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.
Absolutely beautiful park! Can get crowded on the weekends. Friendly staff. Tends to stay damp in actual campground due to trees. Several hiking trails and lake for swimming.
loved the campground. Had a bit of a time getting my popup on the site….lots of trees, but once in we loved it.
This park is a go-to for us. There is lots to do whether it be hiking to the waterfall, swimming in the lake, or renting a paddleboard or kayak. It’s a beautiful place!
Looking for waterfalls, lake, creek, woods, trails, putt putt? This park has it. Read a full review and photos on this link. https://imaginecamper.com/2018/03/20/vogel-state-park-stay-2/
Great campground with plenty of sites to find one that suits your needs. Camp hosts are super friendly and very helpful. Mini golf courses to play with kids in the park. Plenty of hiking trails. Bath houses are clean albeit well used.
While it’s often a bit of a shock to come to such a developed and highly manicured campground after having spent some time in the woods without all the amenities, it sure was nice to get a hot shower in a heated bathroom! Vogel State Park was perfectly situated along Hwy 19 in the north Georgia mountains for an easy spot for the night.
In early March, this state park was extremely quiet, especially in the loop designed specifically for tents, vans, and small rigs like ours. Each site has been lined with fresh gravel, a firepit, picnic table, utility pole, electricity and water. A few of the sites are pull-through and some are conjoined with another site, making it a perfect place for families/groups wanting to have close-by sites. Throughout the park, there are plenty of sites for large RV’s, as well as some walk-in sites for tents.
The bathrooms are clean, with wheelchair accessibility in one shower and toilet, but the one near our site doesn’t have a wheelchair ramp to the bathroom itself.
In addition to the campsites, this park offers a small lake, hiking trails, playgrounds, miniature golf, and some modern, fully-equipped cabins complete with a small deck, grill, and picnic table. The closest town is Blairsville, GA, about a 10 mile drive with most of the basics you need.
We spent our three-day Memorial Day weekend at Vogel State Park. We camped in a tent. The staff is very friendly/helpful and the facilities are pristine. Our campsite (#70) was located directly across from the bathhouse and was huge for a "tent" site…we have a 17'x9' tent and the site accommodated our tent, two vehicles and a 5'x8' utility trailer with room to spare! The park has beautiful views and is only a short distance from Brasstown Bald and Helton Creek Falls. The park store had most of the supplies that you would need for camping but, if not, there is a Dollar General located just a few miles away. This is our favorite of the GA State Parks so far!! There are kayak, pedal boat, paddle board and bicycle rentals available!
I visit at least once a year and stay either so I can day hike the area trails (AT and others) or at the end of a section hike so I can have a nice shower, wash clothing, and just relax.
My friend and I took an overnight backpacking trip here. The hiking trails are nice and there is a nice lake at the parking lot.
We spent a week here in Feb. 2017 it was a bit chilly and quiet. The sites and trails are very well maintained, all facilities were clean and the park rangers are super friendly. They also offer cabin and cottages for those who do not camp. There is a playground area as well as putt putt golf and the best part they are dog friendly! During the summer they offer a beach area with peddle boats and kayaks. The lake is 22 acres with trails that go along the lake. As of right now Vogel is on my top 10 list and we will certainly be returning.