Find mountain lakes, rugged forests, and miles of hiking and biking trails just a hop skip and a jump from the fast lane of Atlanta’s city streets, and you can experience it all from the privacy and convenience of an RV. From RV camping in Georgia state parks to private campgrounds near Atlanta, there’s no better way to explore the contrast of Atlanta’s city living with the natural beauty that surrounds it. Keep reading for our favorite RV parks and campsites near Atlanta.

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 locations places you only 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta, where you'll find the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, and more. Or, stay put and explore 3200 acres, or perhaps hit the amusement park, mini golf, and steam locomotive, also located in Stone Mountain Park.

Bonus: You'll find deck areas with grills on them for some RV sites, plus a swimming pool, playground, and sand volleyball court.

1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
800-385-9807
Online: stonemountainpark.com

McKinney Campground

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 the 270 miles of shoreline.

Bonus: There are two swimming areas with nice 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. SE
Acworth, GA 30102
678-721-6700
Online: recreation.gov

 

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.

Bonus: 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.

76 High Falls Park Drive
Jackson, GA 30233
800-864-7275
Online: gastateparks.reserveamerica.com

 

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Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia's newest state parks and with 2,910 acres, also one of its largest. 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.

Bonus: 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
Newnan, GA 30263
770-254-7271
Online: gastateparks.org

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.

Bonus: 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 perfect for the active family RV destination.

205 Horseshoe Dam Road
Whitesburg, GA 30185
770-834-9149
Online: historicbanningmills.com

Sweetwater Creek RV Resort

While this RV park near Atlanta is a no-frills place for overnight parking, it's proximity to Atlanta and nice, shady location means you can get to all that Atlanta has to offer in no time at all.

Bonus: Sweetwater Creek State Park, a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta with a wooded trail that follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. There is also a bait shop and fishing in this park.

2558 Wren Circle
Austell, GA 30168
770-743-4378
Online: swcrv.com

Big 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.

Bonus: The picturesque village of Cave Spring has antique and specialty shops, and a legendary cave to explore in Rolater Park.

6770 Cave Spring Rd. SW
Cave Spring, GA 30124
706-777-3030
Online: bigcedarcreek.com

 

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.

Bonus: 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 Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-422-1932
Online: gastateparks.org

Vogel State Park

Named the Best State Park for RVers by USA Today, Vogel State Park sits at the base of Blood Mountain, just 2 hours outside of Atlanta and inside the Chattahoochee National Forest. RV campers can choose from 90 campsites with electric hookups.

Bonus: While at Vogel, you can hike the park's 17 miles of trails, ranging from easy to more advanced. Go fishing and paddling in Lake Trahlyta, hike to waterfalls like Helton Creek Falls and Desoto Falls, and don't miss the opportunity to see the view from Brasstown Bald, the state's highest point.

405 Vogel State Park Rd.
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-2628
Online: gastateparks.reserveamerica.com

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—Shelley Massey

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