Skip to Content (Press Enter)
Whether you are a first-time camper or an experienced backpacker, Georgia's state parks have a campsite for you. Forty-one parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-thru sites, primitive camping and group camping areas. Rates average around $23–$28 per night. Most state parks have laundry facilities and sell camping supplies.
- Camping Tips
- Don't Move Firewood
- Hiking Safety Tips
- Camping With Kids - published in Points North Magazine
Tent, Trailer and RV Camping
These developed sites offer electrical and water hookups, grills or fire rings, and picnic tables. Some are specially designed just for tents, while others have curved pull-thrus for large RVs. Modern comfort stations with hot showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets are conveniently located. All campgrounds have dump stations, and several offer cable TV hookups. Hart Outdoor Recreation Area, Florence Marina, Gordonia-Alatamaha, Reed Bingham, Skidaway Island and Unicoi state parks offer some full sewage hookup campsites.
Walk-In Tent Sites
These wooded campsites provide a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring, but usually no water or electricity. While they are more secluded than tent/trailer/RV sites, they are within easy walking distance of a comfort station, water spigot, trash bins and central parking area.
Backpackers will enjoy the solitude of these undeveloped sites. All camping gear (including water) is packed in and out by the hiker. A few parks, such as Tugaloo and Ft. McAllister, have primitive campsites that do not require a long hike.
Platform and Squirrels Nest Camping
Fort Mountain, Victoria Bryant, and Unicoi state parks offer covered platforms where visitors can roll out sleeping bags. Bathhouses with hot showers are within walking distance, and fire rings and picnic tables are provided.
Organized groups such as Scouts can pitch tents in these private camping areas found at most state parks. All come with pit toilets, most have water spigots and some have covered picnic shelters and grills. These primitive campsites will not accommodate RVs or trailers and usually do not provide showers.
Things to Know about Camping
Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance, online or by calling 1-800-864-7275. Campsite reservations are for a “type of site,” not for a specific campsite number. You may select the available site of your choice (of the type you reserved) after check-in.
Minimum Stay: A two-night minimum is required for weekend reservations, and a three-night minimum is required for Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day weekends. Walk-ins may occupy a site for just one night.
Deposits and Cancellations: A deposit equal to the minimum stay is required. Cancellations made at least three days prior to the arrival date will receive a deposit refund, minus $10 cancellation fee. Campers must pay the full balance upon check-in. No refunds are given when the stay is shortened to less than the required minimum. This also applies to equestrian-area campers and horse stalls. Reservations may be transferred once to another date, facility or park without penalty as long as it is made at least three days prior to the arrival date. To change a reservation, call 1-800-864-7275. Cancellations can be made on-line, however, reservation changes cannot be made online.
Occupancy: To protect park resources, campsite occupancy is limited to one of the following combinations:
One motor home, two additional automobiles, and one tent.
One automobile with pop-up trailer/travel trailer, one additional automobile, and one tent.
One pickup truck with mounted camping rig, two additional automobiles, and one tent.
Two tents and two automobiles.
One boat trailer is also allowed at each site provided that the site is large enough. Campsites have a six-person occupancy limit, and tents must fit on designated tent pads. Tents erected off designated tent pads are subject to removal. Camping between designated sites is prohibited. When camping areas are filled to stated capacity, no other campers will be allowed. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days at any one park. Visitors using a campsite for 14 nights must vacate the park for at least three nights before returning.
Check-In: Check-in is between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. and check-out is before 1 p.m. Campers must register and present a reservation confirmation before setting up. Both the reservation and deposit fee are forfeited if the camper does not check in by 10 p.m. on the scheduled arrival date. Most park gates are locked at 10 p.m. Tents and other personal property left overnight in an unoccupied campsite are subject to removal and fees will be forfeited. “Saving” sites for late-arriving guests is allowed only for reservations made in advance, but cannot be monitored by park staff.
Hook-ups and Site Comforts: All RV sites and most “regular” campsites offer electrical and water hookups, grills or fire rings, and picnic tables. Modern comfort stations with hot showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets are conveniently located. All campgrounds have dump stations, and several offer cable TV hookups. Only Florence Marina, Gordonia-Alatamaha and Skidaway have a few sites with sewage hookups.
Rules: Pets are welcome in campgrounds if kept on a six-foot leash and attended at all times. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Since organized groups are not eligible to occupy regular tent/trailer/RV sites, group camps and pioneer camping areas are available and offer more privacy.
ParkPass: There is a ParkPass fee for each vehicle.