If you’re itching for a change of scenery but doing your best to comply with the CDC’s guidelines on how to protect yourself and others from Covid-19, making responsible choices while camping at one of Georgia’s State Parks could be in your future. Keep in mind that the least crowded times to visit are in the early mornings and on weekdays, and keeping at least 6 feet away from other visitors to the park is the best way to stay safe. Keep reading for the scoop on our favorite five spots that offer plenty of trails, outdoor recreation and campsites, too.

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Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

Located in Dawsonville, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is one of two Adventure Lodges of Georgia. Nestled within 829-acres of North Georgia mountain wilderness, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge is an outdoorsman’s paradise. The lodge provides easy access to a challenging hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast at 729 feet. Additional adventure activities include ziplines, tomahawk throwing, 3-D archery, and GPS scavenger hunts. Newly renovated, the lodge features an expansive outdoor veranda with panoramic views of the mountains, a firepit and rocking chairs to bask in the view. Cabins and campsites are also available. 

418 Amicalola Falls Rd. Dawsonville, Ga 30534
Online: amicalolafallslodge.com

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Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Cluib

Approximately two hours south of Atlanta in Cordele, visitors to Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club—situated within Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park’s 1,300 acres—offers outdoor activities as wells as the SAM Shortline Excursion Train and the Military Museum. Activities include golf, archery and air rifle, biking, disc golf, hiking and a variety of water activities. While the Lodge has suspended operations until June, the park, campgrounds, golf course, and marine continue to remain open to the public.

2459-H US Hwy. 280 W., Cordele, Ga 31015
Online: lakeblackshearresort.com

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Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge

With newly completed renovations, Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge is a charming destination among the peaceful pine trees of the South in Helena, Georgia. Ideally suited for a relaxing getaway, Little Ocmulgee State Park is home to 1,360-acres of activities, including first-class golf at Wallace Adams Golf Course, a children’s splash pad, a private pool and Little Ocmulgee lake.  Accommodations consist of a 60-room main lodge, 10 lakeside cabins and 54 campsites.

80 Live Oak Trl., Helena, Ga 31037
Online: littleocmulgeelodge.com


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Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Located in the charming Alpine-Bavarian village Helen, Unicoi State Park & Lodge is one of two Adventure Lodges of Georgia. Unicoi State Park is home to more than a 1,000-acres of adventure activities, including Unicoi Lake, hiking trails, Anna Ruby Falls, ziplines, fly fishing, an archery and air rifle range, and mountain biking. Travelers can experience the adventure of the outdoors and unwind in its newly renovated lodge, one-of-a-kind barrel cabins or the primitive Squirrel’s Nest campsite to sleep beneath the stars.

1788 Hwy. 356, Helen, Ga 30545
Online: unicoilodge.com

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic parks in the state. Home to thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife, the park offers ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound, though in an effort to reduce social density and following CDC recommendations, some trails are limiting access to 10 visitors at a time. Guests seeking an overnight experience can choose from fully-equipped and comfortable cottages, quirky yurts or several different types of camping and backpacking options. Overnight guests may pay remaining balances online and enjoy convenient self check-in using the RA Camping App (Apple Devices or Android Devices) before going straight to their cabin, campsite or yurt.

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. Rising Fawn, Ga 30738
Online: gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon

—Shelley Massey

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