Georgia State Parks Near Woodstock, Georgia

Georgia State Parks Near Woodstock, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia, one of the oldest towns in Cherokee County, is considered one of Atlanta's fastest growing suburbs. Despite its recent explosive growth and being located only 30 miles north of Georgia's largest city, Woodstock has outdoor recreational areas that include miles of paved walking trails, designated areas to fish and canoe, as well as scenic picnic spots and playgrounds for children. Georgia also has several state parks near Woodstock that you can enjoy when you visit the area.

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge

Located only 15 miles from Woodstock, Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge is nestled on the shores of 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona. The park features a large marina--where visitors can rent or bring their own boats--more than 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, areas to picnic, fish and swim and a miniature golf course. There are also 92 tent, trailer and RV camping sites on the 1,776-acre property.

If you want want more lodging options, there are 18 separate cottages for rent--some pet-friendly--and a 33-room on-site lodge and conference center offering guests a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a swimming pool, meeting facilities and wireless Internet service. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, though the lodge offers 24-hour service.

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge
50 Lodge Road SE
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-975-4226
gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sweetwater Creek State Park is located in Lithia Springs, less than 40 miles southwest of Woodstock. The park, which sits on 2,549 acres of land only minutes from Atlanta, has a 215-acre lake that features fishing, boating and canoeing, 9 miles of hiking trails, 11 picnic shelters and a large group shelter with a barbecue pit and seating for more than 150 people.

Sweetwater Creek State Park also has a visitor's center and gift shop--where you can purchase wildlife and history displays, trail maps and snacks, as well as a bait shop for purchasing any needed fishing supplies. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Road
Lithia Springs , GA 30122
770-732-5871
gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge

Located approximately 53 miles northeast of Woodstock on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the 829-acre Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is one of Georgia's most visited state parks.

Called "Amicalola" after a Cherokee Indian word meaning "tumbling waters," the name accurately describes the 729-foot waterfall located within the park's boundaries. An 8.5 mile hiking trail in the park leads toward Springer Mountain, which is located on the southern end of the world-famous Appalachian Trail.

The park features a 52-room lodge and conference center with an on-site restaurant, 14 cottages for rent--some pet-friendly--and 24 tent, trailer and RV campsites. Four picnic shelters, a large group shelter with seating for 75 people, a visitor's center and gift shops also are available to guests on the property.

Amicalola Falls State Park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the lodge is open 24 hours a day.

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
706-265-4703
gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls

Article Written By Barbara Biehler

Barbara Biehler is a freelance writer who has written articles for various websites, as well as online specialty courses for MyComputerBuddies.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida and over 15 years experience in business development, sales and marketing. An avid gardener, cook and voracious reader, Biehler resides with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.

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