5 scenic places to camp this summer in Georgia

Whether you want to stay in a tent, yurt or treehouse, Georgia has options for camping

If you’re looking for to enjoy all that Georgia has to offer this summer, consider spending a night in the great outdoors.

Summer plans are likely going to look a little different this year amid the coronavirus outbreak, but camping is still on the table and there are plenty of underrated places in Georgia to check out.

Sweetwater Creek State Park 

1750 Mt Vernon Road, Lithia Springs

A list published earlier this month named this the best place to camp in Georgia. The list, from Business Insider, compared top campsites based on reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor and named Sweetwater Creek State Park the best in class. The list highlighted a Yelp review that spoke to the park's variety of activities like fishing and swimming. The park also has yurts for a unique experience.

Providence Canyon State Park

8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin

Frequently referred to as Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” this park is a testament to the power of man's influence on the land. Massive gullies as deep as 150 feet were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s. Today, they make some of the prettiest photographs within the state. Find an abundance of colorful wildflowers and ample opportunities for stargazing during your stay.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn

If staying in a yurt is on your summer bucket list, Cloudland Canyon has you covered. Located on the edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon is one of Georgia's largest and most scenic parks. Cloudland Canyon has 10 available, each with accommodations for a maximum of six people. Each yurt has ceiling fans, heat, decks and fire rings.

Historic Banning Mills

205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Whitesburg

Less than an hour from Atlanta, Historic Banning Mills offers a chance to spend the night in a treehouse. It also has outdoor activities like an aerial obstacle challenges, a free-fall tower, nature programs and ziplines. The treehouse experience offers many glamping amenities including king-size beds, gas fireplaces and private decks.

Stephen C. Foster State Park

17515 Highway 177, Fargo

Just a four-hour drive from Atlanta, this park located in the Okefenokee Swamp. The International Dark Sky Association made the park Georgia's first "International Dark Sky Park." Outstanding views of the moon, stars and comets can be seen because the area isn't a highly polluted one. It offers cottages for rent as well as 60 campsites, including primitive and RV hookups. Reserve your spot at this Georgia treasure.