By Alli Hill
Georgia is well known for its outdoor scene, offering plenty of parks, lakes, coastline, and mountains to suit any outdoorsman’s style. When the leaves turn colors and the days start to cool, people from all across the country flock to the Peach State for fall camping and other activities. Whether you prefer to camp along the shores of a lake or river or like the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, these five perfect fall camping spots in Georgia are not to be missed.
Surround yourself with majestic mountain views covered in fall foliage at this gorgeous campground. Situated between Blairsville and Hiawassee, this site is far from the hustle and bustle of city life and makes you feel as though there’s nothing else on earth than what’s in front of you. The campground itself is spacious, offering 95 campsites with plenty of privacy. It’s an ideal spot if you’re looking to unwind, either at your campsite or on one of several hiking trails.
Located at the foot of Blood Mountain, this lovely state park with its glassy lake offers prime fall foliage viewing in the perfect camp setting. You can take your pick of camping cottages, RV sites, or backcountry sites that will let you camp the way you want to. And even though it might be too cold to take a dip in the lake, campers can enjoy a host of other amenities and activities, including hiking, geocaching, fishing, and mini golf.
A family favorite year-round, this amazing park is culturally engaging and perfect for a fall camping spot. Nestled against a waterfront vista, campers can rent an RV or yurt, or pitch a tent at one of their primitive camping sites. The campground is adjacent to the famed Stone Mountain, which features several popular attractions for the whole family, including their famous laser light show when the sun goes down.
The waterfalls here are reason enough to visit, but this state park is also a prime camping destination for fall getaways. Rich foliage abounds, and is only brightened by beautiful cascades and the park’s lake. Campers can choose from a yurt on the waterfront or a spacious campsite to satisfy their lodging needs. Take advantage of the trail system here that winds its way through the majestic forests and lets you experience the best sights of Georgia in the fall.
Home to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp, alligators, and other wildlife are the main draws to this locale. As the country’s largest blackwater swamp, there’s plenty of mystery lurking beneath the surface. Campers love coming here in the fall because wildlife sightings are almost a guarantee. It’s also a premier fishing destination, with bluegill, catfish, warmouth, and bowfin just waiting to grab your line. Consider taking a guided pontoon boat tour of the swamp, or rent your own vessel for a daring expedition.