It’s nearly summertime officially as far as the calendar is concerned, and this means that enjoying all the beauty and nature that Georgia has to offer is right around the corner. Take some time this summer to disconnect from city-life and explore the great outdoors. There are so many incredible places in Georgia to camp, whether it be setting up a tent and roughing it or bringing your RV out of storage. Take a look at these 12 unique hidden gem campgrounds in the state that are just waiting to be explored.
1. Lake Tobesofkee - Bibb County, GA
Also known as Lake Tobo, this camping spot is one of the best hidden gems in the state. There are three public parks in the Lake Tobo Recreation Area, which includes Claystone, Sandy Beach, and Arrowhead. You can camp for as low as $25 a night and wake up to the sunshine reflecting off the calm surface of the lake.
2. George L. Smith State Park Campground - 371 George L Smith State Park Rd, Twin City, GA 30471
Not only can you set up a tent in this peaceful, natural habitat in Georgia, but you can also bring your RV and your hiking boots. Spend the day kayaking along the nearby lake, and enjoy the seclusion that this campground has to offer.
3. Oconee River Campground - Greensboro, GA 30642
The Lake Oconee Recreation Area consist of 5 primitive camping sites, which means if you're looking to rough it in the middle of the forest, with nothing but the sounds of nature and the rushing river to soothe you to sleep, then this is your camping spot.
4. Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park Campground - 162 Park Ln, Reidsville, GA 30453
Located on over 400-acres of land, this campground is as preserved and peaceful as it comes. Rent paddle boards for an afternoon on the water, or take a fishing boat out for some relaxation. Intended predominantly for tent camping, there are 5 rental cottages in Gordonia-Alatamah State Park which you can rent if you don’t feel like roughing it.
5. General Coffee State Park Campground - 46 John Coffee Rd, Nicholls, GA 31554
At over 1500-acres, there are tons of camping opportunities within this state park. A true hidden gem in Georgia, this campground also features a heritage farm which the kids will love, plus an abundance of hiking trails and a fishing lake. This is a great place to get away with the family and reconnect in nature.
6. Mockingbird Hill Farm - 1177 GA-77, Sparta, GA 31087
What makes this primitive tent site so unique, is that it’s on a private farm. Reservations are required, but for $30/night you can sleep near the running creek, near the outhouses, gardens, and firepit. This is an adorable, secluded space that will give you the ultimate getaway that you deserve—plus a few goats to play with, too.
7. Lake Sinclair Recreation Area - 100, Putnam Beach Rd SW, Eatonton, GA 31024
This spot may be a bit hard to find, but once you do, your campground experience will be worth it. You can bring your boat, as they do have a ramp for guest use, and spend the day basking in the sunshine on the waters of Lake Sinclair. But it really is nighttime, when all the unobstructed views of the stars become the focus, that will make your camping complete.
8. Reed Bingham State Park Campground - 542 Reed Bingham Rd, Adel, GA 31620
This secluded campground will give you your own grill to roast some burgers or hotdogs, a picnic table to feast, and enough space to park your RV or tent smack dab in the middle of nature. Make sure you bring your bathing suits, because the nearby beach will be calling for you to take a swim.
9. Laura S. Walker State Park Campground - 5653 Laura Walker Rd, Waycross, GA 31503
Nestled on the northern edge of the beautifully magical Okefenokee Swamp, there is an abundance of things to see and do at this campground. Hit the marked trails in order to see some of Georgia’s most fascinating wildlife up close and personal.
10. Magnolia Springs State Park Campground - 1053 Magnolia Springs Rd, Millen, GA 30442
Did you know that 7 million gallons of crystal clear spring water flow through the majestic Magnolia Springs State Park every day?! Which is why this is the perfect place to camp and explore for a quick weekend away. A true natural camping gem with endless enjoyment.
11. High Falls State Park Campground - 76 High Falls Park Dr, Jackson, GA 30233
If you’re an avid fisher(wo)man who likes solitude for a long weekend away, or if you’re a family of five who want to explore the tumbling cascades of the Towaliga River, then High Falls State Park Campground is for you. Take your pick between the lakeside yurts or primitive tents spots. This is one unique campground you do not want to miss.
12. The Farm at Wilkerson Mill Camp - Palmetto
Just north of Palmetto, Georgia you’ll find a private, secluded spot to pitch a tent smack dab in the middle of a farm. Hosted by a couple who run the farm, for $35 a night, you can set up shop in this unique setting, with nothing but a beautiful environment and wide open space.