Ready, Set, Camp! through Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Park assists first time campers via their Ready, Set, Camp! package. For $99 campers arrive at their lake-view campsite to find a four-person tent, with four sleeping pads, already assembled. The best part? The tent and sleeping pads are yours to keep for your next camping adventure.
Campers will still need to bring additional gear such as sleeping bags, pillows, cooking supplies, a lantern and personal items. Additionally, this price does not include site rental, which can range from $26 to $41 per night. Park admission is an additional $15 but an annual pass is $40, so if you love Stone Mountain the annual is a great deal.
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Outdoor School through REI. If you are ready to make the investment in equipment and want to ensure you are purchasing quality products, the right products and only those you need, then check out a class through REI. Their Introduction to Backcountry Skills class is perfect for beginners. It covers planning, equipment and other backcountry skills. Other classes: Backpacking Basics , Introduction to Backcountry Cooking and occasional group camp-outs.
Classes are offered at all five of REI's metro Atlanta locations, as well as a number of outdoor sites.
After taking a few classes and borrowing gear, if you decide that tent camping still isn't for you, then try these eight alternatives.