Wilderness camping is a new phenomenon in Georgia, although some have been doing it for years. Rather than hitching up at a primitive site, or a waterpark campground with amenities galore, we have a natural area where you can spend the night completely undisturbed, surrounded by Georgia nature. Grab the whole family because this top Georgia camping spot is one they will not want to miss.

Ready to plan the summer trip of a lifetime? Reservations must be made in advance to take part in the Okefenokee Wilderness Camping, and permits must be purchased in order to participate. To find all the rules and reservation information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services website. You can also check out the Facebook Page for more photos of the preserve!

To find the address of the preserve entrance, see below:

2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA, 31537-7906

Have you ever participated in the Wilderness Camping at Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia? Share with us your experience in the comments section!

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Are there any places in Georgia where I can camp on the beach?

From the bayous to the beaches, you'll enjoy all sorts of amazing camping here in Georgia. In addition to boasting 110 miles of scenic shoreline, Georgia is home to more than 30 beautiful lakes, making the Peach State well-positioned for some truly spectacular waterfront camping. Whether you’re craving a coastal escape where you can camp right on the beach, a remote lakefront getaway mid-state, or an all-inclusive family-friendly vacation destination by the water, you’ll find some of the best waterfront camping in the entire country in Georgia. If you're looking to level up your next excursion with some beachside camping, you'll be delighted to discover the following Georgia campsites:

  • Shady Grove Campground. Located quite literally at the edge of lovely Lake Lanier, Shady Grove Campground is the perfect place to pitch a tent for a wondrous waterfront camping adventure in Georgia. While all of Shady Grove’s 96 campsites boast spectacular scenery and views, Campsite 78 is our favorite; it offers the best panoramas and waterfront vistas. This is the kind of place where the scenery speaks for itself!
  • Big Hart Campground. Located on the confluence of Big Creek and Hart Creek at the west end of J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Big Hart Campground is a big, ole slice of Georgia camping pie. While its location is a bit remote, this is a very popular camping destination for Georgians during the summer.
  • Andrews Cove Recreation Area. The campground itself is breathtakingly beautiful, surrounded by lush forest landscape, winsome wildlife, and babbling brooks. Just six miles away, the alpine village of Helen is home to restaurants, a grocery store, and retailers, offering campers the best of both worlds: a remote camping experience that’s also conveniently located to one of Georgia’s most charming towns. Please note: as a no-reservation campground, occupancy is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend getting there as early as possible to claim your spot.

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