Camping at Vogel State Park

This scenic lakeside camping destination offers a launching pad to rugged North Georgia mountain adventures.

Vogel is one of the oldest state parks in Georgia, established in 1931 with some of its facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Once you soak in the setting, you’ll understand why: The park sits at the base of Blood Mountain, nestled in the mountains of North Georgia (once the territory of the Cherokee and Creek peoples). And though Vogel isn’t large, at just 233 acres, it’s surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest, offering state park-style amenities with quick access to rugged adventures. It’s also a hiker’s dream with 17 miles of trail that extend into the surrounding forest. And everything is centered around a picturesque 22-acre lake open to non-motorized boats and swimming. To top it off, Vogel is also at the tail end of a multi-million-dollar renovation meant to upgrade the camping facilities—meaning that now is the time to hit the park and pitch a tent


Vogel has a variety of accommodations, from rustic cottages to primitive, walk-in tent sites. In total, there are 34 cottages, 90 tent and RV sites, 18 walk-in campsites, and one large group campsite. 

The campground is far from primitive, with developments like playgrounds and a miniature golf course to dish out entertainment far beyond the great outdoors for the kids. Looking for more nature and less putt-putt? Don’t despair; many of the campsites are wooded, surrounded by tall hardwoods and pines that provide plenty of privacy. A few creeks wind through them, offering the kind of white noise most of us need an app to fall asleep to, and some of the sites back up to the creeks. 

The park is finishing $2.6 million worth of renovations in the campground, so the sites are in primo condition right now. All RV sites have new pads, fencing, and upgraded electrical, water and sewage hookups. All of the sites received new picnic tables, grills and fire rings. Phase 1 and 2 of the renovations are complete and phase 3 will be done by the middle of March 2023. There will also be Wi-Fi throughout the campground when the renovations are complete. 

If you have a trailer or RV, or want to park close to your tent, a number of campsites with full hookups back up to Wolf Creek ($38 a night). Try to score campsites 61, 62 or 64 for close access to the water. If you’re looking for quiet sites for tents only, consider one of the walk-in tent sites ($30 a night), which have their own parking area and are separated from the rest of the campground by streams. Campsite A offers the shortest walk, but if you want the most privacy, shoot for Campsite I, which is the farthest from the parking lot and tucked into the woods all on its own. 

Not everyone wants to rough it, so Vogel also has more than 30 cottages ($135 to $290 a night), a few of which are located on the lake. Cottage 35 is the best location, just feet from the shore, with backyard access to the Trahlyta Lake Trail. 

When To Go

The campground is open year-round. With Georgia’s mild winters, the colder months can be a great time to visit Vogel for solitude. Summer is hot, but there’s a beach on the lake for swimming. Fall is the most popular time to visit Vogel because the mountains in and around the park put on a Technicolor show. You can make a reservation up to 13 months in advance of your planned visit, on a rolling basis. (Keep in mind the campground is at the tail end of its renovations, which will be wrapped up in March 2023; until then, Sites 1-31 will be closed.) More info:


Hiking is the main attraction in Vogel. The most popular trail is the 4.1-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail, which climbs the lower ridges of Blood Mountain. In the summer, expect wildflowers galore. In the winter, long-range views fill the spaces between the trees. The 1-mile Trahlyta Lake Trail forms a loop around its namesake offering an easy romp for families. It also delivers you to a great view of the 50-foot Trahlyta Falls. If you’re looking for a challenge, consider the 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail, which climbs a mile in elevation on its way into Chattahoochee National Forest. 

Non-motorized boats are welcome on the 22-acre lake. You can bring your own craft or rent a kayak or standup paddleboard from the park. The view from the far end of the lake, looking back toward Blood Mountain, is stellar. The fishing is pretty good too. The small lake has been known to deliver rainbow trout, bass and bream. Make sure you have a valid Georgia fishing license

More Info 

There’s a $5 per day entrance fee per vehicle. Find maps and reservation info at Vogel State Park’s website: 

All articles are for general informational purposes.  Each individual’s needs, preferences, goals and abilities may vary.  Be sure to obtain all appropriate training, expert supervision and/or medical advice before engaging in strenuous or potentially hazardous activity.