Atlanta is a hustling, bustling, and metropolitan city with plenty of fun opportunities to explore and amazing sights to see. There’s never a lack of great things to do. Festivals at the park? Perfect! Biking on the Beltline? Yes please! But sometimes you need to disconnect from all of the energy the city brings and reconnect with nature, and what better way to do it than to go camping and hiking. Luckily for you Atlanta is surrounded by some of the best camping and hiking trails Georgia has to offer. So grab some of your hiking buddies, a tent, and a pair of hiking boots and head on your way to your next camping adventure.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Surround yourself with ferns, magnolias and hardwoods in this 2,549-acre natural retreat. Just roughly thirty minutes outside the city Sweetwater Creek State Park not only offers the perfect outdoor getaway from the city, but it comes jam packed with awesome outdoor activities, which include 15 miles of hiking trails, outdoor fitness equipment, and boating/fishing equipment rentals. There are also plenty of camping spots for you to pitch a tent. Not interested in disturbing your sleep by roughing it in the outdoors? No problem! Yurt rentals are also available to give you more of a glamping experience.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Pitch your tent, put on those hiking boots, and grab your backpack, because Tallulah Gorge is 2,700 acres of outdoor entertainment. About 87 miles outside of the city you can escape to Georgia’s most amazing waterfalls. The park not only has one, nor two, but five waterfalls that you can hike too. In addition to breathtaking waterfall hikes you can go kayaking, paddle-boarding, or take a leisurely swim on Sand Beach. Tallulah Gorge is also a rock climber’s paradise offering spectacular views, but make sure to call ahead of time in spring and fall because Tallulah Gorge will close for a few days for water releases for kayaking competitions.
Plan your next camping trip to Lake Allatoona only 27 miles outside of Atlanta. Home to 14 day parks, 12,000 acres of lake and 270 miles of shoreline this lake provides campers with ample of fun water activities. Take a swim or reel in a big one at the lake. If you have a boat take it to one of the many marinas to take care of all of your boating needs. One drawback is that you won’t be able to make any camping reservations in advance as the park works on a first come first serve basis. So you’ll have to try your luck at finding a spot, but the beautiful lake and great activities make this trip worth a try. So see for yourself why millions of visitors come to this lake each year.
Atlanta truly offers the best of both worlds, city life and nature and this makes living in or close to the city an amazing place to be. What are some of your favorite hiking spots around the city?