Vogel State Park is located near
Blairsville in the north Georgia mountains. Vogel, one
of the first state parks in Georgia, was constructed
primarily by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Vogel is also one of the most popular state parks in
Georgia, so reserving a campsite there is sometimes
difficult. The park features a beautiful lake with a
sandy beach and pedal boats, two playgrounds, miniature
golf, a CCC museum (call the park for hours), and a very
nice camp store and gift shop. Regarding the park's
campground, Vogel upholds Georgia's high standards by
providing large RV sites with water and electric hookups (sorry, no sewer).
The park has plenty of hiking, biking,
and other outdoor recreation opportunities. A small
creek runs through the campground providing a nice
soundtrack for family adventure. If you take bikes, be
aware that the ride from the campground is a breeze, but
the ride back is all uphill. Vogel is in the
Chattahoochee National Forest, so wildlife abounds. Be
aware of black bears. They're very common.
Being just minutes from Blairsville is
very convenient, especially considering the numerous
events and festivals that take place in the small
mountain town. Other local attractions include the
Appalachian Trail, Brasstown bald (the highest point in
Georgia), Helton Falls, Track Rock Gap, Helen (alpine
village), Unicoi State Park, Cleveland (Gold and Gem
Grubbing), Hiawassee, Blue Ridge, Franklin North
Carolina (ruby mining), and much more.
Entry Date: November 2011
The Richardson Tribe has camped at
Vogel State Park once before, and really enjoyed it. It's very
convenient because it's very close to Blairsville, and getting their
doesn't involve a lot of winding mountainous roads.
On this trip, over
Thanksgiving holiday, we were joined by some very good friends. We were
very lucky to acquire two very private campsites adjacent to one
another. Vogel is a very popular park, and if you want stay here, you
need to plan ahead. Some holidays, such as the 4th of July,
are extremely popular, and reservations must be made months in advance.
We arrived at
the park just after sundown on Thanksgiving day. Luckily, our friends
had arrived much earlier and claimed our spot. At that time, there were
only about four sites open. It was cold, but not excessively so. There
was already a nice big fire, in the kids played hard, running around the
campsite and playing hide and seek.
The first half of Friday was spent at the campground. The kids quickly discovered the
creek and spent a good deal of time playing there. Later we hopped on
the bikes and rode to the playground, and eventually the miniature golf
course. As the day warmed, we decided to take a drive over to Helen, a
touristy "Alpine" village. Helen was crowded, but it was fun to walk
around the town and visit the unique candy and gift shops. Helen
receives mixed reviews from our family. Rebecca loves the shops and
atmosphere. The kids have mixed feelings (there are toy stores and
candy/fudge shops). Personally, I find the town too crowded and
commercial, but that's just me (Scrooge).
Saturday was spent playing
around the campground, panning for gold, riding bikes, and hiking to the
waterfalls beyond the lake's dam. I was disappointed that the CCC
(Civilian Conservation Corps) museum was padlocked. We really enjoyed
the museum on a previous visit. It's a fair distance from the campground
to the far end of the lake, so bringing bikes is a pretty good idea.
However, we found out that it's a very long uphill ride back to the
Sunday morning brought
rain, so I started the packing process early. On the way home, we
stopped in Ellijay to have lunch at pooles barbecue, a very popular
tourist dining experience. The atmosphere was unique and entertaining,
and the barbecue was pretty good. I felt it was a bit pricey considering
what we had to eat. I'd recommend pooles barbecue at least once so you
can say you been there.
The Richardson Tribe
Entry Date: June/July
Vogel State Park in an awesome place! We were very lucky to get a
big creek-side spot this week because many people reserve spots a year
in advance for the 4th of July festivities. The site was very nice and
clean. The park has a lake with a beach and peddle boats, a miniature
golf course, and falls that you can hike to. There is also a
CCC museum where you can see how the young men that built this, and
many other parks across the country, lived and worked (for a dollar a
The only negative is that the laundry room
is way too small with too few washers and old dryers that do not work
well. Also, there is no full hook-up (no sewer), but that's pretty
standard for state parks. The roads are a little too hilly for our kids
to ride bikes, but older, more experience riders would have enjoyed
it. A bear visited our site early Thursday morning, but we were sleeping
late and missed it. Personally, I think this is the nicest state park
we've been to thus far. Its only a couple of hours away, but it's really
secluded. It's close enough to attractions for day trips like Helen,
Unicoi State Park, gem mining/grubbing, Tallulah Gorge, Dillard,
Frankiln, etc. We'd give it six thumbs-up.
While camping at Vogel, we took a day trip to Helen, GA, an alpine
village (tourist trap) located in North Georgia. We didn't spend much
time there because Lee Thomas wasn't feeling well, but I'd like to note
that we ate lunch at
La Cabana, a wonderful Mexican restaurant with very good food. The
owners/management were very nice and treated the kids like their own. It
was also very reasonably priced with food and drinks totaling about
I'd also like to mention a barbeque restaurant we ate at on the way home
on Saturday. If you're ever in Blue Ridge, Georgia, stop by
Blue Ridge Mountain BBQ for lunch. I think it was some of the best
barbeque I've ever had! The service was great too!
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Cherry Hill Park
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Consolidated Gold Mine
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Desoto State Park
Doll Mountain Campground
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairground
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold n Gem Grubbin'
James H Floyd State park
James Island Park
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John Tanner Park
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Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
Moto Mountain Powersports
New Echota - Cherokee Capitol
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Old Stone Fort Archaeology State Park
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Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Stone Mountain Park
Tannehill State Park
Tellus Science Museum
The Southern Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve
US Space and Rocket Center - Details and Pictures
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
Georgia's State Parks website is very well done. Could use
more pictures of campsites and amenities. Making
reservations is a breeze!
Vogel State Park
Campground Details -
103 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites (**$25-$28) - No full
hookups. Beautiful campground...
There are around 35
Cottages/Cabins to rent at Vogel State Park-
night. We have seen the cabins and cottages from
outside. Considering the park's other amenities. I would
guess they are very nice on the inside too.
There are two playgrounds. One is for younger children, and
the other is for the older crowd (6-12).From what I remember
about our 2007 visit, the "little kids" playground
entertained the children for hours. However, the "big kids"
playground played out pretty fast. I'd love to see a big
exploratory playground here (see
Vogel State Park decent little miniature golf
course, in need of a little TLC as can be expected in a
fund-starved state park. However, you can expect to pay $4
per golfer, regardless of age (that's $24 for our family of
6). I personally think that's a bit on the pricey side.
If the park's trails aren't enough, the Appalachian Trail passes very near...
center has one of the best camp stores I've seen.
There are plenty of
opportunities in the immediate area.
We panned for gold in the creek in the campground at Vogel
with no luck. Wefound some nice quartz, but nothing
collectible. Dahlonega is also very near and features commercial gold
panning and rockhounding. Franklin, North Carolina is a big
ruby and sapphire mining town just a little north. Check out
Sheffield Ruby Mine in Franklin.
Brasstown Bald (highest point in Georgia),
Blairsville, Helen, Cleveland, Franklin,
Gold n Gem Grubbin, Mountain Heritage Museum
Lake Nottely, Vogel State Park, Helen, Unicoi State
Gold N Gem Grubbin, Brasstown Bald (highest point in
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee, Murphy,
Franklin, NC (ruby mining), and much more.
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