Best Free Camping in Georgia

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.

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Recent Georgia Free Campsite Reviews

Waynesboro, GA

Pine Hill Campground

Sep 16, 2023

"Beautiful, Quiet, & Primitive "

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Great place to stay! It's 2 miles down the road and you'll see a sign that says "Camping Area". There you'll find several spots to camp. Flat ground is minimal but if you get creative, you'll probably be able to make it work. It's nice and quiet with walking trails with pretty wild flowers. Great place if you also have a dog! We stayed for 2...
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Savannah, GA


Sep 13, 2023

"Mgmt Let Us Stay - Did Not Feel Safe"

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We went into store and confirmed we could stay. Management said sure but be out by 7am. No problem. My issue was the amount of homeless people around. They kept watching us. One even came over as we were taking our pets from the truck to the RV to tell us that the other homeless people were planning to take our stuff. So rough night as my hubby...
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1 review
Aug 27, 2023

"Cool clouds sweeping through, few others"

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Road to the camping site is all forest service roads. There is washboarding, gravel sections, and there were a few deep ruts. While the road narrows at points, when I did pass others going the other way, there was always a place for me to pull over for them. I was driving a full sized 4x4. I wondered several times if I could pull a small travel...
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Savannah, GA

Cracker Barrel

Aug 10, 2023

"Great Restaurant, Sketchy area"

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We pulled in early(3:30pm) went in and talk to restaurant management, and they were great!!. Got parked for the night, and went in for some tasty food and dessert. When we came out, we talked to another camper staying the night, he was very pleasant. Went to bed about 10pm, was woken about 3am by loud yelling, as I looked to see what the...
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Albany, GA

Cracker Barrel

Aug 05, 2023


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Parked out back. Watch out for the geese. Got 2 miles on my bike this morning NO traffic @ 5:30 . Lowes parking lot is connected to CB. Great breakfast

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