Camping at Vogel State Park, GA
Our family camped 3 days/2 nights at Vogel State Park in early September, 2015 in our pop-up camper. We picked this weekend in particular because Ben's mom, Alice, was visiting and they also had a small festival and bluegrass event scheduled. Nestled up in the mountains of north Georgia, the weather and temps were very comfortable at this time of the year. Vogel State Park is pet friendly for leashed dogs, so Lula was able to join us as well.
Our site was near the rear of the park, close to the primitive sites, and had a small creek running through the back. Being a state park you get to drive in and pick whichever site you want thats available, so we got to scope out a few open sites before deciding. You can also have a tent on your site in addition to your camper at no extra charge. The sites felt like they had plenty of space in between so you could spread out and not hear your neighbors coughing in the middle of the night.
The site we picked had a campfire ring, grill, and plenty of space for hammocks and the easy up. Nice and level gravel back-in site, so we didn't have to worry about mud outside the camper when we experienced a quick downpour in the middle of the night. We did end up putting the mosquito net up due to the bugs, but to also create a "safe zone" to somewhat contain Ava. I really enjoyed this location because the camping sites are wooded with plenty of trails and nature surrounding you. The sound of the creek in the background was a plus, and Ava spent a lot of hours playing In it.
Another sound that's music to my families ears are the motorcycles that frequent the surrounding twisty roads. Ben and I have cruised up and down those roads before, but never knew of the little gem of a park hidden in the trees. When the weather is decent, you can hear the revving of motorcycles throughout the day as they travel up and down, with weekends being the most popular. Some reviewers have listed this as a nuisance, so warning has been shared!
Things to Do
There are quite a few things to do, mostly hiking which we don't do a ton of because of Ava, to keep yourselves occupied:
- Take a hike around the lake - The trail is fairly short, but brings you around the lake to catch in some sights
- Rent paddle boats - There are no motorized water activities so this will have to suffice
- Take a swim - But only in the small roped off area, the rest of the lake is off limits to swimming
- Miniature golf - Near the laundry room, could give your family something different to do
- Hike to the waterfall - Short hike down a trail off of the lake loop, pretty waterfall with nice observation deck. Some short parts of the trail were a little steep so be prepared.
- Hike other trails around the park - There were plenty of other trails to explore, and the park office has maps for guidance. We did not explore any other trails on this visit though.
- Scheduled events - Keep your eye out for planned events as if affects the camping availability greatly. We caught a bluegrass festival and the campgrounds were booked.
- Just hang out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings in a hammock or chair!
The one thing that still stands out in my memory is that I was surprised at how small the lake and overall park was in comparison to the pictures I viewed online. Pictures make it seem so much bigger!
Anyways, this is a great little park to add to your list for camping, and they also have small cottages as well if you aren't into tent or "camper" camping. A check mark on our list for state park camping and another memorable experience with my family! Learn more or reserve your next trip on the official site here.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES CAMPING AT VOGEL STATE PARK? I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!