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Vogel State Park, Blairsville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • I went here in mid October with my dog. It is beautiful. You can walk all the way around the lake. There are cabins and a great campground. There is a little beach for swimming if it is warm enough an...  read more »
  • Trails not for beginners. Take water and snacks. Even though trail is well marked, get map from park office and use. We hiked up through park to Blood Mountain summit. Very strenuous 3 hours UP!!! Reg...  read more »
  • We went to the park for the day and hiked the Bear Hair Gap Trail. Up at the top of the hike, there was an overlook of the park. Totally worth the extra steps! Breathtaking. 
  • Beautiful park with lots of activities, miles of hiking trails, kayaking, paddling, mini golf... The trail around the lake is very easy to complete, even for people who are not in that great shape. It is about a mile long, mostly level, and has multiple benches along the path. Nice waterfall and small beach too.
  • 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.
  • One of the nicest state parks I've visited. The fall colors are amazing. The short list of things to do: kayak, paddle board, fish, swim, mini golf, camp, hike (everything from easy to hard *blood mountain hike*), waterfall viewing, and educational centers. The surrounding area is even better.
  • Great old state park at the base of Blood Mountain. Its a fun drive up there. Amazing hemlock trees really give a glimpse of what North Georgia used to look like before most of them were harvested. Great hiking trails. I wish the sites were a bit more spread out. I also wish you could reserve specific sites at Georgia State Parks.
  • Great park nestled in the mountains, plenty of hiking and many outdoor activities right in the park including mini golf, paddleboats, kayaks and paddleboards!
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