John W.
Gainesville, GA
Joined September 2016
My wife and I are lovers of everything outdoors and enjoy regularly venturing out for a new adventure and to try new things.
Serene camping spot

We had a wonderful camping trip at Lake Rabun. The campground was fairly empty when we went (a weekend in late August). There are two separate camping areas. We stayed in the one across from the entrance to the beach and boat area. I think the other loop is more geared towards RV camping. Some of its sites have electricity and water, but none on our loop seemed to have that.

Our site (32) is known as Charley's Hole for the small waterfall that is just behind the site. It is said to be haunted by Charley, a man who had a stroke on the campsite. It was his favorite site to stay at, and his kids posted a sign on the campsite in his honor. We didn't see any sign of any of the ghosts the camp host warned us about, but we definitely enjoyed the peaceful sound of the creek twisting around the campsite.

Lake Rabun is a beautiful lake tucked away in the mountains. There are lots of opportunities for fishing from the shore, dock, or a boat. There is a no wake zone around the beach and boat ramp, but there are quite a few fast moving boats in other areas. It's a beautiful place to explore by kayak, but I suspect it would be hard to keep balance on a paddleboard outside the no wake zone.

Our trip to Lake Rabun was extremely peaceful. There is no cell coverage there, so you are truly left to enjoy nature at its finest. It's secluded enough that you should plan on bringing everything you need -- the nearest stores are a fairly long and windy drive away, no matter which way you go.

Basecamp Tucked Away from Civilzation

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.

Beautiful Hike and Great Escape from Civilization

This spot is very popular for hikers and campers alike. It offers a 3.5 mile trail to Panther Creek falls and if you want to hike all the way through to Yonah dam it is roughly 5.8 miles. Be warned, the trail after the falls is challenging. Campsites dotted through out the entire trail so you have a variety of spots to choose from, but they are first come first serve. The parking lot seems to fill up quickly so be prepared to come early if you expect to get a spot for the weekend, otherwise you will have to park along the road. There is a bathroom facility adjacent to the parking area if you need them before and after the hike.

The waterfall is amazing with a large pool and nice sandy beach at its base. Perfect for swimming and cooling off after the hike or camping if you are lucky enough to snag it before someone else.

Be on the lookout for wildlife if you camp here. I have encountered deer, skunks, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, bears and a wide variety of snakes. Also the creek is a great place for backwater fly fishing and ultralight fishing for trout, Browns, Rainbows, and Brooks.

Make sure you pack everything you need and pack light if you choose the camp here. The hike is relatively easy on the way in to the falls, but mostly up hill on the way out.

Great location, nice tent only sites

We stayed at Morganton in October. The campground was busy, but it was still quiet. We stayed in the tent only "hike in" sites -- some are closer than others, but I wouldn't call any of them a hike, just a short walk. It's a bit of a walk to the nearest bathroom from, but not too bad. The bathrooms looked brand new when we went, and were very well-kept.

Our site (D) would have been waterfront if the lake weren't so low from the drought. It still made for a beautiful and peaceful setting. The tent only sites are on a little peninsula of their own, so it was quiet and more secluded than the rest of the campground.

Nearby Blue Ridge is a good place to stock up on anything you forgot to pack, but it's also worth a visit just to walk around the cute downtown area. They have several nice outdoor stores, some breweries, and lots of restaurants to choose from.

Beautiful views of the canyon

We visited Cloudland Canyon during the fall. While the drought prevented us from seeing the sought after waterfalls, the cooler fall weather made the hiking easier. The West Rim loop trail offers some amazing panoramic views that are made even more stunning with fall colors.

Cloudland Canyon doesn't offer site-specific reservations (at least when we went), so that's something to keep in mind when you visit. Arrive early if you can. We arrived late on a Friday evening and ended up driving between the West and East Rim loops to try to figure out where there was a vacant site.

The sites had tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. They are pretty close, but not as packed in as some state parks are. We got a site on the outer edge and didn't feel too crowded in. The bathrooms were convenient and clean.

Great Escape from the gambling

Vegas is great, but it's not really my kind of town. I prefer getting out of the city and getting back to nature. Red Rocks is a great place to make that happen. It's right outside of Vegas and offers a huge amount of pristine desert beauty. The trails vary in terrain from rocky to nice flat sandy treks. There is climbing available and if you're patient enough and have a quick eye, you can spot wildlife. we were fortunate enough to see a Kit Fox running around. I highly recommend getting out of Vegas and having an adventure here.

My Favorite National Park!!

The National Park is amazing. It's like the scene in the Land Before Time where Littlefoot makes it to the Great Valley. It has epic views in 360 degrees and breathtaking hikes like Angels Landing and the Grotto. The campground is very nice. We are planning another trip out there just so that we can experience the Lowers. Everything about this park screams the power of nature and its beauty. If you've never been, plan a trip asap. You won't regret it.

My Favorite National Park!!

The National Park is amazing. Its like the scene in the Land Before Time where Littlefoot makes it to the Great Valley. It has Epic views in 360 degress and bre a taking hike like Angels Landing and the Grotto. The campground its very nice and we are planning another trip out there just so that we can experience the Lowers. Everything about this Park screams the power of nature and its beauty. If you've never been plan a trip asap. You won't regret it.

Epic Views and Lots of Elk

We stopped in at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a night and it was breathtaking. The views are absolutely amazing and let you know how small you really are. There were tons of Elk running around there too, and they had no problem ignoring us and going about their business. The facilities are clean and convenient. The lodges and hotels offer dining if you don't want to cook over the campfire -- the Maswick Cafeteria even has a locally-sourced veggie burger for vegans and vegetarians.

We can't wait to go back for a longer visit and really enjoy the trails.

Fantastic Desert Destination

This is an amazing state park whether you are camping or just visiting. Full of picturesque rock formations and great hiking. The campground is nestled up right up against the rock formations so you can wake up and step out of your tent and enjoy the beauty first thing in the morning. The campsites also offer shaded tables so you can get out of the desert sun.

While we were there, we were lucky enough to see some of the resident big horn sheep. We were a little early for the catcus flowers, but there was still lots of beauty to see.

The state park offers tons of hiking trails to keep you busy. The nearby Lake Mead Recreation area is worth a trip too, or at least a drive through -- stunning hikes and pulloffs there too.

Great family vacation spot

Sand Lake is a quiet wooded campground. Most of the sites have a good amount of trees between them, but there is a loop with fewer trees that is ideal for a group/family camp trip. The lake is clean and quiet for the most part, although there are usually a couple of motorized boats out on weekends. The bathrooms and showers are usually cleaned daily, so despite dirty camping conditions, they remain pretty nice. Nearby Dublin has a nice general store with popular housemade jerky.

Small but nice

Me and my Buddy went up here for some Fishing and relaxation. Its a small campground but still well kept and has great views and fishing. Its right next to the trout hatchery and Lake Burton so you have great access to recreation on the water. Across the street from the campground are the hiking trails which had some nice wildlife and good for beginning hikers.

Great Views

We spent a weekend up here in June. It was a lil hot but very peaceful and beautiful. The walk-in camping area is located down a narrow road and has a separate bathhouse. The drive-up overlooks are stunning. The hike to the small waterfall was a bit of a disappointment because it was more of a trickle than a waterfall and the hike back was all uphill. Other than that it was a great stay.

Beautiful and like being at the ocean

We had a family reunion here and it was amazing. The campground itself was a bit packed but still worth every minute. The Lighthouse was awesome and the trail from it was beautiful. Saw plenty of wildlife and had great views. There is great access to the beach and the lil snack shack on the pier had excellent burgers. There is a beach right off the bay side of the campground, and another on the Lake Huron side. They even have a dog-friendly beach, which is unusual for state parks I've been to. Looking forward to going back again.

Great Beach

We spent a week here with family and it was awesome. The beach was clean and the water felt amazing. The area we swam in was very shallow quite a ways into the lake. The showers and bathrooms are pretty close to the campsites. The only thing I can really say is the campsites are a lil too close together so it seems a lil cramped, but it was still quite enjoyable and i would definitely go back. For kayakers and canoers, the Sturgeon River is close.

Camping in Asheville

We loved this one, it had a nice quiet campground, huge tent pads and clean bathrooms. Lots of trails for hiking and biking and beautiful lake. We didn't find the trails to be particularly well-marked, but we managed not to get lost - maps would be helpful. The campground is located right next to the entrance to the Blue Ridge parkway so you can hop on that for some killer hikes and views. It's about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville too so you can go enjoy live music, shopping and chow down on some delicious food.

Great Campground nestled in northeast GA

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.

Scenic and peaceful

I would recommend this campground to anyone.Its not far from Hiawassee GA and is right on Lake Chatuge. it offers great lake side campsites that have been updated with brand new tent pads, mountain bike and hiking trails, a beach for swimming, boat docks and a boat launch, an amphitheater, and nice clean updated bathrooms. The only complaint we have is that is only open from May to September. I would love it if this campground was open year round.