The 10 Best State Parks With Cabins In Georgia

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Whether you want to spend a day hiking through scenic forests, enjoying a sun-drenched day on the lake or river, or experiencing Fall in the North GA mountains, there are numerous state parks that offer countless outdoor adventures.

When your day of exploring is done, many of these Georgia State Parks offer cottage and cabin rentals.

It’s a great, affordable option if you want to stay for sunset, spend the night, wake up in the early morning to catch the sunrise, and do it all over again!

Depending on the state park, these cozy cabins range from one to three bedrooms and have varying amenities. So there is certain to be one that fits your family’s specific needs.

To help you find a state park cabin that’s right for you, we’ve compiled a list of our picks for the Best State Parks with Cabins in Georgia.

Each listing includes information about some of the different activities attractions you can enjoy at the park, as well as the various types of accommodations it offers. 

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State Parks With Cabins In Georgia Guide

  1. Amicalola Falls State Park
  2. Black Rock Mountain State Park
  3. Cloudland Canyon State Park
  4. Don Carter State Park
  5. Fort Mountain State Park
  6. James H. Floyd State Park
  7. Red Top Mountain State Park
  8. Tugaloo State Park
  9. Unicoi State Park & Lodge
  10. Vogel State Park

 

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

1. Amicalola Falls State Park

418 Amicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Reservations: 1-800-573-9656

Check Rates for Amicola Falls Lodge at Booking.com

Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, just eight miles away from the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Amicalola Falls State Park is filled with beautiful scenery.

In total, the park has 10 different hiking trails. If you’re looking to catch the best views of the 729-foot Amicalola Falls (the highest of all cascading waterfalls east of the Mississippi River), try the West Ridge Falls Access Trail, East Ridge Trail, or New Appalachian Approach Trail.

There are also a ton of other activities offered at the Amicalola Falls Lodge for an additional charge. They include live reptile exhibits, birds of prey demonstrations, guided hikes, and some of the best ziplining in Georgia.

Amicalola Falls State Park Cabins

The Amicalola Lodge offers accommodations ranging from mountain view lofts to several suite options. All lodge rooms include modern amenities like central air, Wi-Fi, and spectacular views. 

There are also cabins located at two sites in the park, “Wooded Mountain Top” and “Creek Side Below the Falls.”

The 3-bedroom cabins sleep up to 12 guests, with four full-size beds, one king bed, and a living room that has a pull-out sofa bed. There’s also a TV and a wood-burning fireplace.

The 2-bedroom cottages sleep up to 8 guests and come with a fireplace, screened-in back porch, and a ceiling fan in the living room. Note that some of the 2-bedroom cottages are ADA-accessible!

The park’s 1-bedroom cottages come with one king bed and a living room that has a pull-out sofa bed.

All of the cottages have showers and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a fire-ring, grill, and picnic table outside.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park Visitor Center Overlook
Black Rock Mountain State Park Visitor Center Overlook by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

2. Black Rock Mountain State Park

3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway, Mountain City, GA 30562

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/BlackRockMountain

Holding the record for Georgia’s highest state park with an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain State Park offers some of the most spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all year-round. 

There are a variety of hiking trails of different lengths and elevations throughout the state park, but the most popular is the 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail.

It guides you through some of the highest points of the forest, where you can get jaw-dropping views that span all the way into North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

You can also go fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in Black Rock Lake, learn about Appalachian culture at the Firefox Museum, or shop for souvenirs at the Visitors Center gift shop.

Black Rock Mountain State Park Cabins

There are a total of 10 Black Rock Mountain State Park cabin rentals available.

Eight of them are 2-bedroom cottages that can sleep up to 8 guests (each bedroom has two double beds), with one full-sized bath and one half-bath.

The other two state park cabins are 3-bedroom cottages that can sleep up to 10 guests. Two of the bedrooms have two double beds, while the third bedroom has two single beds. There are also two full bathrooms with showers.

All of the cottages come with a fully equipped kitchen (including a coffee maker and microwave), fireplace, cable TV, and air conditioning and heating. Outside there’s also a screened-in porch, picnic table, and grill at each cabin.

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Cloudland Canyon State Park - North Georgia
Cloudland Canyon Scenic Overlook by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

3. Cloudland Canyon State Park

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon

With 3,538 acres of lush woodlands, sandstone cliffs, 1,000-foot-deep canyons, and other breathtaking terrain, Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic state parks in Georgia. 

There are 30 miles of biking trails (bike rentals are available), 16 miles of horseback riding trails, and over 60 miles of beautiful North Georgia hiking trails to explore. 

Some of the most popular hikes in the park include the 2-mile Waterfalls Trail (which leads to Cherokee and Hemlock Falls) and the 1-mile Overlook Trail.

We also love the 6-mile Sitton’s Gulch Trail, which is dotted with colorful North GA wildflowers in late March and early April.

Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins

There are both 2- and 3-bedroom Cloudland Canyon State Park Cabins to choose from.

Some of the 2-bedroom cottages have two full bathrooms, whereas some only have one full bathroom. So make sure to check the description if this is a deal-breaker for you. All of the 3-bedroom cottages have two full baths.

All of the cottages offer heating, air conditioning, and a TV along with a kitchen that includes a microwave and coffeemaker. There’s also a screened-in porch and a grill, picnic table, and fire ring outside.

If you’re looking for a more unique place to stay, Cloudland Canyon State Park also has 10 fully furnished Yurts, each of which  can hold up to 6 people.

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Don Carter State Park
Don Carter State Park, photo via GAStateParks.org

4. Don Carter State Park

5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/DonCarter

Don Carter State Park is the newest Georgia state park and is the first state park to be located on Lake Lanier.

One of the largest lakes in the state at 57.92 square miles, the 38,000-acre lake offers an immense amount of water-based activities to choose from.

Whether you’re looking to have a relaxing day of swimming and laying out on the beach, or a more adventurous day of kayaking or paddle boarding out on the water, the park is a great place for outdoor recreation. 

There are also 14.5 miles of trails you can use for hiking or horseback riding, as well as plenty of places to enjoy a peaceful lakeside picnic.

Don Carter State Park Cabins

There are eight 2-bedroom cabins at Don Carter State Park, including one that is ADA-accessible.

These cabins can accommodate up to 8 people, with two queen-sized beds in each bedroom and a wood-burning fireplace and cable TV in the living area. 

The full kitchen comes with appliances, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, a coffee maker, and a microwave.

Air conditioning and heating are also provided, and outside you can find a picnic table and grill.

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Fort Mountain State Park in North Georgia via GAStateParks.org
Fort Mountain State Park in North Georgia, photo via GAStateParks.org

5. Fort Mountain State Park

181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/FortMountain

Situated on North Georgia land that belonged to the Cherokee for centuries, Fort Mountain State Park is surrounded by incredible natural beauty and offers some of the most historical hiking trails in the region.

Some of the most notable spots in the park include an 855-foot-long stone rock wall, which was believed to have been built by the indigenous people as a defense fortification.

There’s also a stone fire tower that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

Along with exploring Georgia’s history, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayak/canoeing, and miniature golf are also popular activities at the state park.

Fort Mountain State Park Cabins

For overnight lodging at Fort Mountain, you can stay in a fully furnished 2-bedroom cottage (which sleeps 8) or 3-bedroom cottage (which sleeps 10).

The 2-bedroom cottages all have two baths, while the 3-bedroom cottages have three.

All Fort Mountain cabins are fully furnished and include a stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, dishes, and pots and pans.

AC and heating are available throughout, and there’s also a porch, fire ring, BBQ/Grill, and picnic table outside.

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James Sloppy Floyd State Park Marble Mine by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett
James Sloppy Floyd State Park Marble Mine, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

6. James H. Floyd State Park

2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Road, Summerville GA 30747

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/JamesHFloyd

Nestled between the gorgeous rural countryside and the Chattahoochee National Forest in Summerville GA, James H. Floyd State Park offers a plethora of scenic outdoor adventures.

There are two stocked lakes for fishing and boating (trolling motors only), and there are kayaks and canoes available for rent.

The park also has five miles of hiking trails. The scenic Marble Mine Trail takes you to the entrance of an abandoned mine, while the Upper and Lower Lake Loop Trails follow the lake’s boardwalk and extend into the wooded hillsides. 

James H. Floyd State Park Cabins

There are four 2-bedroom cabins at James H. Floyd State Park, one of which is ADA-accessible. Each cabin includes two full bathrooms and four beds, which sleep up to 8 guests.

There’s a kitchen in each cabin with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker, plus a living area that has a TV with satellite access.

Outside you’ll find a rocking chair porch, picnic table, BBQ grill, and a fire ring.

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

Bethany Bridge at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersille GA
Bethany Bridge at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville GA, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

7. Red Top Mountain State Park

50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain

Red Top Mountain State Park is located on Lake Allatoona, the closest major lake to metro Atlanta.

The lake encompasses nearly 12,000 acres of land, 1,776 of which are protected by the state park. 

Most people are drawn to Red Top Mountain to enjoy all the water activities Lake Allatoona provides, including boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming at the public beach.

But there’s also an impressive number of hiking trails to explore, ranging from the easy Lakeside Trail (0.75 miles) and Visitor Center Loop Trail (0.75 miles) to the more moderate Iron Hill Bike Trail (3.9 miles) and Homestead Trail (5.5 miles).

Red Top Mountain State Park Cabins

There are a total of 20 Red Top Mountain State Park cabins available for rent. 

These include 17 2-bedroom cabins and three 3-bedroom cabins, all of which feature kitchens (including a stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker), full baths, and awesome lake views. The cabins also have heating and AC.

There are picnic tables, charcoal grills, and fire pits outside for guests to use as well.

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Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell, photo via Canva

8. Tugaloo State Park

1763 Tugaloo State Park Road, Lavonia, GA 30553

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/Tugaloo

Located on a wooded peninsula near the South Carolina border, Tugaloo State Park offers access to the incredible 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell. 

Visitors to Tugaloo park can enjoy fishing, sailing, boating, waterskiing, and swimming on the sandy beach. 

Tugaloo even offers a six-lane mega ramp for boaters that provides easy lake access (and is often used for large fishing tournaments).

Kayak and canoe rentals are available, and there’s also a tennis court, volleyball court, and four miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore.

Tugaloo State Park Cabins

There are 20 2-bedroom cabins available at Tugaloo State Park, including two that are ADA-accessible.

All of the cabins include air conditioning and heating, and can sleep up to eight people, with two full bathrooms.

There’s a kitchen complete with a refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, stove, oven, and dishes. The living room features a cable TV and wood-burning fireplace. There’s also a screened-in porch, grill, and fire ring outside.

If you want to stay in something more unique, you can opt to rent one of the park’s 7 Yurts.  

Sleeping up to six people, each is fully furnished and includes electricity, air conditioning and heating, water, and lockable doors. They also have a porch and a fire ring outside.

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Unicoi State Park Barrel Cabin
Unicoi State Park Barrel Cabin, photo by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

9. Unicoi State Park & Lodge

1788 Highway 356, Helen, GA 30545

Reservations: 1-800-573-9659

Check Rates for the Unicoi State Park Lodge at Booking.com

Located just outside of the charming mountain town of Helen GA , Unicoi State Park & Lodge offers an expansive outdoor recreation experience. 

Whether you want to kayak in the Chattahoochee River, take a fly fishing class, have target practice the air gun range, or embark on one of the park’s many scenic hikes, there’s no shortage of adventures to be found here.

The Unicoi hiking trails are open all year and take you to some of the most beautiful areas of the park.

Some of the most popular include the Lake Trail, which loops around Unicoi Lake, and the Smith Creek Trail, which stretches from the state park campground to the Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge Cabins

The Unicoi State Park & Lodge offers top-of-the-line North Georgia cabin rentals that provide easy access to the park’s hiking trails, streams, and Unicoi Lake.

The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Smith Creek Cabins include a full kitchen, heating and AC, a wood-burning fireplace, and easy access to all the shops and restaurants in downtown Helen. 

The historic and unique Unicoi State Park Barrel Cabins range from 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom rentals with a sleeper sofa to a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom rental with King- or Queen-sized beds.

All of the Unicoi cabins include a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, cable TV, and central heat and AC. 

The park also offers Deluxe Cabins, which are 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabins with a stunning lake view. They feature two king bedrooms, one queen bedroom, a sleeper sofa, cable TV, fireplace, and a full kitchen. 

READ MORE: The 15 Best Rental Cabins in Helen GA

Autumn at Lake Trahlyta in Vogel State Park
Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park, photo by Rachael Seeley

10. Vogel State Park

405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512

Reservations: 800-864-7275

https://gastateparks.org/Vogel

Featuring dynamic landscapes, gorgeous views, and one of our favorite waterfalls in Georgia, Vogel State Park is one of the oldest of all the North Georgia State Parks.

Established in 1931, the park offers a variety of historic hiking trails, including the popular Trahlyta Lake Trail (which crosses an earthen dam created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935).

Other hiking trails explore the incredible scenery: The Bear Hair Gap Trail wanders through the lower ridges of Blood Mountain and after passing by the breathtaking Trahlyta Falls.

While you’re at the park, make sure you visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. You can also rent a kayak, stand up paddleboard, pedal boat, or bike.

Vogel State Park Cabins

The Vogel State Park cabins for rent include 1-bedroom cabins that sleep up to 4 guests and 2-bedroom cabins that sleep up to 6 or 8 guests (depending on the specific cabin you choose).

There are also ADA-accessible 2-bedroom cabin rentals available.

All of the Vogel cabins are fully furnished and come with AC and heating, plus a full kitchen complete with dishes, a coffee maker, stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and pots and pans.

There’s also a screened-in porch along with a grill and fire ring outside.  –by Christina Maggitas; Pinterest images via gastateparks.org (Cloudland State Park Cottage, Don Carter and Fort Mountain State Park Cottages)

Leave No Trace logo

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!

Growing up in rural south Georgia, Christina Maggitas developed a love for nature at a young age and spent the majority of her formative years outdoors. Since first visiting the Great Smokey Mountains with her family as a child, she has always admired the beauty of the Blue Ridge region and spends as much time as she can hiking north Georgia. She has a passion for writing and storytelling with the hopes of inspiring others to enjoy the great outdoors. Currently, Christina is a senior at Kennesaw State University where she is studying Journalism and Emerging Media.