Located Northwest of Macon and great for camping near Atlanta, High Falls State Park is named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. Boat rental, ramps and fishing docks provide easy access to the park’s lake, known as one of Georgia’s top fishing spots for hybrid and white bass. Overnight visitors can choose from a spacious campground or lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wood tents. Each yurt features a small deck, picnic table and grill outside, plus furniture, electrical outlets and a ceiling fan inside. During summer, guests may cool off in the park’s swimming pool.
Visitors can hike along the river’s edge and through hilly forest to the remains of a hydroelectric power plant foundation. In the early 1800s, this area was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls fell from prosperity in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today, the park is a popular camping destination and a relaxing side trip for travelers on I-75.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities:
-650 Acre Lake
-106 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites, some seasonal
-1 Pioneer Campground
-1 Paddle-In Primitive Campsite (sleeps 25)
-1 Group Shelter (seats 125)
-5 Picnic Shelters
-River Pavilion — for campground guests only
-Swimming Pool (fee) — seasonal
-2 Boat Ramps
-Playgrounds (Note: the playground in the River Campground B Loop has been removed)
High falls SP, GA
Stopped here on an overnight enroute south in September . Weekday and very sparsely occupied, so it was very quiet.
After seeing both campgrounds I wish I had stayed at the upper one near the lake and dam.
The lower campground has a coded gate and was in a separate area across the street and down the road. You can hike to the lake/dam area by way of Tranquility Trail (2.5 miles).
There are basically three areas, (two loops and a circle)with two latrines. The latrine in the circle area had a washer and dryer. I did not go in the other one.
Several of the sites picnic tables and fire rings sat close together so if you don’t know your “neighbors” you will get to know them.
The other sites were good size and you have some privacy. There are big grassy area in each loop and it’s all shaded.
My site was near the river but it’s a somewhat treacherous trail down to water level. The water looked like chocolate milk and was not very inviting. I would guess there had been recent flooding and high water areas. Fishing would have been easy enough.
The staff was ….. interesting. One of the woman at the check in openly voiced her opinion about a much nicer camping area at another location. Then there was the kamikaze guy on the “golf cart” speeding crazily through the campground. I realize they don’t have speedometers, however he was going faster then 15 mph.
This campground was a great place to spend the weekend. There are several historic hydro-electric areas to explore and scenic streams where you can skip rocks or fish. The camping area has several clean rest rooms with hot water showers. There is a camp store and rec area for the kiddos!
Absolutely gorgeous scenery - it’s not only on a lake but also on a dam and 3+ waterfalls. The nature trails are also really interesting. The facilities are decent and it’s particularly good if you like fishing and kayaking.
Downside if you get a campsite on the side of the dam (it’s split - one side is on the lake/dam, the other is on the river/falls) - it’s right next to private housing and those are some party loving people at 2am. Their dogs also have bark battles all night long.
5 stars for the park itself. 0 stars for the neighbors.
The campsites are very clean, and the facilities are well taken care of. It’s relatively easy to drive a trailer into your site. The downsides are that its a bit buggy - lots of flies in particular, and the sites don’t often have grass which makes it difficult if you have a pet. WiFi signal was pretty terrible, we had a hard time working remotely with our hotspots.
High Falls State Park is named for the cascade waterfall that flows from the lake in the park. It is a pretty good waterfall, on the Towaliga River. There is a campground with over 200 sites, with water & electric, 30/50 amp, Some are pull-thru, and a pioneer camping spot. There are also 6 lakeside yurts, with a small deck & picnic table. There is a small store and a dump station. You can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle-boards. There us also a small playground and a mini golf. The park also has swimming pool. Fishing is supposed to be big here, but I didn’t fish. Boat ramps are available.
You can hike along the edge of the waterfall, and there were people sunning and playing in the pools below the falls.
See RV Camping Journal for details
Beautiful park. See RV Camping Journal for details.
Spent one night on the road here at a RV site on the lakeside camping area (they also offer additional entrance to river side camping.) Busy but courteous neighbors. Playground, mini golf, swimming pool (closed), and pretty clean toilets. Keep that trash far—ants love it here! Nice falls trail hike in the afternoon. Well-marked trails with some fun off shoot paths. Ordered Papa Johns right to the campsite entrance!
Perfect for families. Peaceful and pretty sites.
People were friendly and the common areas were kept in stellar condition.