Nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park, one of Georgia’s oldest parks and favorite destinations, shares a timeless connection with its Civilian Conservation Corps builders by offering hiking, swimming, fishing and enjoying family time in a diverse mountain landscape.
One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular 4-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy lake loop that leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail.
Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The park’s 22 acre lake is open to non-motorized boats, and during summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach. This park is rich in history, with many facilities being constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during our nation’s Great Depression. The "CCC Boys" story is told in the park's museum. The CCC museum is open seasonally.
Vogel State Park History
Vogel State Park, established in 1931, is the second oldest state park in Georgia. Located at 2500 feet above sea level, Vogel sits at the base of Blood Mountain, the highest summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, and is surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest. The North Georgia Mountains around Vogel were linked to Native American people for generations before European settlement.
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Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 233 Acres
- 22 Acre Lake
- 34 Cottages
- 90 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites
- 18 Walk-In Campsites
- 1 Pioneer Campground (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 4 Picnic Shelters (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 1 Group Shelter (seats 90. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- 1 Lake Pavilion (seats 100. Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
- Sand Beach — seasonal
- Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum — seasonal
- General Store
- Wi-Fi — available at the Visitor Center, museum, group shelter, picnic shelters & cottages
- Roku streaming service available in cottages.
Things To Do & See
- Hiking — 17 miles of trails
- Miniature Golf (fee) — ADA accessible
- Weddings — park approval required
- Bike Rental — seasonal
- Kayak, Paddleboard, Pedalboat, & Aquacycle Rental — seasonal
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