Summer is the time that everyone packs up their gear, heads out for some wildness adventures, and cooks easy meals over an open fire. Of course, we’re talking about camping, one of the best activities for the whole family to enjoy an inexpensive weekend away, in the middle of nature. Last year we wrote about a few camping spots that would be perfect to plan a getaway to, and this year we’re back with a few more. There may be some you’ve heard of before, but hopefully there will be a couple new spots that pique your interest. Here are 12 rustic spots in Georgia that are extraordinary for camping.
1. Andrew’s Cove Campground - Unicoi Turnpike Helen, GA 30545
Andrew's Cove Campground is a beautiful spot for the whole family. It's nestled up right next to a running stream, surrounded by tall hardwoods, and better yet, it's just a fifteen minute cruise to Helen.
2. Panola Mountain State Park - 2600 Hwy 155 SW Ste. A Stockbridge, GA 30281
I would recommend this woodsy campground to the more advanced campers. These are primitive sites where you must hike in at least a half mile before setting up shop. But, boy, is the serenity and quiet worth it.
3. Bald Mountain Park Camping Resort - 751 Gander Gap Rd. Hiawassee, GA 30546
This isn't your average camping spot. The beautiful property is surrounded by an array of greenery, along with a few creeks. But the most exciting part of this campground has to be the nearby lake, perfect for taking a kayak out on the cool water.
4. Cooper Creek Recreation Area - 6050 Appalachian Hwy. Suches, GA 30572
What makes Cooper Creek so appealing is that it has waterfront sites available. This means that just a few feet away, you can dip your toes in the refreshing water, or fall asleep to the sound of a rushing stream.
5. Cloudland Canyon State Park - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Who wouldn't want to camp with access to a waterfall right nearby?! If you stay at the rustic, magical Cloudland Canyon, then you'll be able to hike to Cherokee Falls, and cool off in the small pool below.
6. Doll Mountain Campground - 1362 Doll Mountain Rd. Ellijay, GA 30540
Some amateur astronomers have hailed Doll Mountain Campground as one of the best spots to stargaze. Bring a tent, bring your partner, and have a romantic night under the stars.
7. McIntosh Reserve - 1046 W. Mcintosh Cir. Whitesburg, GA 30185
There's a little bit of history that can be learned at McIntosh Reserve. If you're looking for a quiet, middle-of-nowhere natural paradise, then this is your spot.
8. Fort Yargo State Park - 210 S. Broad St. Winder, GA 30680
This campground is great for the avid hiker or biker. With over 15 miles of trails, you won't be disappointed each time you step out of your tent.
9. Lake Conasauga Campground - 401 Old Ellijay Rd. Chatsworth, GA 30705
The thing about this rustic camping spot is that it's near a spring-fed lake, which is the highest in Georgia. Add to that, the cool summer breeze at night and the smell of nearby campfires, and you're in business.
10. Black Rock Mountain State Park - 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. Mountain City, GA 30562
If sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are your cup of tea, then Black Rock Mountain State Park is the place to be. It's the highest state park in Georgia and features streams, forests and waterfalls.
11. Magnolia Springs State Park - 1164 Magnolia Springs Dr. Millen, GA 30442
You can rent a cabin, or primitive camp - whichever you prefer. What's interesting about this campground, besides the alligators and turtles everywhere, is that it includes a spring, which pumps 9 million gallons of water a day.
12. Indian Springs State Park - 678 Lake Clark Rd. Flovilla, GA 30216
What makes Indian Springs State Park so unique is the fact that it's secluded from the rest of the world. It also features spring water. which visitors can sample, that hydrated the Creek Indians for years.
There are quite a few places that are worth exploring this summer. Time to get back into nature! Tag a camping buddy that you’d like to bring along.