Get close to nature just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Here, you'll find a peaceful reservoir surrounded by forests, making for the perfect haven beyond the city's limits. Steeped in history, there is also the ruins of an old mill in this park, along with views of the rushing river from up on the tall rock bluffs.
Sweetwater Creek's camping facilities are made up of 5 campsites for tenters only and 10 yurts (none of which allow our furry friends inside). Puppers are allowed on each of the campsites, however, along with the 8 rentable picnic shelters. All visitors must purchase a ParkPass permit to enter, which costs $5 per vehicle. Rates for camping are $27 per night, while day-use of the picnic shelters goes for $75. If you're looking to stay in a yurt, the fee jumps to $95 per night.
While here, you'll have lots of fun things to do! The reservoir is not for swimming, but you can still enjoy it by renting a stand-up paddleboard, pedal boat, canoe, or kayak. Or if fishing is more your thing, try casting a line or two out into the waves to see what you can bring in. There is even a bait shop open in the warmer months for you to stock up on different lures. Be sure to check out the Visitor Center while you're here as it provides excellent historical displays in addition to having all of the info you could possibly want about the nature that surrounds you. If you need your screen time, wifi can be accessed both at the center and the bait shop.
All doggos will enjoy hiking the trails of this state park, but remember to keep them leashed throughout their stay! Also, you'll need to show proof of your pooch's rabies vaccination upon entering, so be sure to have a valid tag on your woofer. As always, be a good dog advocate by cleaning up whatever your furry friend leaves behind -- and disposing of it correctly.
For any looking to get out of the city to experience true Georgia wildlands, Sweetwater Creek State Park delivers!