Campgrounds in Dahlonega, Georgia

Campgrounds in Dahlonega, Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia is a mid-size city and bills itself as the "Gateway to the Appalachian Mountains." The region was home to a gold rush in 1828, some 20 years before the California Gold Rush. Visitors to the area can hike, mountain bike, fish, and canoe. The Etowah River runs nearby, and anglers can try for catfish, bass and crappie. The Chattahoochee National Forest abuts the region, and there are plenty of hiking trails to keep backpackers and hikers busy, including the famous Appalachian Trail. There are several options for campgrounds around Dahlonega.

Etowah River Campground

Etowah River Campground offers camp sites for both tent campers and RVs. Tent sites have picnic tables and fire pits with grills. RV sites are pull-through and have water, sewer and 30- or 50-amp electric. Pets are allowed if leashed. The Etowah River runs next to the campground and guests can try fishing for trout, or even try their hand at gold panning. Inner-tubing the river provides a cool-down during the humid and hot summer months. Canoeists and kayakers can enjoy paddling the river from the campground.

Etowah River Campground
437 Rider Mill Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-9035


Swifwaters Campground is an all women's campgrounds located near the Etowah River, and has sites for tent campers and RVs. All sites are first come first served. There is fresh water, and bathrooms. Pets are allowed if leashed, and children are not allowed in the women-only camping regions. There are swimming holes, picnic areas, and fire pits for guest use. The Chatahoochee National Forest is nearby where visitors can fish, bird-watch, hike and mountain bike.

830 Swiftwaters Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 864-3229

Dockery Lake Campground

Dockery Lake Campground is part of the Chatahoochee National Forests campgrounds. The Dockery Recreation Area has canoeing, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities. There are camp sites for tents as well as RVs. Tent sites have picnic tables, fire rings with grills and fresh water spigots. There are neither hookups for RVs nor a dump station, so RV travelers will need to be self-contained with grey water systems. Pets are allowed if leashed. The Dockery Lake Trail is a 3.5 miles trail that visitors can enjoy from the campground. The half-mile Lakeshore Trail is a mellow walk for those seeking to explore around the lake.

Dockery Lake Campgrounds
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-3000

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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