We all countdown to summer during those dreary winter days so we can spend some time outside. Let’s face it, we are all eager spray on our bug spray and bust out that ol’ trusty tent. Is there anything better than sitting by the bonfire with friends, telling ghost stories and jumping in a nearby river to cool off? Nope. Luckily for us, Georgia offers plenty of gorgeous camping sites for you to enjoy and even better — some are not too far from the city if you need to make it a quick weekend trip. (Don’t forget the s’mores and sunscreen!)
Here are a few options near the city that will turn you in a spontaneous outdoorsy person, we promise. Not too far, but just far enough from the bright city lights.
Stone Mountain Park
With over 400 campsites and oh so close to the city, Stone Mountain is the campground holy grail. You can book online or just show up as no reservations are required. They offer the full hook up with water and electricity, or if you really want to rough it out, they offer about 50 primitive camping sites. Even better? You could climb the mountain and see the whole city from above.
Panola State Park
Only 15 minutes away from the city centre, Panola State Park has 5 primitive campsites that you can reserve online. The best part? The beautiful Arabia Mountain with rare flora is nearby and so are multiple trails for biking and jogging.
Stay by the lake in Allatoona Lake with beautiful views and plenty of campground options for different levels of outdoorsy people. No reservation are needed and the campgrounds range from $24-$28 a night depending on what you need. Most campgrounds have swimming areas so – Pro-tip: Don’t forget your suit!
and if you don’t mind driving a bit further out…
Hard Labor Creek State Park
If you don’t want to just camp, this is the place for you. Set up your tent in one of the 40 campsites and head over to the lakeside beach to cool off. The park also boasts about 24 miles of trails and even horseback riding opportunities. Are you in your car yet? The park is about 50 minutes outside the city near Covington, GA and its even pup-friendly.
Scoutmob contributor Muriel Vega is a lifetime resident of ATL and full-time authorian legend, as well as a pie enthusiast. She has a dog that may be a meme and really loves to travel. You can read more of her work at the website that she co-edits, Common Creativ ATL.