Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA
Trahlyta Lake Trail, Bear Hair Gap Trail, and
Coosa Backcountry Trail
405 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
Reservations can be made for a particular site beginning in 2018
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 1 pm/Check out before 1 pm.
ACCESS: 7 am - 10 pm.
MAPS: At Park Office
SITES: 103 RV/tent
18 walk-in tent sites
PULL THRUS: 11
WATERFRONT: Yes by creek
PICNIC SHELTERS: 4
SITE SURFACE: Paved
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
POOL: No. Small beach area for the lake open in the summer
BOAT RAMP: No
FEATURES: Lake for non motorized boats and fishing. Lots of trails for hiking. Miniature golf.
RANKING: 8.5 due to no cell service or tv service. Park is a little rustic but beautiful.
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Byron Herbert Reece Farm
Georgia Mountain Fair
Smithgall Woods State Park
Vogel State Park is in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the base of Blood Mountain with an elevation of 2,280 feet. It is in the Chattahoochee National Forest and open year round with beautiful views during all seasons.
The park features a 22-acre lake named Lake Trahlyta built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and named after the Indian Princess Trahlyta. Much of the land which is now Vogel State Park was given to the state in 1927 by the Fred Vogel family and became one of the first two parks in Georgia in 1931.
We camped here next to the creek in November 2017 in our Travato van and the leaves were spectacular. The sound of the running water lulled us to sleep at night. Camping here was really wonderful and we will definitely return to this gorgeous park.
We returned for one night in June 2018 during our Southern Highroads Trail trip and visited the Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center. We took their last open spot at the park and enjoyed our stay even though we were not by the water.
The Trahlyta Lake Trail is an easy 1 mile loop around Lake Trahlyta and can be accessed from picnic shelter #2 or cabin #35. This trail crosses an earthen dam constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Be sure to take the spur trail off the dam leading to an observation deck below the dam's spillway. The views of Blood Mountain and Slaughter Mountain on this trail are spectacular.
The Bear Hair Gap Trail is a 4.1 mile partial loop up and over the lower ridges of Blood Mountain. The trail is green blazed and leaves the park and travels onto the Chattahoochee National Forest which is open to hunting. We found this trail to be rather difficult in places and very rocky with an average grade of 12%. The tgrail crosses several crfeeks and is sometimes hard to follow. Turn left when you reach the service road to pick up the Coosa Backcountry Trail.
The Coosa Backcountry Trail is a 12.9 mile partial loop with an average grade of 15%. We connected to the last portion of this trail to descend back to Vogel State Park. We found the trail to be difficult most of the time and slippery in places.
There are 17 miles of hiking trails within the park and giving access to the Coosa Backcountry Trail which climbs Coosa Bald and Slaughter Mountain. Also available from this trail is the Duncan Ridge Trail leading directly to Blood Mountain where it meets the Appalachian Trail.
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA:
I-85 N to 985 N
Continue onto GA-52 W to Clermont
Turn R onto US-129 N
Turn L onto Vogel State Park Road
N 34.765883 | W -083.925416