Georgia State Parks Lodging Guide
One of the most cost-efficient, natural, and memorable ways to explore the Northeast Georgia Mountains is to stay in a lodge or cabin in Georgia State Parks.
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to stay overnight in the northeast Georgia mountains is at Georgia State Parks in the area. These lodging choices are located in lodges and in cabins and cottages on some of the most beautiful scenic locations in the state. Most cabins and cottages have kitchens and cooking utensils provided.
Most cabin, lodge, and cottage stays require a two-night stay. They can be cooked up to a year in advance. Booking, prices, and details of each lodging opportunity is on the Georgia State Parks website. Reservations can be made online or by calling each property. Some are very large and will accommodate large groups; others are much smaller. These lodging treasures are nestled in on Georgia protected properties. There is no better way to truly explore and know a Georgia state park than by staying overnight on the property.
Here are some Northeast Georgia State Parks you should consider visiting. Most are nestled in and around the breathtaking mountains and valley of the Georgia Appalachians.
Vogel State Park – Blairsville, Georgia
Vogel offers a lake with a beach, fishing, and a museum honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression. The CCC built many of the state parks in Georgia. The park has cottages. It is located at 7485 Vogel State Park Road and the local telephone number is (706) 745-2628.
Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville, Georgia
This amazing park is centered around a 729-foot waterfall, which is the tallest in the Southeastern United States. The property offers cottages and a lodge with a restaurant. There is also a hike inn on the property where the more adventurous can hike to the location, stay overnight, and after having breakfast the next morning, hike back into the public portion of the park.
The local telephone number is (706) 265-4703 and the park is located at 418 Amicalola Fall Lodge Road. In Cherokee, ‘Amicalola’ means ‘tumbling waters.’
Richard B. Russell State Park – Elberton, Georgia
This state park property offers a golf course, beach volleyball, and rowing areas. It has cottages and is located at 2650 Russell State Park Road and the local telephone number is (706) 213-2045.
Smithgall Woods Conservation Area in Helen, Georgia
This incredibly beautiful property which was donated to the state from a private source offers to catch and release fishing, but reservations are required. There are also wildlife observation activities and rental cottages. This is probably the most expensive lodging option in the Georgia State Parks system. It is located at 61 Tsalaki Trail and the local telephone number is (706) 878-3087. Smithgall Woods maintains a separate website from the state parks general website.
Unicoi State Park – Helen, Georgia
One of the most popular state parks in the region, Unicoi State Park and Lodge offers accommodations in a property lodge and also has cottages and a beach. It is located at 1788 Georgia Highway 356, and the local number at Unicoi is (706) 878-2201.
Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, Georgia
Located on Lake Hartwell, volleyball and mini-golf is offered. Lodging is offered in cottages.
Tugaloo State Park is located at 1763 Tugaloo State Park Road in Lavonia, Georgia. The local telephone number is (706) 356-4362.
Black Rock Mountain State Park – Mountain City, Georgia
This is Georgia’s highest state park at 3,640 feet. The park offers many hiking trails into the Blue Ridge Mountains and has lodging available in cabins. It is located at 3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway and the local telephone number is (706) 746-2141.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, Georgia
This fun state park offers a lake with a swimming beach, disc golf, bike trails, and mini-golf. Lodging is offered in the way of cottages. It is located at 210 South Broad Street and the local telephone number is (770) 867-3489.
All of these state parks are unique in their surroundings and views. More information can be located by phoning the Georgia State Park main line at (800) 864-7275, but I have found it helpful over the years to contact the parks directly with questions and this is why I have included their direct lines. More information and photos about these parks with lodging can be found by visiting the Georgia State Parks website.