When it comes to bright sides, the uptick in RV camping is one pandemic holdover that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Is it any wonder why? Families can find mountain lakes, rugged forests and sometimes even resort amenities just beyond the fast lane of Atlanta’s city streets, with home’s creature comforts along for the ride. That’s why we’ve scoped out our favorite RV parks and campsites near Atlanta for your next family vacation plan. From RV camping in Georgia state parks to private campgrounds just a few hours from the city, there’s no better way to explore the contrast of Atlanta’s city living with the natural beauty that surrounds it. Check out our favorite RV parks and campsites near Atlanta.
Vogel State Park
Named the Best State Park for RVers by USA Today, Vogel State Park sits at the base of Blood Mountain, just two hours outside of Atlanta and inside the Chattahoochee National Forest. RV campers can choose from 90 campsites with electric hookups. While at Vogel, you can hike the park's 17 miles of trails that cater to beginner and expert trail hounds alike. Water activities abound too. Families can go fishing and paddling in Lake Trahlyta or hike to waterfalls like Helton Creek Falls and Desoto Falls. Our suggestion? Don't miss the opportunity to see the view from Brasstown Bald, the state's highest point, before hitting the putt putt course.
405 Vogel State Park Rd.
Sweetwater Creek RV Resort
While this RV park near Atlanta is a no-frills place for overnight parking, it's proximity to Atlanta and shady location means you can get to all that Atlanta has to offer in no time at all. Utility is key here, and as far as we're concerned, it's a great spot for an RV camping test run with the kids. Plus, nearby Sweetwater Creek State Park adds a bit of "rugged" to your RV trip. It's where you'll find wilderness adventures with the kids. Wooded trails, gurggling streams and the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company textile mill will delight explorers of all ages.
2558 Wren Cir.
Jekyll Island Campground
Not too far from Driftwood Beach and Clam Creek you'll find Jekyll Island Campground. Park your rig at one of the camp's 167 full hook-up sites to enjoy all of the island's family-friendly amenities. Budding scientists will learn lots at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and history buffs can hit up museums and take tours till their heart's content. Plus you'll have plenty of opportunities to go fishing, boating, biking or horseback riding, play mini golf and visit the epic Summer Waves Water Park to rides the slides. It's the resort feel you're looking for with your roadworthy adventure.
1197 Riverview Dr.
Jekyll Island, GA
McKinney Campground sits on the banks of Allatoona Lake, about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. Visitors can take their pick from water activities, including lakeside picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating. Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation, and you can expect to see plenty of wildlife along its 270 miles of shoreline. Plus, there are two swimming areas with sandy beaches. You can fish in Lake Allatoona from the shore, and there's an exceptional mountain biking course nearby with lots of beginner tracks. Check out the Tellus Science Museum while you're there!
6659 McKinney Camp Ground Rd. S.E.
Stone Mountain Park Campground
Considered by some to be the epitome of convenience camping, Stone Mountain Park Campground has 250 full or partial hook-up (water/electric/sewer) campsites for RVs. There are a variety of pull-through, head-in and back-in campsites available, and its location places you just 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta. That means you and the kids can explore the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and all of Atlanta's other hot family spots. But you can just as easily stay put and explore 3,200 acres, or perhaps hit the amusement park, mini golf and steam locomotive that are all located in Stone Mountain Park. You'll find deck areas with grills at some RV sites, plus a swimming pool, playground, and sand volleyball court.
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA
High Falls State Park Campground
Located northwest of Macon, this state park is named for the tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River, where visitors can hike through the forest to the remains of a power plant foundation. In the early 1800s, this area was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today, the park is a popular camping destination and a relaxing side trip for travelers on I-75. The park offers seasonal rentals for kayaks, canoes, SUP and aquacycles. There's also mini golf, maintained hiking trails and plenty of wilderness to explore for those who prefer land pursuits.
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia's newer and largest state parks and with 2,910 acres. With proximity to the Chattahoochee River, the park is a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers. You'll find five miles of river frontage, including a boat ramp for easy access to the water and over six miles of wooded trails for hiking and nature photography. RV owners will enjoy the camping section with sunny pull-through and back-in sites. Plus, Chattahoochee Bend offers screened Adirondack-style shelters for families and groups who want a unique camping experience, and campers will find bathhouses with hot showers just a short walk from most campsites.
425 Bobwhite Way
Historic Banning Mills RV Park
Located just 45 minutes west of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, this RV park is wooded with graveled sites and a gate-guarded entrance. It has full and partial hookups, and most sites have free internet capability. But when it comes to fun, historic Banning Mills has ziplines, a Crazy Squirrel aerial course for the younger set, horeseback riding, a climbing wall and other recreational opportunities, making it the perfect active family RV destination.
205 Horseshoe Dam Rd.
Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center
Not far from Rome and Cedartown and about an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta, the Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center is a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts. More than 60 full-hookup RV sites dot the family-friendly park that borders Big Cedar Creek, where you can catch striped bass and catfish or fly-fish for trout. The picturesque village of Cave Spring has antique and specialty shops, and a legendary cave to explore in Rolater Park.
6770 Cave Spring Rd. S.W.
Cave Spring, GA
Fort Mountain State Park
Located near the Cohutta Wilderness, and about an hour and 45 minutes from Atlanta, Fort Mountain State Park boasts access to more than 60 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The campground offers full-hookup RV sites, laundry station, washroom facilities and a playground with easy access to the extensive trail network. Celebrate Native American heritage at Fort Mountain State Park by driving the Chieftain's Trail, where you'll explore sites such as the Chief Vann House Historic Site, Funk Heritage Center and New Echota Historic Site.
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd.
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