State Parks in Northeast Georgia

State Parks in Northeast Georgia
Northeast Georgia is marked by two stunning types of geography which provide excellent locations for state parks. The Blue Ridge Mountains sprawl from the corner of the state and run south into the Georgia Piedmont, a landscape of rolling hills intermingled with bodies of water and forests. Tent, trailer and RV camping enthusiasts have a large selection of state parks with varying scenery and prices to visit year-round.

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Tucked away in the northern corner of the state, Black Rock Mountain State Park is situated at an elevation of 3,640 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the highest state park in Georgia. From the park you can capture spectacular views of the Appalachians in the distance. Because of the remoteness and altitude, RV campers should take extra care when entering the park. Tent campers can enjoy inexpensive and secluded walk-in campsites as well as isolated backpacking sites. Dog-friendly cottages are available for non-campers as well.

Black Rock Mountain State Park
3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway
Mountain City, GA 30562
(706) 746-2141
GeorgiaStateParks.org/BlackRockMountain

Vogel State Park

Established in 1927, Vogel State Park is one of the oldest and most well-known parks in Georgia. Hikers flock to this park for its many trails that wind around the Blue Ridge Mountains, most notably the Bear Hair Gap four-mile loop. Experienced hikers may want to challenge the Coosa Backcountry Trail that traverses 13 miles around Blood Mountain, at the base of which the park is located. Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this park boasts gorgeous leaves in the fall and a 22-acre lake with a beach. All types of campers can find an accommodating campsite and vacationers can stay in cottages.

Vogel State Park
405 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 746-2141
GeorgiaStateParks.org/Vogel

Tugaloo State Park

Water sport enthusiasts will feel at home at Tugaloo State Park. Located on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, this park offers visitors access to 55,590-acre Lake Hartwell. Participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from large-mouth bass fishing to water skiing. Mellow trails roll through colorful forests and backpackers can head off into the forest to choose from five more primitive campsites. The park provides cottages, some with private boat launches, and campsites for any type of camper.

Tugaloo State Park
1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd
Lavonia, GA 30553
(706) 356-4362
GeorgiaStateParks.org/Tugaloo

Tallulah Gorge State Park

A state park for the adventurous, Tallulah State Park is positioned along the 1,000-feet deep, two-mile long Tallulah Gorge. All types of campers can find suitable campsites, however there are no cottages. In order to descend to the bottom of the gorge you must first obtain a free permit, however only 100 are given out each day. With the permit, you may rock climb around the gorge or simply travel to the bottom via the Hurricane Falls Trail. The trail going down and the staircase to exit the gorge are both very demanding, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources warns. If the adventure isn't for you, then you can simply hike around some of the trails above the gorge or cross the 80-feet high suspension bridge for views of Hurricane Falls.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
(706) 754-7970
GeorgiaStateParks.org/TallulahGorge

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and Trails.com. He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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