Vogel State Park Ga
Updated: Dec 5, 2021
405 Vogel State Park Rd
Park 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Office 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
This might be a lengthy post, and rightfully so! Vogel State Park has a lot to offer and it's honestly one of those places I'm reluctant to share, for my own selfish reasons. I'm gonna try to do the right thing and give you all the deets on one of my new favorite places. Let's dive in with the specifics of the park:
22 Acre Lake
90 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites
18 Walk-In Campsites
1 Pioneer Campground (Before making reservations, call park for capacity limits.)
4 Picnic Shelters
1 Group Shelter
1 Lake Pavilion
Sand Beach — seasonal
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum — seasonal
Wi-Fi — available at the Visitor Center, museum, group shelter, picnic shelters & cottages
Roku streaming service is available in cottages.
When I visited Vogel, it wasn't my main visiting point. I was hunting Bigfoot and spent a lot of time off-site. However, I still managed to sneak in as much fun here as I possibly could. My only regret is that I didn't dedicate enough time here at the park.
The park was immaculate and clean! I had a pretty severe stomach bug the first few hours at the park; lots of everything coming out of everywhere! Yes, one of those situations. I have to say the facilities were hands down the best. Nothing is worse than being sick in an inconvenient location and having to use public facilities in addition to that. It might not sound like something to really brag about, but I'm being completely honest. This was my favorite sick location ever. The bathrooms and showers were so incredibly clean! There were no creepy spiders crawling out, no webs and toilet paper scattered everywhere. Which is fantastic on an average day, but a tremendous blessing when you're ill.
Let's talk about this campground. The camping area was full when we visited in the heart of summer, but there was plenty of space between lots to not feel crowded by others. The grounds were definitely family-friendly, as we saw many kids making those epic summertime memories. There were lots of laughs and fire fly catching happening nearby. At night, there were no inappropriate shenanigans, nor loud annoying behavior. No crazy drunks threatening to kill one another (if you've never had those experiences, have you even been camping bro??). The park is also pet-friendly, so you can avoid that horrible guilty feeling of leaving your furry pal behind. Our dogs enjoyed the creek, the lake, and the trails, and we loved the peace, quiet, and hooting owls at night under a blanket of stars.
Vogel wore them out.
There is lots to do here to keep you and your family busy if sitting back by the fire reading a good book is not your style.
Hiking — 17 miles of trails
Bike Rental — seasonal
Kayak, Paddleboard, Pedalboat, & Aquacycle
I hope it goes without saying, but I'll clarify just in case, most lakefront activities are seasonal, this includes rentals for those activities. Also, rentals and mini-golf require a fee. For rentals, like campgrounds and pavilions, it is recommended to call ahead to inquire first. Also, bear in mind, Covid is still impacting many activities and their availability. The staff throughout the park were friendly and helpful, ready to answer questions not only about the park but the areas nearby.
My only complaint is that our camping site, which I believe was #15, was hit by direct headlights as people entered the campground, and there appeared to be lots of thru traffic for people who were not actually camping. Getting bright lighted while chilling by the fire by cars going super slow was a bit annoying. The cottages looked beautiful and we plan to return to fully enjoy those. Visitor tip, book cottage 35!!
If you enjoy hiking, there are plenty of trails to do, which vary from easy to difficult. The climb up to Vogel Overlook is definitely some good cardio and might be deemed difficult for those who aren't used to trails. However, if you're not interested in hiking up through the mountains, the Lake Trahlyta Trail is nice and easy and goes around the lake.
The thing I really loved about the lake is that it looks a little different from each spot, as different mountains are reflected in the water.
There is also the Trahlyta Falls Trail, which is a descent down on a dirt path, with stairs onto a wood landing platform. The steps can be slick, so take your time.
They take their bear activity pretty seriously so be prepared to be a good steward and maintain responsibility of your trash.
We didn't see any hungry bears trying to steal food, but there was definitely a hungry Lola.
I hope you take the time to have an adventure at Vogel State Park. I think you'll have a wonderful visit. Don't forget to check out the gift shop and camp store at the main entrance.
As always, keep it safe, keep it cool, and stay curious.