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

Aug 28, 2021

"Fresh Water and dump available"

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We were so happy to see that we could refill our fresh water and clear our our black and gray tanks. Lovely wooded shaded picnic area. Overnight parking here is prohibited but great spot to catch a quick nap or bite to eat before getting back on the road.

Jul 01, 2021

"Great stop"

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This is one of many nice rest areas on 75 and 85 in Georgia. where RVs are separate from trucks and they have dump stations. This one is nicely wooded for shade. Picnic tables and very quiet. Some slope to the parking areas but they are very generous in size.

David Finley
12 reviews
Jun 17, 2021

"Private, quiet, free, trash"

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I stayed at the third site and counted five total. Packed out some trash, a fair amount of broken glass so sandals not advised, but overall private. Turn at the wooden sign and stay left at the first fork, you'll be there in 5-8 min on a gravel road. Download map as there's no service.

2 reviews
Kingsland, GA

Petro Stopping Center

Jun 12, 2021

"Quick overnight "

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Stopped here for a quick overnight pulled in around 10pm. All of the rv parking spots are easy to get into. Sites about 75’ long and sloped slightly and near the road very well lit. Staff Inside is very nice, helpful. I didn’t use the dump station but it looks like a little difficult to use as an other reviewer has stated. Over all great, quick...
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Travis Ingle
4 reviews
Jun 02, 2021

"Free dump and lots of spaces"

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Tons of spaces to pull into if needing a break or staying over night. There is a free dump. If you have a bigger right you may need a few sections of hose to reach the pipe without pulling into the roadway.

2 reviews