If you are looking for a beautiful place to boondock in an RV, cool off in an amazing river, or hit some great trails, then we have the top 3 campgrounds in Northern Georgia for you to visit.
The State of Georgia is very diverse from the barrier islands in South Georgia, to the majestic mountains of North Georgia. Although there are quite a few campsites in Northern Georgia to choose from, we think you will love these 3 and they are all nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest. But best of all, they are on the same road within 10 miles of each other. Get the Chattahoochee National Forest [Map Pack Bundle] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map) HERE and pick your destination.
Talullah River Campground is a RV favorite. Open year-round. 14 day maximum stay limit. The sites are 10×93. (That’s a huge site) and offer a few spots right next to the Talullah River. There are no hookups, but it does a few water spigot to fill your fresh water tank. There is one bathroom building with two separate vault toilets. There is NO DUMP Station so make sure you have a place to empty. If you have a Senior Pass or an American the Beautiful Pass, the price per night is $7.50. That’s right!!! Otherwise it’s $15.00 a night (which is still a pretty good price). There is a Camphost on duty during the spring and summer. Once in the campground, take a short walk along Forest Rd 70 and you will see a National Forest Trailhead. Coleman River Trail (trail length 1.0 miles). This trail will get your blood pumping for sure. It’s a 1 mile out and back trail and offers everything a hiking trail should.
The drive into Talullah River Campground can be narrow at times. Your nearest town is Clayton, Georgia which offers everything you would need. Probably the easiest access point to start your journey to find this gem.
TIP: Get here early. If you wait til Friday to pull in, you probably won’t get a spot. The river makes it a popular way to cool off in Georgia hot summer days.
Tate Branch Campround is just 4 miles down the road. Except the road turns from pavement to gravel and the official Forest Road 70 beginning. This Forest Road follows the Talullah River and you will have 3 bridge crossings. (no worries about the bridge crossings). Along this section of the road you will see plenty of cars pulled over for some fly fishing opportunities in the River.
Consider Tate Branch the overflow for Talullah River Campground. Here you will find smaller Camper Trailers, Truck Campers, and Popup’s. The maximum stay is 14 days. Although, we have seen Camper Trailers 30 feet long here. The size of the campsites are much smaller here also. However, the accesses to the River is exactly the same. Great for camping along a river you can just walk into and cool off. They do have bathrooms in the campground also (vault toilets) There is NO WATER SPIGOT’S. So you will have to bring your own water. The nice thing about this campground is the sites are not right on top of each other and you have plenty of room to spread out and have a great campfire for the night.
Sandy Bottoms Campground A 14-site developed campground. This campground is less than 10 miles away from Talullah on the same road (Forest Rd 70) and offers even a better way to cool off in the Talullah River. It’s the lowest campground of the 3 and you can literally camp ON THE RIVER bank. (if you get there early enough) However, it’s also the smallest of the 3. It does have it’s limits and you won’t see to many large camper trailers here. Mostly Car Camping and Tent Camping. Although, if you are a Van Lifer, Oh, this is a beauty of a spot. Secluded, shaded and quite.
Remember ALL 3 of these gems are on the same Forest Rd 70. All of them are $15.00 a night. They all have access to the River.
Take U.S. 76 west from Clayton for 8 miles; turn right (north) Persimmon Rd. (a paved county road) for 5 miles; turn left (northwest) on Forest Service Road 70 for 1 mile to Tallulah River (another 3 miles to reach Tate Branch and another 5 miles to Sandy Bottom). Oh, enjoy!