Looking for a quick getaway? Camping is a great time for friends, families, or couples to escape from it all and get out in the open. However, it can be such a hassle, from carting around all of your tools and necessities to setting up the tent. May we present you with glamping — all the perks of camping, but with all the amenities of home. Sure, maybe you’ve heard of this glamorous style of camping before, but do you know there are places right under your nose in Georgia? With unspoiled nature, incredible hiking trails, and clear blue waters all easy to get to from your home, the southern state’s nature is the perfect setting for your glamping trip.
1. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Stay in one of 10 brand new yurts on the edge of the Sparks Reservoir in Sweetwater Creek State Park, located just 15 miles from the heart of Atlanta. The yurts at Sweetwater Creek sleep up to six guests in a round, canvas structure. Walk into your tent to find it fully furnished, with wood finishings, and cozy, yet elegant decor, from the beds to the sofa. The little glamping tents come with electrical outlets, a fire pit, a barbeque grill, and a deck, making it the perfect spot for a weekend away with a group of friends. Sweetwater Creek State Park is full of tree-covered hiking trails, lakeside beauty, and adventure. From the kayaks to the trails to the picnics and grills, there’s always something to do at the park.
2. Little Raccoon Key
Check out this gem of Southern Georgia. According to the island’s website, “Little Raccoon Key is a reef island off the coast of Georgia and is part of the golden isles of Georgia.” The island also provides you and fellow campers with the experience of a lifetime when you go glamping on your own private island. The island accepts only one booking at a time, giving you the entire island to yourself. Inside the luxury-style tent, you’ll find a full-sized bed with a memory foam mattress, string lights covering the ceiling, and while there isn’t much else inside the glamping tent, the experience comes with much, much more. Watch the sunrise over the clear blue waters, check out the dolphins as the flip their way in and out of the waters in front of your eyes, learn about ancient oyster reefs, or have a chef come and prepare a special meal just for you and your boo. Nearby, St Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island have all the shops and civilization if you need it.
3. Martyn House
Head to this North Georgia hideaway at the Martyn House. The farmhouse and bed and breakfast offers the most whimsical mountainside glamping spot in the state. The unique, glamorous camping tents were brought from India for guests to enjoy in the mountains outside of Ellijay, Georgia. The property has four different tents, each of which can fit up to two guests. Enjoy the site’s patio space and grill — perfect for a warm, summer barbecue. With event space, an organic garden and farm, swimming, and hiking trails, the Martyn House is the perfect summer glamping getaway. Check out the abundant marine life and wildlife on the mountainside or just enjoy your days in nature. The glamping portion of this site is open from mid-November through mid-April.
4. Historic Banning Mills
If staying in a treehouse has always been your dream, you can’t miss out on a stay at the Historic Banning Mills. The cabins in the trees are accessible via swinging bridges suspended in the air, and each cabin comes with a king-sized bed, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, private bathroom, and private deck. Honestly, this place is perfect for a romantic getaway in nature. Breakfast for two is included with each stay at the Historic Banning Mills. In the mountains around the treehouse glamping site, you’ll have access to unspoiled nature, hiking trails, wildlife, and stunning views of the mountains. Head in the fall for the best of the orange, red, and yellow leaves.
5. High Falls State Park
Stay in a yurt in this popular central Georgia park. High Falls State Park is home to the High Falls themselves, the largest waterfall in this part of the state, and you have the chance to camp out right beside the rushing water. The yurts in the park are equipped with all you need, including cozy beds, patio space, and a nearby swimming pool at the campground. The waters all around are ideal for fishing, while the trails are wonderful for admiring the wildlife and views.