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Places to Camp near Athens, GA

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Athens, GA has a lot to offer. Athens is filled with the activities, sights, and experiences to make everyone in your crew a happy camper. Find the best campgrounds near Athens, GA. Read reviews from campers like you and find your perfect campsite.

Best Camping Sites Near Athens, GA (113)

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    1.

    Fort Yargo State Park Campground

    40 Reviews
    108 Photos
    174 Saves
    Winder, Georgia

    Nestled between Athens and Atlanta, Fort Yargo is a 1,816-acre park located in Georgia state. Its namesake comes from a log fort that was constructed by settlers who, at the time, built it to protect themselves against the Creek and Cherokee. Nowadays, visitors flock to this park to enjoy the variety of outdoor recreation and activities.

    Apart from all the recreation the park has to offer, it also provides some of the most gorgeous views in the Eastern region of the United States. Here, folks can enjoy over 20 miles of hiking and bike trails. Fort Yargo State Park is also a common location for outdoor weddings and other types of special events and celebrations.

    Those looking to stay overnight have an abundance of options to choose from. The park offers 12 walk-in campsites, 13 “adventure” cabins, 40 RV and tent campsites, group shelters, and even lakeside yurts for anyone wanting a true “glamping” experience. The fees for staying overnight range from $25-135, and do not include the ParkPass fee. The ParkPass fee is $5 per day for passenger vehicles carrying a maximum of 12 people, and for passenger vehicles with additional occupants the fee is $30 per day. Additionally, there is an annual option for $50-75 per year. Luckily, visitors are only required to pay for a ParkPass once during the entirety of their stay.

    The main attractions to this park are the variety of activities such as disc golf, mini golf, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, and geocaching. Disc golf has proven to be a challenge for many visitors, at least partly due to the fact that it's a densely wooded course. This park is also home to a gorgeous 260-acre lake with a seasonal beach. Visitors can enjoy a day at the lake on one of the two beach pavilions and fishing is a welcome activity as well.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $34 - $36 / night

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    Hard Labor Creek State Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    80 Photos
    154 Saves
    Rutledge, Georgia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Stone Mountain Park Campground

    87 Reviews
    259 Photos
    383 Saves
    Stone Mountain, Georgia

    Nestled among 3200 acres of natural beauty just outside of Atlanta, the Stone Mountain Park Campground features over 400 RV, Pop-up, and Tent sites as well as Yurt, Safari Tent, and RV Rentals. While Stone Mountain GA camping you'll also find a variety of recreational activities and family-friendly attractions and events available seasonally.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $44 - $65 / night

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    Watson Mill Bridge State Park Campground

    13 Reviews
    69 Photos
    58 Saves
    Carlton, Georgia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Don Carter State Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    152 Photos
    169 Saves
    Lula, Georgia

    Don Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first state park on 38,000 acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers. Guests can stay cool at a large, sand swimming beach with bath house. Boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, while a multi-use trail welcomes hikers and bikers to explore the hardwood forest. This new park offers several choices for overnight getaways as well. Two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake. One campground is designed specifically for RVs, while another primitive camping area is just for tents and hammocks. The campground and cottage loop is gated, providing access to overnight guests. The park is named in honor of real-estate executive Don Carter who served on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board for 29 years and worked to establish Lake Lanier’s first state park.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $1 - $30 / night

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    Tugaloo State Park Campground

    39 Reviews
    144 Photos
    171 Saves
    Fair Play, South Carolina

    Situated on a wooded peninsula, Tugaloo’s cottages and most campsites offer spectacular views of 55,590 acre Lake Hartwell in every direction. Some cottages even have private boat docks for overnight guests. Tent campers can choose between the developed campground or primitive sites located a short walk from the parking area. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water skiing, sailing and boating. Both the Sassafras and Muscadine hiking trails wind through oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees. Tugaloo State Park boasts a six-lane mega ramp used for large fishing tournaments and easy lake access. Fishing is excellent year-round, and large-mouth bass are plentiful. The name “Tugaloo” comes from an Indian name for the river which once flowed freely prior to the construction of Hartwell Dam.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $5 - $38 / night

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    Victoria Bryant State Park Campground

    14 Reviews
    59 Photos
    70 Saves
    Royston, Georgia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

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    Pine Lake RV Campground

    4 Reviews
    7 Photos
    34 Saves
    Bishop, Georgia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    North Shore Landing

    12 Reviews
    21 Photos
    37 Saves
    Greensboro, Georgia

    We are proud to present our North Landing Beach camp resort & campground offering the perfect combination of amenities and rustic camping.

    A playful railroad theme is just a hint of all the fun you will have at this one-of-a-kind resort. Offering full hook-up RV Sites, Cabin Rentals, and Tent Sites. The campground is full of authentic railroad boxcars, club cars, and cabooses – and you can spend the night in one! Situated on 55 acres on the enchanted Lake Oconee, North Shore Landing is a pure natural beauty. Its majestic location, located outside Atlanta, makes it one of our most enjoyable and wonderful RV camping properties. Lake Oconee not only provides a movie like background but the many recreational activities you will enjoy will keep your interest in hours. Fishing, boating or just wandering on the shoreline, it truly is an amazing spot. Plus, its proximity to the lovely town of Greensboro will be a destination you will love to explore!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
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    Old Federal

    18 Reviews
    60 Photos
    147 Saves
    Oakwood, Georgia

    Overview

    Old Federal Campground lies on the eastern banks of Lake Sidney Lanier in Northern Georgia. Popular for its aqua-blue waters and spectacular scenery, Lake Sidney Lanier hosts over 11 million visitors annually for fantastic fishing and boating opportunities.

    Recreation

    Old Federal Campground offers many outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, picnicking and bike riding. On the lake there are opportunities for wake boarding, kayaking, boating and much more. There's also a swimming beach and boat ramp available for campers.

    Facilities

    Old Federal Campground offers many outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, picnicking and bike riding. On the lake there are opportunities for wake boarding, kayaking, boating and much more. There's also a swimming beach and boat ramp available for campers.

    Natural Features

    Lake Sidney Lanier is nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake features 692 miles of shoreline and spans 38,000 surface water acres and 17,000 acres of lush terrain. The reservoir was created in 1956 with teh completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Lake Lanier Islands as well as other nearby Army Corps and county parks provide may different recreation opportunities at the lake. The nearby city of Gainesville provides many opportunities for those looking to explore the local area.

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    This location is staffed. Please call (470) 774-7881 to speak with local staff.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations must be made via the online/phone reservation system or in person at the gatehouse. Cancellation calls to the gatehouse will not be honored.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $26 - $36 / night

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