After a day filled with adventure, you want a truly unique place to grab some zzzz’s. You want a place that’s fun to tell your friends about. Check out these seven suggestions for accommodations with a twist. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll wake up right in the heart state park scenery. Learn more about these unusual cabins, campsites and yurts at GaStateParks.org.
Historic Burnham House
This elegantly decorated 19th-century home is a romantic country retreat inside General Coffee State Park. Sip coffee on your rocking-chair porch, say hello to the park’s farm animals and stroll scenic nature trails. In the evening, take a soak in the clawfoot tub or cozy up to a warm fire.
Take camping to a whole new level with "glamping" yurts. These canvas and wood tent-cabins have beds inside, a picnic table and grill outside, and even a relaxing porch. Hot showers are just a short walk away. You’ll find yurt villages at Cloudland Canyon, Red Top Mountain, High Falls, Fort Yargo, Tugaloo and Sweetwater Creek state parks.
For the ultimate seclusion, set up camp on your own private island when you stay at High Falls or Reed Bingham state parks. Their small islands can hold 25 to 30 people, making them perfect for Scouts, clubs or just a group of fun-loving friends. Campers arrive by canoe, kayak or boat, and rentals are available at the parks.
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
Sleep cozy just outside the famous Okefenokee Swamp when you stay at this nature retreat in Fargo. Surrounded by pine-scented forest, it offers exceptional privacy and comfortable cottages for individuals as well as groups. Just 18 miles away is Stephen C. Foster State Park where you can take ranger-led boat tours to look for alligators, bobcats, raccoons, deer, owls and additional swamp wildlife.
Treat yourself with a mountain getaway to this elegant retreat near Helen. Smithgall Woods features six private cabins, some with hot tubs and others sitting right above babbling Dukes Creek. Enjoy hiking and fly fishing right outside your cabin door.
Set up camp high above the river at Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Newnan. These wooden platforms conveniently keep your tent off the ground and your lantern overhead. After a day of paddling or fishing on the “Hooch,” you can toast the perfect s’more over your campfire.
Georgia's Only Backcountry Lodge
The Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park is reached only by hiking a five-mile trail through the forest. Make new friends while swapping hiking stories over dinner, and don’t miss sunrise before breakfast and heading back down the trail.