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Free Camping in Georgia: Must-See Sites

Georgia on your mind? Whether you are exploring Georgia leisurely or traveling within the state purposefully, free campsites will help you save money. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of free camping in Georgia:

Check the Appalachian Trail off Your Bucket List

As you start your free camping experience in Georgia, many adventurers set their sights on the Appalachian Trail. You can begin your epic journey in Dawsonville, Georgia at Springer Mountain. Primitive camping sites are available along the trails. Just be sure to check for any closings due to the weather.

Seventy-eight miles of the Appalachian Trail is in Georgia. There are miles and miles of trails for you to experience as you walk in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia! Before you embark on your journey, check out the Amicalola waterfall - at 728 feet in height, it is the highest waterfall in Georgia.

Look for Outdoor Adventure Near Atlanta

Even those in the city can take advantage of free camping in Georgia. Weekend-adventurers from Atlanta can drive only two hours and find themselves in the middle of nature, ready to experience free tent camping in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest.

The Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forest encompasses 26 counties, boasts thousands of miles of streams and rivers, and is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails! Some developed campsites have basic amenities such as parking areas, trash cans, vault toilets, picnic tables, or even a grill.

If you prefer more privacy or a more primitive experience, you can enjoy dispersed camping in Georgia throughout most national forest areas. Be sure to check the government’s official website for any safety recommendations before camping.

Whenever camping in a national forest, be sure to adhere to stay limits. They can vary by site, but stays are typically limited to 14 days. Depending on the season, you can plan to enjoy various recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, bird-watching, hiking, water-sporting, bicycling, and even horseback riding. If you choose to hunt responsibly, be sure to be aware of current regulations and restrictions.

Make Memories at the Coast

While there are no sites for free tent camping in Georgia on the coast, you could plan to park your RV somewhere (legally, of course) and experience the shore using public beach access.

Some boondockers have been able to set anchor in the parking lots of Walmart and Cracker Barrel. Before staying overnight at a store, ask the store manager or security for permission and remember to be a gracious guest by supporting the store and making a purchase.

Start your coastal experience in Savannah, Georgia, home to a rich cultural history. Another option is Jekyll Island. This spot is a favorite of anglers because of its salt-water fishing opportunities.

Explore Georgia’s Freshwater Coast

Prefer fresh-water fishing? Clarks Hill Lake (also known as Lake Thurmond) borders Georgia and South Carolina. The lake is often referred to as “Georgia’s Freshwater Coast” because its expansive shoreline spans over 400 miles.

While there isn't any free camping in this area, there are quite a few Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds that offer primitive campsites, which might be a less expensive alternative to campsites with full-hookups.

Wherever your adventures take you, enjoy your time taking advantage of free camping in Georgia.

Recent Georgia Free Campsite Reviews

Monticello, GA

Tyler Hunt Camp

Jul 12, 2024

"Quiet, Secluded Overnight Stay"

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This is a nice, quiet stay in the Georgia countryside. A short gravel road leads to the spots and any vehicle should be able to access. This does backup to neighbors houses and I heard their dog barking faintly, but wasn’t approached or disturbed in any way. No facilities, toilets, bells or whistles. Just sweet nature. Though you are about 15/20...
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camper-919070
7 reviews
Ringgold, GA

Cracker Barrel

Jul 08, 2024

"Easy Stop"

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The actual “bus/rv” parking spots are short.. but it was empty so I parked in the back across a large row.. even then a couple bigger rigs could fit on other sides. Staff is nice. Grabbed a beer next door at the Mexican joint after dinner. Easy in and out for the 2500 and 30ft trailer.

CamperCarey
2 reviews
Omaha, GA

Rood Creek Park

Jun 20, 2024

"Our friend Camp host Bob had passed. His warm welcome and giving nature will truly be missed."

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Psalm 23:1-4 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me"

Golfgypsy
1 review
May 31, 2024

"Overnight Parking Prohibited "

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Same situation as northbound rest area. Signs everywhere stating no overnight parking. Too bad as both rest areas are nice and not right on highway.

Steve
40 reviews
Adairsville, GA

I-75 Rest Area Northbound

May 31, 2024

"Overnight Parking Prohibited "

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I called the number listed for this listing and was told I could overnight so we pulled in. Signs everywhere saying overnight parking prohibited. There’s no one to speak to. Rather than risk getting chased out, we decided to leave.

Steve
40 reviews