Camping in Georgia with wildlife watching

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Rolling Ridge Stays

3 sites · Lodging23 acres · Resaca, Whitfield
3 Unique Off Grid Cabins *WITH HEAT* at the foothills of North Ga. Check our pictures! This property has a private 1 acre stocked pond for recreation and 3 unique off grid accommodations. The property has a pond and rolling hill views with beautiful dogwoods and pines throughout. Each off grid living space offers direct access to the water and boasts a full array of cooking, cleaning, and living items. This property hosts a full camp bathroom including an on grid toilet, sink, and shower. The water heater is tankless propane to ensure the hot water never runs out. This property is a beautiful getaway nestled 1 hour north of ATL and 30 mins south of Chattanooga, TN. Located 6 mins from I-75 on exit 320. This property was also a portion of the northern picket line during the Civil War at the battle of Resaca. Civil war relics are often found right here on the property.
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Arabia Mountain Farm

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Stonecrest, De Kalb
We became the owners of this 6 acres in 2020. We have since started a large garden, have goats and chickens, and have had many projects. We love sharing this beautiful space with others! We are surrounded by the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Reserve, 4000 acres of beauty. There are hiking and biking trails, 2 lakes for fishing, kayaking on the South River, or have a lazy day in the woods. So much to enjoy for outdoor lovers. Being under the canopy of the pine trees really helps keep the site cool during Georgia summers. We have a nice outhouse and outdoor shower with hot water that are available to campers. We do live on the property and the bathroom area is shared with others. Welcome!
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Running Water Creek

23 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Guild, Marion
Running Water Creek is a unique, fully off grid campground just 20 minutes to downtown Chattanooga. We have 80+ campsites spread out over 120 acres. Most of the roads are accessible in any small car, but some roads require 4x4 (they're marked with a sign). We have a bath house with toilets, showers, and sinks and even offer hot water! Our well and cabins are all solar powered as we are not on the electric grid. Some info about the property: -we DO NOT have water or power hookups -we have gravel roads with a 5 MPH speed limit on the property (if you drive too fast the roads will seem rough) -we are right next to a highway and train tracks so there will be some noise (some days are better than others and we have no way of predicting how many trains will/will not go by) -none of our campsites have picnic tables (please plan accordingly) -most campsites have fire rings built, but if you choose a site without one you need to build your own
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7 springs

2 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Dahlonega, Lumpkin
Miners Cabin: The miners cabin is located in between Dawsonville and Dahlonega Georgia in the heart of gold country. This unexpected gem has been our family’s oasis for the past 7 years and now, we are opening it up to share with others. Access to the cabin will be via our driveway and guests will not be allowed to drive directly to the cabin. There is a short walk from parking access to the cabin. This walk is on an incline and those who may have difficulties walking up or down an incline or on uneven surfaces should consider this walk when planning your trip. Due to access limitations, we ask that you not bring more than two vehicles, We have additional parking at another property if needed but please let us know in advance. The Cabin sits on a grassy meadow a stones throw from cane branch stream. In the morning and afternoon you should expect to see or hear all types of wildlife. We have a family of raccoons that come around in the summer months and will eat just 5 foot from the porch. In the winter we have several deer that access the creekbed. The wildlife is fed often by our family and has been for the past seven years. Hummingbirds, woodpeckers, whippoorwills, crows, and even goldfish call this oasis home. At night our kids love to hunt for small crawfish in the creek with a flashlight. While bears are always something to watch for, we don’t typically see them on the property. A few miles of walking paths have been meticulously cared for and created by my father Mike. The mossy stone paths look like something out of a story book in the spring. Along the trails you will find benches and hammocks to lounge on and if you look close enough you may find some crystals that were placed for others to find from some of our many mineral digs over the years. There are two bridges that cross the stream along the paths and an old water wheel from way back that was used in the gold mining process in the creek. Vegetation on the property includes a variety of chantrell and coral mushrooms. If Mushrooming is your thing we have a good stash of chicken of the woods and if it’s fruiting you are welcome to pick it. Mountain laurels line the creek and bloom beautiful pink blossoms in the spring and summer. Cane creek branch is a quiet and beautiful stream. The water only gets about waist high at the deepest point making it perfect for kids or dogs to splash around in. Inside the cabin you will find a few gold pans if you would like to try your luck. We have found gold in the creek along with garnets and a few flashes of platinum. This property used to be the site for a long abandoned gold mine and an old metal water wheel still sits on the creek bank. The water wheel is locked but will still turn and at over 8 ft high it is a sight to see in itself. You will find a few small fish but nothing to shake a pole at. The cabin itself is nothing fancy and we like to keep it that way. It is as primitive as you would expect from the title. Only one electrical outlet is currently in the cabin. There is no running water but there is a water basin for brushing your teeth and washing small items. The bathroom is behind the cabin in a separate facility. This outhouse is unlike anything you have seen and has all of the comforts of home. Sleeping arrangements include a king size bed on a solid frame and a small sofa. You are welcome to pitch a tent or hammock outside as well. In the winter the cabin gets cold, we will provide an electric heater but you should know that it may still get cold inside. The porch looks over the creek and makes a great spot for bird watching. Amenities include a charcoal grill and a fire pit for cooking. The fire pit has several stable adirondack chairs circling it. We have a throwing board on the property however you will need to rent the throwing items from us and sign a waiver. We also have a small swing by our goldfish pond just across the creek. Things to do near us. Kayaking and tubing are just 7 miles down the road. You can rent a kayak from us or from the outfitters. We have 4 sit on top kayaks for adults 2 for children under 100 lbs and several whitewater kayaks are available for rent if you have prior experience. We also will guide you down the river as an additional service. See our price list. Our local outfitter Chestatee River Adventures is typically 30.00 for each kayak and 10.00 for tubing. The trip is 6 miles and can take anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on the water level. Please note that the outfitter is only open during the spring and summer. Our family will take you out no matter the time of year. Fishing on the Chestatee, Etowah, or lake lanier are also great activities and all can be accessed with a short 10 minute drive. Lake Zwerner is a local fishing hot spot great for grabbing a kayak or canoe and spending the day on the water. Gold Mining: Dahlonega is the gold city! Only 15 minutes away you will find Consolidated Gold Mine – Underground Gold Mine Tours. Here you can do some gold and gem mining as part of the tour. The gold museum in scenic dahlonega is close by as well.If you are looking for something more my dad offers trips and will show you the basics or can take you out for an all day dredging experience. You keep whatever you find! Hiking: The area hikes include the start of the great Appalachian (Apple-atch-an) trail. This is amicalola state park a 25 minute drive from the property. If you are brave enough, the copper mine cave is a quick 10 minute drive and is a sight to see. There is no cost to hike in however the parking and walk in are not easily accessible. From this quick hike you will be able to see copermines falls a great class 3 + rapid that local kayakers run. We also have a short walk on the etowah river that is well maintained. The Edge of the world trail is another must see.
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Brooks Lake, a piece of Heaven

30 sites · RVs, Tents56 acres · Conyers, Rockdale
Under new owners and new onsite managers. Privately owned Brooks Lake, located just 25 miles east of Atlanta and 5 miles North of I-20 in Conyers, Georgia. Brooks Lake is a peaceful retreat to the outdoors where you can meditate or be as active as you wish. 56 acres of rolling hills, shaded bluffs, grassy plains, and a 50 acre spring fed lake with serious fishing for Bass, Bream, Crappie, or Catfish. For the more active individual you can rent paddle boats, canoes or fishing boats. Complimenting Brooks Lake’s abundant green space, are its wonderful amenities such as: community fire pit, picnic pavilions, swimming, volleyball, horseshoes, softball, and basketball (All at your Own Risk; No Lifeguards on duty)! There are Restrooms available(no showers). We encourage everyone to continue using good social distancing for the safety of all.
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Buffalo Creek Campsites

31 sites · RVs, Tents57 acres · Folkston, Charlton
Sleep under the stars at Buffalo Creek while at Newell Lodge.  Select your site or pitch your tent.  The outdoors is right outside your door.  Fire Pits and wood are available at a nominal fee.   Guest full bathrooms are available.Nestled in the midst of a private 57-acre native live oak forest, you'll find yourself quite happily in the middle of nowhere. Out here, nature sings you to sleep. You'll awaken to a place and time found nowhere else in the world.Located in rural Georgia on a 57-acre tract of beautiful live oak trees. 30 and 50 amperage hookups are available for RVs. (Electric and Water.) Four full bathrooms are available for guests.  An accessible dump station is on-site.Buffalo Creek Campsites are on the grounds of Newell Lodge and Resort near the Okefenokee Swamp.Our sites are closed to the general public and available by reservation only. Welcome!
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Paulk Park's Peaceful Pond

59 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Fitzgerald, Ben Hill
The Paulk Park RV Campground sits right next to the 5-acre County Lake fully stocked with some of the best catches in the area. Troll the lake for bream, bass, and catfish or sit outside and relax in the cool breeze while enjoying a good book and the peaceful scenery.24 RV lakeside sites feature 30/50 amp pedestals with water & sewer connectionsdump station (located on East side of lake near picnic shelter - call before use; $10 fee)35 tent-camping sitesRestroom, shower, and laundry facilities 5-acre lake stocked with bream, bass, and catfish (fishing license required)shelter with picnic tableon east side of the lake: dock, boat ramp (trolling motors only, please), picnic shelters, nature trail
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Broken Tree Tipi Experience

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Riceboro, Mc Intosh
Broken Tree Tipi Experience is the only place in the South east you and your family can experience the thrill of staying in a genuine Native American Tipi while enjoying all the comforts of home. Our Tipis are located in Beautiful Townsend Georgia and sits on the Sapelo river 3 miles from interstate 95
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Honea's Holler unique experiences

4 sites · Lodging10 acres · Plainville, Bartow
Make a memorable experience at Honea's Holler! Our goal is to get you back outside and into nature! From just passing through - family time, birthdays, to couples anniversaries and honey-moons! Honea's Holler offers many unique and memorable experiences! Our 2 canvas bell tents, nature baths, camper van experience and more is coming! We are always updating our properties and experiences here! Experiences some of nature's greatest gifts here while making lasting memories under the stars 🌟 Check out our 2 glamping sites - site 1 is family friendly etc. Site 2 is for couples only for a more romantic experience! ( we offer group camping at an extra fee, MUST add on the extra tent package and all campers to original booking. Site 1 only! ) Most everything you need for a memorable stay is here! All you'll need is your clothes, drinking water / cooler, charcoal and food! The rest is waiting for you!
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Three Falls Treehouse

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Dahlonega, Lumpkin
Escape to our glamping treehouse on a one-acre haven by the soothing Chestatee River. This enchanting treehouse provides a cozy retreat for up to 5 guests, making it perfect for a family getaway or a gathering of friends. With its thoughtfully designed space, the treehouse boasts a queen bed for luxurious comfort and three twin beds for additional sleeping arrangements. Nestled amidst lush treetops, you can listen to the gentle melody of the creek that winds through the property right from the comfort of your accommodations. Spend your days immersed in outdoor adventures along the riverbank, whether it's fishing, hiking, or simply enjoying the picturesque surroundings. As the sun sets, the magic continues as you gather around the fire pit by the water's edge, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit sky. For those seeking tranquility and nature's embrace without sacrificing modern comforts, our Chestatee River glamping treehouse offers an unforgettable escape. Whether you're on a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a nature retreat with friends, immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors while relishing the comforts of an enchanting hideaway that accommodates everyone comfortably.
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Joseph L Layden

39 sites · Tents2 acres · Fleming, Liberty
Myrkwood Farms is a community agritourism site featuring all natural crops, goats, ducks, chickens. And primitive camp sites. Visit the rich historical and wild-life attractions nearby, listen to the coyotes howl on the full moon within the safety of our camp, enjoy ample opportunities for bird watching!
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Sky High Ridge RV Campground

10 sites · RVs14 acres · Scaly Mountain, Macon
Escape the noise and heat of the valley. Chill in the cool mountain air high atop the Highlands Plateau with breath taking views and sunsets. Unhitch and relax in one of our secluded treed sites with water, up to 100 amp electric, and waste hookup. Base camp to adventure in hiking, waterfalls, kayaking, winter and summer tubing, ice skating, and the largest Zipline in NC, in National Forests and Parks. Bartram Trail, that peaks Rabun Bald, and the Appalachian Trail are a within a stones throw. Our campground is for the hardy even getting here is an adventure!Sky high Ridge Campground is in the western mountains of North Carolina at a cool altitude of about 3700 feet.Welcome!
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