Established in 1931, Vogel State Park stands today as one of Georgia’s oldest state parks. Over 223 acres of land make up this beautiful reserve, known for its extensive selection of trails and crisp, brightly colored forests. Located at the base of Blood Mountain in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel is especially popular during the fall thanks to the blanket of colors that transform the park’s trees and wildlife. In fact, Red, yellow, and gold leaves cover the landscape of the surrounding hills, mountains, and valleys for months at a time.
This park is also full of history, with many facilities being constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. To learn about the “CCC” boys and their incredible story, check out the park museum open seasonally.
The North Georgia Mountains around Vogel were also linked to native tribes for generations before European settlement, and the adventurous individual can still find remnants from their time on this land via the surrounding trails. In fact, there are a variety of trails available, including the 4 mile Bear Hair Gap loop. Bear Hair is easier than other hikes in the area and leads to the Trahlyta Falls, a peaceful set of waterfalls perfect for photo opportunities or a small picnic. More seasoned hikers can undergo the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail, which showcases the regional wildlife and various water features throughout.
If hiking isn’t your thing, the park’s 22 acre lake is open to non-motorized boats, and during summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach. Enjoy paddleboarding or kayaking while your family watches you from shore, then finish up with a round of mini golf at the park’s 18 hole course.
For overnight accommodations, 34 Cottages, 85 campsites and 18 primitive backpacking sites are all available for a reasonable rate.There is also a pioneer campground available for rent, which is perfect for groups and allows campers to see how past settlers would have lived. During your stay, there are 4 picnic shelters available for use, as well as a group shelter and a lake pavilion, which seat 90 and 100 guests respectively. There is also a general store open year round, with Wifi open at the visitor center.
This park has it all! It is one if the prettiest parks in Georgia. There is so much to do. Waterfalls, the Appalachian Trail, large lake, swimming beach. An abundance of camp sites, many with full hookup.
Great camp although we had the pioneer site which is a walk in. And it wasn't posted anywhere. Tough showing up at 9 at night without a view or a way into camp. But besides a walk up a hill it was a great get away. Bobcats, bears, and all kinds of wild life
You can drive to plenty of mountain overlooks and waterfalls in the area including in the park. Try Helton creek falls within 2 miles of the park Ask what is in the area. We were there 4 days and didn't see it all but kept busy
Also turn left out of the park and visit (free) the first place on the left called Byron Reese Farm and Heritage Center for a great free map of area attractions(Reese was a famous poet and author and this was his home and farm with live animals). There is plenty to do in the park but you are within driving distance of :Helton Creek Falls..Desoto Falls..Brasstown Bald..UnicoiState Park(which contains. Anna Ruby Falls &Barvarian Village of Helen)and 12 other great places.
I think it’s the largest campground in Georgia.
it is BIG but don’t have that feeling. I don’t have any pictures that I can access right now.
Vogel state park was an amzing experience. Everything from the drive up the windy roads and hairpin turns to the campsites being located close to some awesome trail heads. especially the trail to Blood Mountain. There’s plenty of activities like canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking. Hot showers, flushable toilets, snack vendors, and everything you would need is all accessable. All items are reasonably priced as well. Beautiful scenery on the mountains and durig the summer the weather is much cooler up there. Great place to visit! I recommend it for solo, couples, family, pretty much everyone.
This campground has a beautiful mountain view behind the lake. There is also a beautiful waterfall to hike to. They offer paddle boards, kayaks, peddleboats, and aqua cycles to rent for the lake. They also offer bike rentals and putt putt course. There is a general store in the visitor center. There are hiking trails for the extreme hikers too that go into the mountains on the Appalachian trail. The campsites are pretty close together, but we had a premier spot that was larger and a pull-through. The bathrooms were clean, but old and dated. This is one of the oldest campgrounds in the state. They offer cottages and cabins for rent. There was a dog parking loud constantly that was so annoying. We have dogs and many people camping there did, but our dogs don’t bark constantly. I would say this isn’t the campgrounds fault, but this irresponsible pet owner was literally between two campground hosts. Had it continued late at night past 10pm we would have had to call someone. It’s hard to relax by the fire with a dog barking constantly. The campground needs to add more signage. People are driving around looking lost. Here’s the problem … if you have an RV or camper and park in the RV spaces when you pull out on the far end to the right you cannot see the directional signs. We pulled to the right and it was a dead end at the cottages. It was very stressful trying to the turn around hauling a camper. People in the cottages told us we weren’t the only ones to pull down there and have to turn around. Lots of cars were turning around down there, but with a camper it’s a nightmare. I paid extra for a pullthrough only to deal with that nonsense at the start. I suggest adding a sign at the far right exit of parking lot that has directions. Add another sign that says “Cabins only - Dead End”. If our camper had been an inch longer we couldn’t have turned around. Not impressed by the swimming area at the beach.
We camped at the pioneer camp site by the creek. It has a pavilion and a creek very close by. It was a hike in but it was simply amazing! Highly recommend!!
This campground has a nice old school feel with the old buildings. The mountain setting and lake offer nice shade with swimming and fishing and good trails. The cabins appeared to be in the process of upgrades while we were there.
This camground is nestled in the mountains of North Georgia, just a couple hours north of Atlanta. Vogel has a lot to offer, including hiking trails, waterfalls, a lake with water activites, a beach, mini golf, and much more! Stay in a cabin, an RV, or a tent. This is a great place for either a one-night stay or even a week or longer! I’ve been going to Vogel since I was a kid and I love it!
Cool off in the lake. But this place is tops for the hiker. Love Love the many trails.