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Vogel State Park, Blairsville
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Vogel State Park is a 233acre or 94 hectares state park located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It became one of the first two parks in Georgia when it founded a state park system in 1931. Much of the park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.The park features streams, a waterfall, and Lake Trahlyta. At 2500ft elevation it is one of Georgia's highest altitude state parks. The mountainous habitats surrounding the lake support a wide assortment of plants and animals.Within the park are a series of hiking trails. These include the Bear Hair Gap Trail and the more strenuous Coosa Backcountry Trail, which leads up toward Blood Mountain and the Appalachian Trail near Neal's Gap. Vogel Park features camping sites, cabins, swimming, boating and other recreational activities.Description and historyVogel State Park is located 11mi south of Blairsville on US Highway 19 in the north Georgia mountains. At nearly 2500ft altitude, Vogel State Park is usually cool during the summer months, and is one of Georgia's most popular state parks. Vogel features hiking trails, cabins and a 20acre pond known as Lake Trahlyta, which was created when the Civilian Conservation Corps dammed Wolf Creek. The lake is named for Trahlyta, a Cherokee maiden who is buried a few miles from the park at Stonepile Gap. The Corps workers, located at the CCC Camp at Goose Creek just north of the park, also built the first cabins, picnic areas and camping grounds at Vogel.
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  • My parents honeymooned there the first week the park was open (their pictures are in the little park museum and their ashes are scattered in the woods behind the cabin they stayed in) and throughout m...  more »
  • This was our second time to visit Vogel, but first time to see the fall colors. The walk around the lake and then to the waterfall, Words cannot describe the colors. Found 1 leaf with all the colors a...  more »
  • The park is easy to get to and plenty of parking and room. Easy walk to the falls and lots of place to sit and take it in. Picnic areas and gift shop with unique features of the area. 
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  • Great amenities and cottages are comfortable and well kept. Easy and challenging hiking trails are readily accessible. Loved the view from Vogel Overlook. Only downside was the noise from the highway.
  • We've been going to Vogel for the past 20 years and we feel there is no other place like it. We volunteer as often as we can and love camping in the fall and spring. Vogel has so many different programs throughout the year. They are very friendly and will do what ever they can to make your stay enjoyable. The scenery is awesome, from the lake at the front to the mountains that surround the park. The trails are also very good and leads into the Appalachian trail. Please come and visit and carve out some time to try camping or rent a cabin.
  • Beautiful park for a day trip. The amenities are great for a family outing. From the lake, streals and waterfalls to the trails and playgrounds, there is a lot to do. It's an easy drive from the eastern suburbs of Atlanta. The winding mountain roads are fun to drive as well.
  • Awesome park. We were here during an art show so there was that and live music. The park itself is great. Nice trails, nice lake and a waterfall. Really enjoyed it here.
  • I absolutely love Vogel State Park! Although it's one of the more heavily used parks in northern Georgia, the campsites, trails, and facilities are in good condition. The cabins are nice, the camper hookups are all in good condition, the bathrooms get cleaned regularly, and the trails are great, considering the amount of traffic they get. The beach area is fun, and my kids really enjoy it. Also, on our last visit, my son and I toured the small CCC Museum that is here and we were quite impressed.