these trips instilled my deep love of nature and wildlife

North Georgia was my primary stomping grounds, but there are 40+ Georgia State Parks that offer camping in tents, RVs, and/or yurts, with 84,000 acres of wilderness to explore. 

And that doesn’t include the countless Georgia camping options connected to the Chattahoochee National Forest, Cohutta Wilderness, Corps of Engineers, and privately-owned campgrounds.

There are even some cool campgrounds in metro Atlanta, which offer a tranquil escape to nature without leaving a city of 6+ million people! 

Read on for our in-depth guide to the 20 best campgrounds in Georgia, including an overview of available campsites, campground amenities, and things to do nearby.

READ MORE: The 10 Best National Parks in Georgia to Visit

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Best Campgrounds in Georgia Guide

(Arranged Geographically)

  1. Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge
  2. Black Rock Mountain State Park Campground
  3. Cloudland Canyon State Park Campground
  4. Fort Mountain State Park
  5. Lake Conasauga Campground
  6. Moccasin Creek State Park
  7. Tallulah Gorge State Park
  8. Vogel State Park Campground
  9. Don Carter State Park
  10. Fort Yargo State Park
  11. Panola Mountain State Park Campground
  12. Red Top Mountain State Park
  13. Stone Mountain Park Campground
  14. Rivers End Campground and RV Park
  15. Skidway Island State Park
  16. Dames Ferry Park
  17. Forsyth KOA Journey
  18. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refugee
  19. Sea Camp Campground
  20. Tifton KOA Journey

READ MORE: Top 20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

Campgrounds in North Georgia

Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville GA
Amicalola Falls in Autumn, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

1. Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

Amicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville GA • (706) 344-1500 • Official Website

Encased in the Chattahoochee National Forest and just 8 miles from the Appalachian Trail, Amicalola Falls State Park has tons of recreation opportunities to go along with its breathtaking 729-foot North Georgia waterfall.

It also has some of the best camping in Georgia. 

The campground at Amicalola Falls sits atop a steep incline, with easy sites for RVs to pull or back into. All Amicalola campsites are equipped with a tent pad, water, power, a table, and a fire pit with a grill.  

They also have a newly renovated comfort station and laundry room, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms and showers, and paved walking paths in the campgrounds.

In addition to RV and tent camping, the park also has glamping sites, a 57-room resort-like lodge, as well one-, two-, and three-bedroom cabins for rent.

READ MORE: The 25 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

Camping sites Georgia - Black Rock Mountain State Park
Black Rock Mountain State Park Visitor Center Overlook, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

2. Black Rock Mountain State Park Campground

3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway, Clayton GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

The Black Rock Mountain State Park Campground is one of our favorite options for anyone hoping to experience North Georgia camping at its finest. 

With an altitude of 3,640 feet, this is the highest state park in Georgia, located near the heart of Downtown Clayton GA.

This park offers an abundance of activities, including hiking trails, fishing Black Rock Lake, and an excellent Appalachian Mountains living history attraction, the Firefox Museum. 

For a classic North Georgia Campgrounds experience, they offer 44 trailer, RV, and tent campsites and 12 walk-in campsites. Each drive-in site includes a picnic table, grill, fire ring, and electricity hookups. 

There’s also a pioneer campground that can accommodate up to 50 people in four Adirondack-style buildings with bunks, shower facilities, electricity, a grill, and picnic tables

READ MORE: The 15 Best North Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Georgia mountain campground -Foggy morning at Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins
Foggy morning at Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

3. Cloudland Canyon State Park Campground

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

Offering over 3,500 acres of dynamic terrain to explore, Cloudland Canyon State Park has stunning scenic views and another one of our favorite North GA campgrounds.

With sandstone cliffs, caves, 1,000-foot-deep canyons, and woodlands, this Northwest Georgia park has endless opportunities for adventure. 

There are several different camping options available, including 72 drive-up campsites, 30 walk-in sites, 10 yurts, cabins, pioneer campsites, and backcountry campsites.

All drive-up campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents have water and electricity hookups, picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. Walk-in sites have no electricity, but they do have water, restrooms, and showers.  

Cloudland Canyon offers lots of fun things to do, including waterfalls, hiking trails, horseback riding trails, mountain biking trails, a disc gold course, and fishing opportunities.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Things to Do in Summerville GA

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Fort Mountain State Park Cabins, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

4. Fort Mountain State Park

181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

With the sheer number of Georgia campgrounds, it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth exploring.

But Fort Mountain State Park near Ellijay GA is a must-see, especially when the fall colors in Georgia are peaking. 

The park has 70 tent, trailer, and RV campsites to choose from, all with electricity and water hookups. Each of these sites also has a fire ring, grill, and a picnic table that guests are welcome to use. 

There are also 4 walk-in campsites, 3 pioneer campsites, 4 backcountry campsites, and 6 platform campsites. They also 15 spacious cottages, which are fully furnished with kitchen appliances and AC/heat. 

Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and mountain biking are just a few of the fun activities that can be enjoyed at this state park. And don’t miss the historic CCC Tower at the top of Fort Mountain!

READ MORE: The 10 Best Restaurants in Ellijay GA for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Lake Conasauga Recreation Area
Photo courtesy of Explore Georgia

5. Lake Conasauga Campground 

Conasauga Lake Rd, Chatsworth GA • (706) 695-6737 • Official Website

Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest just west of Ellijay, beautiful Lake Conasauga is home to one of the best campgrounds in GA. 

At 3,150 feet above sea level, Lake Conasauga is the highest of the lakes in North Georgia’s mountains.  

Visitors can enjoy activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing for bluegill, trout, and bass. But note that only non-motorized boats are welcome on Lake Conasauga.

Located near Grassy Mountain, their campgrounds make a great base for exploring the Cohutta Wilderness. All 31 campsites here include picnic tables, a grill, and lantern posts.

The costs for camping at Lake Conasauga are only $15 a night. But the North GA campground is available by reservation only, so be sure to call before you arrive!

READ MORE: The 20 Best Things to Do in Ellijay GA & Gilmer County

Harley Davidson at Moccasin Creek State Park Campground by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett
Harley Davidson at Moccasin Creek State Park Campground by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

6. Moccasin Creek State Park 

3655 Highway 197, Clarkesville GA • (706) 947-3194 • Official Website

Moccasin Creek State Park is located in the mountains near Clayton GA, on the shores of the 2,800-acre Lake Burton. The small park is just 32 acres, offering GA camping adventures centered around water-based recreation.

Park amenities include a picnic shelter, boat dock/ramp, ADA-accessible fishing pier, wildlife observation tower, and a playground. It’s also near several other state parks, such as Black Rock Mountain and Tallulah Gorge.

Despite its diminutive size, Moccasin Creek ranks among the best camping spots in Georgia in terms of natural beauty. It has 53 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, and the campground has a shower block, laundry facility, and a trading post.

The primary activities in the park are fishing (the creek and lake are stocked regularly), boating, hiking, kayaking (rentals available), and picnicking.

READ MORE: The 40 Best Camping Gifts and Hiking Gifts

Tallulah Gorge State Park Camping in North GA
Photo courtesy of GA State Parks

7. Tallulah Gorge State Park

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls GA • (706) 754-7979 • Official Website

Despite having mostly strenuous hiking trails, Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the busier state parks in Georgia.

The two-mile long, (nearly) 1000-foot deep canyon is just too beautiful to miss. There’s also multiple waterfalls, and a 63-acre lake with a sandy beach to boot.

These attractions make this one of the most popular campgrounds in GA, with just 52 campsites. Tent, trailer and RV sites are all available, but campers should make reservations well in advance.

There’s also a pioneer campground and a handful of backcountry campsites that won’t have all of the modern amenities of most campsites in Georgia.

Activities in the park include rock climbing, hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, picnicking, geocaching, and tennis. There’s also a suspension bridge that offers great views of the gorge and waterfalls.

READ MORE: The 15 Coolest Covered Bridges in Georgia

camping in ga, vogel state park
Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park, photo by Rachael Seeley

8. Vogel State Park Campground

405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA • (706) 745-2628 • Official Website

One of the oldest state parks in GA, Vogel State Park in Blairsville is widely considered one of the best options if you’re looking to go camping in Georgia. 

There are 90 different campsites for tents, RVs, and trailers, all with water and electric hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, and gravel pads. 

For those seeking a bit for more comfort, there are 34 Vogel State Park cabins for rent, with options ranging from one to two bedrooms. Many of the cabins offer stunning views of Lake Trahlyta.

There’s also a pioneer campground that can accommodate up to 50 people. 

Vogel State Park has myriad activities for visitors to enjoy, including visiting Trahlyta Falls, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and exploring 17 miles of the best hiking trails in North Georgia.

READ MORE: The 10 Best State Parks With Cabins In Georgia

Campgrounds Near Atlanta GA

Atlanta campgrounds - Don Carter State Park Camping in GA
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9. Don Carter State Park

5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

The first Georgia state park on Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park makes for a fun day trip from Atlanta

With 38,000 acres open for exploring, Lake Lanier is one of the largest lakes in Georgia, offering water-based activities such as swimming, sailing, kayaking, and fishing.

Visitors can also explore 14.5 miles of hiking trails, as well as renting boats or jet skis from one of the 11 public marinas on the lake.

The Don Carter State Park campgrounds include 44 different tent, RV, and trailer campsites, each with electricity and water hookups, picnic tables, grills, and fire rings.

There are also 14 primitive tent campsites available here, as well as 8 two-bedroom rental cabins

READ MORE: The 10 Best Lake Houses in Georgia to Rent

Fort Yargo Georgia Yurt Camping
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10. Fort Yargo State Park

210 South Broad Street, Winder GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

Equally convenient to Atlanta and Athens, Fort Yargo State Park is accessible via GA Route 81. This 1,800-acre park has a nearly 300-acre lake with a public beach.

The park features a log fort built in 1792 to protect European settlers from the native Creek and Cherokee. Today Fort Yargo is a mecca of recreation, with over 20 miles of Georgia hiking trails, a disc golf course, fishing, boating, and mountain biking.

They have 17 cottages and 6 yurts for rent, as well as a 47-site campground, 12 walk-in campsites, and a pioneer campground.

Their beach pavilion can seat 150, group shelters hold up to 100, and the event room can handle 62 people. So, in addition to being one of the best places to camp in Georgia, Fort Yargo is also a popular spot for weddings and private events. 

READ MORE: The 20 Best Hiking Trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Atlanta campgrounds - Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain State Park, photo by Ralph Daniel courtesy of

11. Panola Mountain State Park Campground

2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge GA • (770) 389-7801 • Official Website 

Located less than 20 miles from the heart of Atlanta, the 1,635-acre Panola Mountain State Park is relatively small, but beautiful, with scenic views that seem to stretch for miles.

Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of fun activities, including an archery range, playground, fishing, hiking trails, and more. 

Panola Mountain has a total of 5 hike-in primitive campsites with picnic tables to choose from, all of which are located by Scout Lake and offer fire pits and fantastic views.

Note that there are no drive-up campsites available here, meaning there’s no electrical or water hookups, nor is there any plumbing. 

So we recommend that only more experienced campers should consider camping at Panola Mountain State Park, and make sure to bring all your essential gear!

READ MORE: The 10 Hiking Essentials Packing List 

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Red Top Mountain State Park Cabins, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

12. Red Top Mountain State Park

50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website

Red Top Mountain State Park is located on beautiful Lake Allatoona, where our family has kept our pontoon boat docked for 13+ years now

I’ve spent more time camping here than anywhere else, because it’s one of my favorite lakes in Georgia.  

The campgrounds offer 93 different trailer, tent, and RV campsites to choose from, with most of them having water and electricity hookups.

Their pioneer campsite is also great for tent camping, with a water spigot, three picnic tables, direct access to the lake, and a fire ring. 

They also have yurts that can accommodate up to 6 people (and have heating and electricity), as well as 20 recently renovated cabins for those averse to “roughing it.”  

READ MORE: The 15 Best Lakes in Georgia to Visit

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13. Stone Mountain Park Campground

4003 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain GA • (800) 385-9807 • Official Website 

Stone Mountain Christmas is one of our favorite winter attractions. But Stone Mountain Park is a great place for camping in Georgia during the other 3 seasons.

Their campgrounds are surrounded by 3,200 acres of natural beauty. They offer 125 tent campsites with water/electricity hookups or 46 primitive campsites, both with either a lake view or forest view. 

There are 250 RV sites and a few yurt rentals available. Each yurt can accommodate up to 8 guests, and has heating, air, and comfy furniture. 

The Stone Mountain campground also features canvas safari tents with electrical outlets, wooden flooring, and furniture. They can house up to 4 guests, and are especially fun for families with children. 

A swimming pool, playground, free WIFI, and laundry facilities have all helped to make this one of the most popular campgrounds in Atlanta.

READ MORE: The 20 Best Hiking Trails In Atlanta GA (& Hikes Near Atlanta)

Campgrounds Near Savannah GA

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14. Rivers End Campground and RV Park

5 Fort Ave, Tybee Island, GA • (912) 786-5518 • Official Website

From Cumberland Island and Jekyll Island to Savannah and Skidaway Island State Park, beach camping in Georgia is a fun experience you’ll never forget.

Rivers End Campground & RV Park is located on Tybee Island, just 16 miles east of Savannah GA.

There are 7 drive-up campsites (including water and electricity hookups) and 9 primitive campsites to choose from, each of which has picnic tables and fire pits for visitors to enjoy. 

RV sites are in greater abundance at Rivers End. There are 54 standard full hookup sites that accommodate RVs, trailers, and pop-up campers, and 32 preferred full hook-up sites that are more spacious. 

Additionally, the campground has 8 cabins that can house up to 6 people, with two of these being pet-friendly cabin rentals.

READ MORE: The 25 Best Places to Visit in Georgia

camping near savannah ga, skidway island state park
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15. Skidaway Island State Park

52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website 

If you’re looking for great Savannah GA campgrounds, a visit to Skidaway Island State Park should be at the top of your list.

With miles of nature trails through salt marshes and maritime forests, this 588-acre state park is 15 miles from the city of Savannah, with some of Georgia’s best beaches just a short drive away.

Visitors can choose between 87 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, all with picnic tables, fire rings, and water/ electricity hookups. There are also 3 pioneer campsites that can house up to 30 people. 

Camper cabins are also available, as are yurts. Both options come furnished, and have heating and cooling abilities for a more comfortable stay. 

Hiking is the most popular activity at this Savannah campground, with 6 miles of trails to explore. There are also two different playgrounds for kids to enjoy. 

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Campgrounds Near Macon GA

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16. Dames Ferry Park

9546 GA Hwy. 87, Juliette GA • (800) 864-7275 • Official Website 

If you’re looking for campgrounds near Macon GA, Dames Ferry Park is located 16 miles from Downtown Macon. It’s the only campground on the 3,600-acre Lake Juliette.

There are 30 tent, trailer, and RV campsites that visitors can choose from, all of which have electricity and water hookups and picnic tables.

Many of these campsites are also close to the lake, so there’s easy access to the water. You’ll also find two picnic shelters on site, as well as a playground for kids to enjoy. 

There’s also a boat ramp and dock on the lake that’s available for guests to use. But note that boating here is limited to 25 horsepower motors.

Fishing is a very popular activity here, with perch, redear, crappie, and largemouth bass among the most commonly caught species.

READ MORE: The 15 Best Historic Sites in Georgia

Camping in Georgia, Forsyth KOA
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17. Forsyth KOA Journey

414 S. Frontage Road, Forsyth GA • (800) 562-8614 • Official Website

Located 23 miles northwest of Macon, this is widely regarded as one of the best KOA campgrounds in Georgia.

Forsyth KOA Journey has a 4.5-star rating, and the campground offers lots of fun things to do to make everyone’s stay memorable. 

There are numerous different options for guests to choose from, with 9 basic tent sites and 14 sites that have water and electric hookups. They also have over 100 campsites with full hookups for RVs or campers.

If you prefer having a roof over your head, there are also cabins available for rent. Each of these can sleep four to five people comfortably. 

There’s a small lake on the property that’s great for fishing. And while there’s no swimming allowed in the lake, there is a swimming pool for visitors to use.

Other amenities of the Forsyth GA campground include a snack bar, mini golf, free Wifi, and bicycle rentals.

READ MORE: 10 Fun Places for Gem Mining in Georgia

Campgrounds in South Georgia

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18. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refugee

2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston GA • (912) 496-3331 • Official Website 

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a 402,000-acre haven for nature lovers that spreads across several counties in Georgia and Florida. 

It’s home to one of the wildest (and most wildlife-filled) campgrounds in South Georgia.

Camping at Okefenokee is best reserved for those with experience. Most of their campsites require a hike of 2 to 13 miles to reach them.

Okefenokee NWR camping options range from 1-night to 4-night trips, and there’s a fee of $15 per night for each camper. 

The refuge has myriad activities to enjoy, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and hunting. There are also ranger-led programs and self-guided car tours of the expansive wilderness.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Train Rides in Georgia & Georgia Railways Museums

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19. Sea Camp Campground

Cumberland Island GA • (912) 882-4336 • Official Website

The Sea Camp Campground on Cumberland Island isn’t for everyone, because it’s only accessible by boat. But, for nature lovers seeking a sense of serenity and solitude, that’s also what makes this an ideal place for camping in GA.

Note that the Sea Camp dock is a half-mile away from the campgrounds, so it’s a hike-in spot as well. In terms of amenities, it has flush toilets, drinking water, a (cold) shower, and a dish-washing sink.

Individual campsites are equipped with a fire pit with a grill and a picnic table, as well as food storage.

Cumberland Island National Seashore is perhaps the most remote camping in South Georgia. In fact, only 300 people are allowed on the island at a time, and campers are restricted to no more than 7 nights.

This protected area has beaches, marshes, and freshwater lakes, plus two museums and the Plum Orchard mansion.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Weekend Getaways in Georgia

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20. Tifton KOA Journey

4632 Union Road, Tifton GA • (229) 386-8441 • Official Website 

If you’re interested in camping in South Georgia, check out the Tifton KOA Journey Campground, which is located just 2.7 miles from Downtown Tifton. 

There are 67 different RV sites to choose from, all of which are full hookup sites with fire rings and high speed Wifi. 

They have 4 tent sites available with water and electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. The campground is pet-friendly and there ‘s also a dog park for them to enjoy. 

Catch-and-release fishing is a popular activity here, as are corn hole, volleyball, and playing pool in the campsite’s clubhouse.

There’s also a fun playground for the kids to enjoy! –by Samantha Dickens & Bret Love; featured image by Ralph Daniel courtesy of Explore Georgia

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We encourage anyone who loves the Blue Ridge region to learn about the Leave No Trace principles of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

When you're exploring the wilderness, it's better to be safe than to be a statistic!

Born in Augusta GA, Samantha Dickens came of age on a 7-acre farm in Waynesboro GA, where she was surrounded by dairy cows, chickens, and the occasional goat. She's always dreamed of being a writer, filling multiple notebooks with short stories as a child. After hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia with her grandparents, she also found a love of exploring the outdoors. She went on to major in Communications at Arizona State University while working as an intern for Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide. Since graduating, she's balanced her burgeoning career with her duties as a writer and PR assistant for BRMTG.