There are about a million (okay, I may be exaggerating) places to camp in Georgia most of which are not too far from the metro Atlanta area, but the problem with “the best” is that everyone has their own idea of the best camping areas, so which is right for you?
Best Campsites for Families: Stone Mountain Georgia
What is great about Stone Mountain is that it can give you the camping experience, but it is not terribly remote. In fact it is very close to many people’s homes. There is also a convenient camp store and many bath houses so that some of the more challenging aspects camping won’t apply. Kids also can get bored easily and Stone Mountain has tons of things to do, some free and some not, such as a pool in the camp ground, climbing the mountain, a village with restaurants and shops, and a vast array of other things.
Best Campsites for Hikers: Cloudland Canyon State Park
There are easy hikes and many that are much more strenuous. There are ways to get to the bottom of the Canyon as well as two waterfalls. This is also a favorite spot among geocachers.
Best Campsites for Thrill Seekers: Tallulah Gorge State Park
This gorge and the surrounding parks is a great place for any adrenaline junkies. There is a suspension bridge, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking areas. There are many protected species, and I must point out this park is not the most friendly one out there for pets.
Best Campsites for Fishers & Swimmers: Wildcat Creek Camping
Anglers are often camping aficionados as well and this campsite features a creek that is stocked with trout and is listed as a great swimming hole so this camp site is the best for anyone who loves the water, or what lives in it.
Best Campsites for Travelers, Beach Lovers, Horse Lovers, or Those Looking for Something Unique: Cumberland Island National Park
This is one of the most unique areas to camp in. There are tons of activities and you are literally camping at the beach. Swimming is an option anywhere on the island. Other activities include star gazing, bird watching, fishing, and what is very unique to this area is that Cumberland has a herd of wild horses. Another unique factor are the Dungeness ruins, which some say are haunted.
Camping is a great activity that I think anyone can enjoy, but what makes an experience something you can enjoy is choosing the right location to camp in. Make sure you do research on where you are going before you go, unless you are an experienced camper, so that you can be adequately prepared for any adventures you may have.