Unicoi is a beautiful State Park and a great place to camp for a couple nights.
Only about 10 minutes away from the German-Style historic town of Helen, which also has the Chattahoochee River. Helen has two companies who rent out tubes that go through the city on the river. That is something everyone has to try if they go through this part of Georgia!
The Chattahoochee River also has some pretty good (freshwater) fishing, you just have to watch out for the tubers.
Enough about Helen, Unicoi is a truly awesome place to stay. It has everything you can imagine, with a little hiking, a river to dip your toes in, a lodge to stop and get some food or buy souvenirs, canoe/kayak rentals, zip lining and more.
This used to be my family’s summer vacation place to stay, and I would recommend you make it a tradition as well!
I haven’t stayed here yet, but I stayed close and hiked most of the trails over just a few days. This National Park is very underrated and I believe it is very well maintained. Home to one of the “hardest” trails in America, Angel’s Landing. I think it’s rated that because of how dangerous it can be, don’t let that discourage you though, anyone can do it! And the view at the end does NOT disappoint.
This campground has a long and steep paved road going to it from up the mountain. We really enjoyed going up and down each time, it’s nothing to be scared of! Once you get to the grounds itself, their is a huge canopy of Oak and Hemlock shading the sites. It really is a gorgeous place to stay
It’s a really great place to go fishing and maybe swimming during anytime of the year. But as far as camping goes, I’d recommend only during the cool months of the year. Otherwise you’ll be bakin’ in a hotbox all day (unless you have A/C). Other than that I loved staying here the couple times I did with my family.
I like all of the Withlacoochie State Forest area, but I really loved staying at Mutual Mine. It has a beautiful couple of lakes, crystal clear water. I regretted not bring a pole to fish! I definitely need to get back over there for another night or two
I’m pretty sure this was the first campground I ever went to as a kid, and then every spring break following. Only recently stopped going with my family. As far as Florida camping goes though, this is probably my favorite.