Moccasin Creek State Park
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Introduction

32-acre Moccasin Creek State Park is situated along the shores of lovely Lake Burton in the forested foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests to the area will quickly discover why the park is referred to as the place, “where spring spends the summer.” The park offers the opportunity to relax and engage in a variety of outdoor activities. For those adventurous at heart, there are several interesting sites nearby as well.

Lovely Moccasin Creek State Park maintains a fully accessible fishing pier sitting above a trout-filled creek. Note that creek fishing is only open to seniors 65 and older, children 11 and younger, and those of all ages with a Georgia disability fishing license.

Visitors will find Lake Burton a prime spot for skiing, boating and fishing. The park offers kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes for rent during summer months. Guests to the park can tour an adjacent trout rearing station, hike on several nearby trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or simply relax in this peaceful forested setting. The park’s central location makes it a perfect retreat for those interested in exploring waterfalls in the area, enjoying mountain biking, or experiencing the history and culture of the area.

Moccasin Creek State Park maintains a campground with 53 camping sites. The campground can accommodate RV’s up to 50 feet in length. The campground is outfitted with all expected amenities. Guests will, no doubt, be pleasantly surprised that wifi is available in the campground.

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Transportation in Moccasin Creek State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

3655 Highway 197
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Habersham County

Moccasin Creek State Park is easy to find off GA-197.

Take Lookout Mountain Scenic Hwy US-76. Turn onto GA-197 and continue south. Guests will find the park on their left. Note that Andersonville Ln turns off on the right across from the state park.

Moccasin Creek State Park is approximately two hours north of Atlanta, Ga and approximately three hours east of Chattanooga, TN.

Parking

Moccasin Creek State Park has ample parking available at the entrance to the state park. You may also park in the campground.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Moccasin Creek State Park

Campsites in Moccasin Creek State Park

Reservations camping

Moccasin Creek

Petite Moccasin Creek State Park Campground maintains 53 single-family (mixed-used) campsites in a park like space with mature trees and is located on the western shore of Lake Burton in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campground provides 48 sites with electric hookups. There is also group camping available in the campground.

Moccasin Creek State Park Campground provides drinking water, flush toilets, and on-site laundry, hot showers, and a dump station. There are also find picnic areas, a boat dock, a boat ramp, a wildlife observation tower, and a playground for the kids. WiFi is also available in the park office and campground.

Campsites are flat with paved pads for camping. The campsite is surrounded by mature trees in a park like environment. The campground can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs up to 50 feet in length. Each campsite is equipped with a table, fire ring, and grill.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Moccasin Creek State Park

In-Season

Boating

Guests to Moccasin Creek State Park with a love for water will believe they have wandered into heaven once on the water. Lake Burton is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and has some of the clearest water in the state. Moccasin Creek State Park provides a great launching point for your paddling adventures, whether you own your own vessel or intend to rent one at the park.

If you don't have your own boat, you may rent a canoe/kayak/SUP at the park office close to the entrance of the park. Rental options include three-person canoes, two-person kayaks, one-person kayaks, and SUPs.

Moccasin Creek State Park is at the western end of one of the fingers reaching out from the heart of Lake Burton. The lake provides ample opportunities for exploration or simply relaxation in the beauty of the forested mountain lake. A two-mile paddle will bring you to a fork in the water. Here you may choose to continue into the heart of the lake or to turn into another finger for further exploration.

Fishing

Guests to lovely petite Moccasin Creek State Park with a love of fishing will find this a relaxing place to cast a line. Moccasin Creek is a great place for the kids to fish. Fishing from the stream is allowed for children under 11, adults 65 and older, and individuals with a Georgia disability fishing license. This petite creek is only a few hundred yards long (from the dam to Lake Burton) and is heavily stocked. All guests to Moccasin Creek State Park with an interest in fishing will find a fishing spot, however. All guests are invited to fish from the lake. Those who cast a line in Burton Lake will likely catch bass, bream, or crappie.

Hiking

Visitors to lovely forested Moccasin Creek State Park with an interest in hiking will enjoy the out-and-back trail to Hemlock Falls. This is a beautiful wooded trail. The elevation change is gradual, making the hike more of a meandering stroll than a rigorous hike. Hemlock Falls is beautiful and the hike up along Moccasin Creek is stunning. Note that the hike is often muddy in places and that there are frequent roots. So, be mindful of your choice in foot wear.

You may also enjoy the one-mile Interpretive Trail which features a Wildlife Observation Tower. This trail will lead guests through woodlands, across fields and alongside rushing waters. This one-mile trail offers our guests a kaleidoscope of colors in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom and a close-up view of mountain flora.

Off-Season

Currahee Military Museum

Guests to Moccasin Creek State Park with an interest in military history will want to travel to nearby Toccoa to see the Currahee Military Museum. The Currahee Military Museum resides in historic downtown Toccoa's restored train depot. The museum is home to the WWII history of approximately 18,000 soldiers that trained to become paratroopers at Camp Toccoa.

The site is essentially two museums in one. One part of the museum is dedicated to the history of Toccoa and its residents. The second section is dedicated to the paratroopers who trained here and participated in the Normandy landing and other battles of WWII. The Currahee Military Museum brings to life the reality that these heroes were all young men who acted with extraordinary courage far from their homes.

Dahlongea Gold Museum

Guests to the Moccasin Creek State Park with an interest in history will find a trip to nearby Dahlongea Gold Museum of interest. Although most of us are aware of the California Gold Rush, many people are unaware that twenty years before the 1849 gold rush in California, thousands flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia. This marked the true beginning of our country’s first gold rush. Dahlonega. GA thrived during this time with the nation’s first gold rush and the U.S. Branch Mint opened a branch here in 1838. The Dahlonega mint coined more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. Those wishing to relive the adventure of this time in GA history can visit the town to see a complete set of these rare gold coins, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides, and a gold nugget weighing more than five ounces.

The museum, housed inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, is one of the oldest courthouse buildings in Georgia. Museum guests are invited to explore the courthouse. The town of Dahlonega is a popular place for gold panning, shopping and sightseeing. Note that some exhibits may not be wheelchair accessible. This is due to guidelines established by the National Register of Historic Places which prevent the addition of an elevator to the courthouse building.

Helen, GA

Those with an adventurous spirit will likely enjoy a visit to nearby Helen, GA. Relax beside the Chattahoochee River which flows gently through Helen. Guests will delight in the town which is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village. The city is authentic down to the cobblestone streets. Helen touts more than 200 specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making and glass blowing to cuckoo clocks and quilts. You'll also find dining choices range from traditional German cuisine to traditional Southern food.

Guests to Helen will find Unicoi State Park an ideal space to spend some time. The park offers trails for hiking and biking and Unicoi Lake offers swimming and boating options. Other recreational options in Helen include fly-fishing, golfing, horseback riding, tubing and paddling.

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