Raven Cliff Falls camping
This trail is one of North Georgia’s most popular camping destinations. Trailhead campsites offer fantastic stream-side camping just steps from the car, and a fantastic base camp for hiking the Raven Cliff Falls Trail during the day. The trail is also dotted with many backpacking campsites on the creek’s level banks, offering a little more solitude for campers willing to backpack it in.
Black bears frequent this wilderness area. Keep all food items and fragrant cosmetics out of reach in a bear canister: many years ago, we lost our camp stove, food and cookware to a trio of bears in a traditionally-hung bear bag along this trail.
Campsites are free and first-come, first-claimed. Pack out everything you pack in: this is one of Georgia’s most beautiful Wilderness areas, so please, please leave no trace. (What is Wilderness, and why is it important? Read more in our guide to Wilderness areas in the South.)
I’ve camped at this location multiple times and each time was better than the last. It feels like a very primitive spot with the ease of car camping. You have the choice to walk in further but it accommodates all campers. Be careful of the bears and always leave no trace.
I love it here, Every time we come up from Florida this is where I camp. A good base place to explore everything in north Ga. There is no shower here so be ready for that. But you can not beat this place with veiws and creek running though it and the waterfalls.
This campground is gorgeous and free. There are two sides of the camp, the camp side and the trail side. It is very, very high traffic on the weekends. There is water and bathroom access. DO NOT CAMP ANYWHERE THAT ISNT AN ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUND, the ranger will come yell at you. Seriously. He will yell. I got yelled at.
There are several sites grouped on one side, by the parking lot, following a Creek. On the trail side there are several established campsites as well. These are harder to access but maybe a better alternative to the main camping area. Privacy on the trail side is limited as the trail gets a fair amount of traffic, but the campground side is grouped together (not terribly close but still a bit close) and fills up every weekend. Pretty much all campgrounds are within a stone's throw of the creek, which will lull you to sleep every night.
We had one bad experience here. A ton of college kids were on break and camped on the trail side. The morning after there was vomit everywhere as well as empty beer cans, trash, and you couldn't escape the smell of dank stank at all.
This is my go to campsite. River near most of the campsites and a waterfall to boot. Great place to unplug and reset your body.
Raven Cliff Falls is another popular spot in Northeast Georgia. Its on one one of the most scenic highways and s in a great location if you want to venture into Helen, Brasstown, Bald, or Hiawassee. Most visitors cone for a day hike to the falls but there are a ton of secluded backwoods camping spots tucked off the forestry road that connects you to the trail.
We camped here in June with a group of our close friends. It was a bit humid and warm, which is no surprise for a North Georgia summer, but still well worth the peace and relaxation. Our spot was about a quarter mile from the parking area which has public restrooms available, and we were right next to Dodd Creek so we had the peaceful sounds of running water to put us to sleep at night. There was plenty of room for multiple tents and hammocks, and we had a nic3 stone fire ring to cook on.
If you are going to camp here, rem2mber to Leave No Trace even if the campers before you did, and keep in mind that this is b3ar country. Its always a good idea to keep food out of tents, in a bear proof container, and hung up at least 14 feet off the ground. also make sure you bring everything you need , this is rustic camping, and while its not too terribly far to town its always better to have what you need to begin with.