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 was a great stop close to the water. Between Blood Mountain and Neels Gap, we camped for two nights at different sites. Both were primitive, non-shelter sites. The sites, as is typical with the Appalachian trail, are pockets of cleared space just a few feet off the trail. Both sites had fire pits surrounded by nice logs to relax on as you cook your dinner. The first site was about a mile from the closest water source. There is room enough for 2-3 tents. The second night had a trail that was near a stream and had nice access to water. Second night was very close to Vogel.
Vogel State Park is hands down one of the nicest parks in Georgia. It has great hiking trails for every level of hiker, and a very beautiful lake that's great for fishing and paddling. They have brand new, beautiful, modern-looking cabins if you're more interested in sleeping inside, put-put golf, and a nice quiet scenic campground. It's located about an hour north of Gainesville Ga and is well located if you want to make day trips to Helen, Dahlonega, Blairsville and Blueridge. Our walk-in campsite was right on the creek. It had a good size tent pad that fit 2 tents with no problems. It was good walking distance from the rest of the park and far enough from other campsites that it felt nice and private. There are plenty of trees perfect for hanging hammocks. We had a very nice restful stay there and look forward to staying there again.
We enjoyed a challenging 11-mile hike up and over 3 mountains from trail heads inside the park. There are shorter hikes that start here as well. My 9-year old loved exploring the mushrooms and nature growing in the very wooded campsites. The campsites are large with driveways, 1-2 tent pads, picnic table, fire ring and lantern poles at each site. The campground was very busy and you could see your neighbors around you. But this also means there are more conveniences like running water and hot showers. The campground also has a mini-gold course, lake and gift shop. There were lots of kids riding bikes and dogs are allowed, so while this so not a serene site, it's definitely great for families and groups that want to hang out!
it was a fun camp ground when i was younger.. would love to get back to this park
This is an amazing place to relax and let loose while outdoors. You can camp out while fishing to your hearts content. Recommend this park to fishermen!
Loved this park!
Great place to spend the weekend away from everything. You have amazing scenery for your hiking, camping, and fishing needs!