6 Georgia State Parks That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Planning a camping trip to Georgia? With 63 state parks, campers will never run out of beautiful sights and landscapes to explore. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls create the perfect environment for amazing outdoor recreation and adventure.

Here are 6 state parks in Georgia you need to add to your bucket list.

1. Amicalola Falls State Park: Dawsonville

As one of the most breathtaking destinations in Georgia, this 829-acre park is home to the tallest waterfall in the southeast. Amicalola Falls is the star of the state park at 729-feet of pure magic, but don’t stop at the falls. Hiking, fishing, geocaching, and climbing are all popular activities as well as easy access to the Appalachian Trail.

Where to Camp: Falling Waters Lodge

2. Black Rock Mountain State Park: Mountain City

With an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain is Georgia’s highest park. If you’re searching for jaw dropping vistas and amazing sunsets, this is the place to be. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, 80-mile vistas, streams, waterfalls, wildflowers, and lush forests. Hiking, paddling, fishing, picnicking, backpacking, and geocaching are all popular activities at this state park.

Where to Camp: Mountain Rest Cabins

3. Cloudland Canyon State Park: Rising Fawn

Cloudland Canyon is situated on the western edge of beautiful Lookout Mountain. At 3,485 acres, this is one of the biggest parks in Georgia and many people would argue it’s one of the most scenic. Guests come here to experience deep canyons, wild caves, creeks, waterfalls, woodlands, wildlife, and outstanding outdoor recreation. Hiking, mountain biking, wild cave tours, fishing, disc golf, and horseback riding are some of the favorite activities at Cloudland.

4. Unicoi State Park: Helen

Located in the north Georgia mountains, Unicoi is the ideal park for hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and swimming. During the heat of the summer, Unicoi Lake is perfect for cooling off, and the vistas aren’t half bad either. The well-known Anna Ruby Falls is nearby and visitors can hike or bike from Unicoi State Park.

Where to Camp: Jenny’s Creek Campground

5. Tallulah Gorge State Park: Tallulah Falls

Visitors from around the world travel to Georgia to experience the spectacular Tallulah Gorge. This beauty if 2-miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Hiking the rim trails is a great way to see the gorge, or you can obtain a permit to venture down to the gorge floor. Mountain bikers can enjoy a challenging 10-mile trail as well as paved trails. Climbing, swimming, archery, fishing, tennis, and kayaking are also popular here.

Where to Camp: Sugar Mill Creek RV Park

6. Red Top Mountain State Park: Emerson

Red Top is a popular state park located on the 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona. If you’re into watersports, this is the park for you. Boating, water skiing, fishing, and swimming are common activities here. In addition to the lake, the park has over 15 miles of amazing hiking trails as well as trails open to bikers.

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Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, daughter dog, and 4 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.