Vogel State Park
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Introduction

Vogel State Park can be found situated at the base of Blood Mountain. The land here is a beautiful piece of the Chattahoochee National Forest and a superb example of some of Georgia's finest landscape. Vogel provides a spectacular view of Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, providing vistas worth seeing any time of year. As one of Georgia's oldest state parks, Vogel stands apart from many others. The grounds feature miles of hiking and biking trails, a 22-acre lake, a campground, cottages, waterfalls, and mountain views. There's something for everyone here and you're sure to spend the day taking in as many activities as you possibly can.

The park is rich in history and fun. There is plenty to discover and really sink your teeth into. What's even better is that the park makes it a no-brainer to get your haul situated without the worry about getting around afterward. Since popular pieces of the park are in separate places, it makes for longer travel on foot. Seasonal bike rentals make that an easy fix if you haven't packed yours. Open all year, the campground welcomes visitors to get parked and get out there. There's much more to uncover alongside the mountains.

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Transportation in Vogel State Park

Driving

Vogel State Park is located off of Route 19. Roads leading to and into the park are level and paved, however they have quite a few twists and turns. You’ll want to take caution driving your big rig on these hilly, curvy roads. There are several local roads that make it easy to navigate once you’re in the park.

Parking

While Vogel State Park offers ample space for parking, it still can get quite packed on beautiful sunny days, weekends, and holidays. Beginning in the spring and through to the fall, the park sees all sorts of guests. With a thriving lake and popular hiking trails, it's no wonder it gets so busy. It's recommended for overnight guests to trade in their four wheels for two with available bicycle rentals. This way, camp visitors can still get around fast and efficiently. It's a decent distance from the campground to the lake and even from the campground to the miniature golf course.

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Campgrounds and parking in Vogel State Park

Campsites in Vogel State Park

Reservations camping

Vogel State Park Campground

The campground at Vogel State Park features 90 sites that are available for online reservation. These sites can host traditional tent camping, travel trailers, or even larger RVs. There are both back-in and pull-through sites available and all 90 within the campground have hookups for electricity and water. These sites can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet in length.

Site-specific reservations are the perfect way to ensure you get the spot you want to stay in during your visit. While not required, reservations are highly encouraged, as this park tends to see quite a few guests between the spring and fall. Reservations are available up to 13 months in advance. Open year-round, the park even hosts events in the winter and offers the perfect setting for getting active in the cold.

The park's campground is pet-friendly and extremely family friendly. Bike rentals are made available nearby, meaning you can park your rig and exchange your four wheels for two. It's a great way to be active and get around much faster. Why not go for a race to the lake or the miniature golf course? There's so much to do here that you'll be happy you stayed.

While parked at Vogel's campground, guests will also have access to restrooms, showers, a laundry facility, trading post, and dump station for RVs. You can use the picnic table and fire ring available at your campsite. This tree-shaded setting is the perfect Georgia get-away any time of year.

First-come first-served

Vogel State Park Campground

Vogel State Park's cozy campground is open year-round to guests. Reservations are not required to stay here, but you might be able to snag a site on a first-come, first-served basis. With 90 sites for traditional tent campers, tow-behind travelers, and RVs, everyone can find a welcome place to stay.

All 90 of these pet-friendly sites come with electricity and water hookups. The campground facilities also provide bathrooms, showers, a laundry facility, a trading post, and a dump station. Even bikes are made available for rent here. That means you can easily park your four wheels and trade in for two. It's much faster and much more fun - just ask any of the other guests you see enjoying their ride.

Sites will fit hauls up to 40 feet and you can choose from either back-in or pull-through sites. Be sure to get in as early as you can,or even plan to get to the campground mid-week. Weekends, holidays, and just beautiful days, in general, are all rather busy times at the park. The lure of the surroundings here stretches far into the colder days of winter. Open year-round, guests can park at the campground and enjoy the outdoors in the sun, wind, rain, or snow.

Alternate camping

Cottages

If you want to park the RV and stay somewhere a bit cozier, Vogel State Park has options for a pleasant experience. The park's grounds feature 34 cottages, some of which are wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly. The cabins range in size so you can choose a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three-bedroom set up. They are furnished with beds, tables, and a fully functional kitchen. Some of the outdoor spaces feature a fire ring and grill so you can cook up a delicious meal during your stay. In some of the cottages, bed and bath linens are provided, as well as a coffee maker and microwave. You can stay in comfort by the fireplace or with air conditioning and heat.

Walk-in and Backcountry Campsites

If you're more of the rugged, outdoorsy type, the park's campground has 18 walk-in-only tent sites. These walk-in sites feature a picnic table and fire ring. You can even bring your pet to keep you company during your stay. Backcountry campers can even find shelter along the nearby Appalachian Trail. This famed trail has a shelter placed in the area where Blood Mountain's summit is reached. This area can be accessed by hikers traveling along the park's many trails.

Seasonal activities in Vogel State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Vogel State Park features the serene setting of Lake Trahlyta. It's a sparkling representation of summer fun and the ideal place to cool down from the Georgia sun. The beaches of this lake are a popular destination for all sorts of aquatic enthusiasts, even those simply looking to take a dip. A section of the lake remains roped off for swimmers only. What a spectacular way to take in the surroundings of the park, with breathtaking views all around. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer a scenic spot for a summer swim.

Paddling

Lake Trahlyta's water is so inviting, you're sure to see visitors out enjoying the day in several different ways. If you're not quite willing to get wet with a full dip, you can still get out on the water by paddling above it. A boat launch at the lake offers guests the chance to take out their canoes, kayaks, standing paddle boards, and peddle boats. Don't fret if you didn't pack your own. The park offers lakeside rentals.

Biking

Ditch the four wheels of your rig for two. Getting around on a bike is one of the best ways to zip around the park while still getting to really take it in. You can go just about anywhere on your bike here. In fact, it makes for getting from the campground to other popular parts of the park, such as the lake and the mini golf course, a lot faster. It's okay if you haven't packed your bikes along with you for this trip. The park has you covered with available bike rentals.

Attending the Junior Ranger Program

If you're planning an RV trip with your kids, you may want to look into signing up for available Junior Ranger Programs. These educational programs are open to children ages 6 to 12 and offer three different levels of badges. Endless learning opportunities are provided through activities such as identifying species of plants and animals in the park, going for hikes, attending camping events, and learning about the history of the park. These programs are a fantastic way to keep your kids engaged and involved over the summer break.

Playing Miniature Golf

Not many state parks can boast their own miniature golf course. It's yet another small gem that sets Vogel apart from the rest in Georgia. After a beautiful summer day out on the water of Lake Trahlyta or hiking the trails of Blood Mountain, it's a pleasant treat to end the day to have some fun at the park's golf and concession area. Here, you can grab some ice cream and enjoy a relaxing game or keep the fun alive with a few competitive rounds of playful putts.

Off-Season

Fishing

If you've been itching to throw a few lines in the water, you won't want to miss out on an opportunity to pack your rod and gear for this one. An RV trip to Vogel State Park's lake is sure to wet your line. No matter your skill level, Lake Trahlyta's generous reservoir is a fantastic place to snag a few good bites. Anglers will be happy to hear it's quite common to catch all sorts of trout; brown, rainbow, and brook are fairly popular. Even throughout the winter, Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division periodically stocks the lake.

Hiking

Vogel State Park is a perfect destination for hiking all throughout the year. Guests regularly come to the park to take on the miles and miles of trails. The park offers diverse hiking opportunities, meaning hikers of all levels can find a trail that suits them best. More than 17 miles are available to choose from including the five-mile moderate Bear Hair Gap Trail, the mile-long Lake Trahlyta Trail, and the almost 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. The winter season offers a spectacular way to see scenic views through the bare trees.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

A few of the park's trails lead to the pathway that begins a trek along the famed Appalachian Trail. The summit of Blood Mountain is where you will find the Appalachian Trail's connecting point. You can also find a rest shelter at the summit. In total, the length of the entire Appalachian Trail extends more than 2,000 miles and runs from Georgia to Maine.

Attending a Park Event

Open year-round, Vogel State Park features events well into the winter season. In fact, visitors planning on traveling in December won't want to miss out on the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. This event is held at the park and features all sorts of fun, joy-filled activities the whole family can partake in. Warm up the winter with some festive cheer.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by RVers and visitors of all ages. Guests who engage in the hunt will be on a GPS-fueled adventure. Any smartphone will work just fine. Vogel State Park is more than 60 parks in Georgia that host these hidden caches. Guests can discover so much more with this unique and interactive park opportunity.

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