Camping in Georgia: Lake Conasauga Campsite Review

I am so excited to announce that we took our van camping in Georgia for the first time ever! We have been working diligently to get the van to this point, but we still have a long way to go. 

Click here to see the conversion progress so far!

We decided to camp at Lake Conasauga in Chatsworth, Georgia for our first trip in the van! This is my hometown, but I had never visited before. Lake Conasauga is a nineteen-acre, spring-fed lake surrounded by natural beauty! It’s the highest lake in Georgia.

The lake is located on Grassy Mountain in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The temperature is at least ten degrees cooler up there, which is perfect for camping in Georgia in the middle of August!

We stayed for 4 days and three nights in the comfort of our tiny home on wheels! We, of course, brought our dogs with us! 

The Drive Up 

As I mentioned before, Lake Conasauga is the highest lake in Georgia which means that we had to take our giant van up Grassy Mountain. The roads are gravel and very narrow at points. 

Our van is not a four-wheel drive. We actually got stuck on an exceptionally steep hill – complete with super loose gravel. 

Shout out to James who helped guide us out! 

Other than that we didn’t have any issue getting to the lake. I’m sure it would have been easier if we had a four-wheel drive, but you can make it up without one. 

It does take about an hour to make it to the top, but the loud, bumpy road makes it feel longer. The lake is definitely worth the drive, though! Just remember to go slow and be careful! 

The Camp Ground

The spots we stayed in were $15 a night. Once we finally made it up the mountain, we were met with a multitude of camp spots. Most of them were really close to the water! I believe there are cheaper ones on the other side of the lake. 

We stayed in spot number 25. It was incredibly roomy, private, and right on the water. We even kept our dogs off-leash for the majority of the time, with the exception of the really busy weekend days.  

When we got to the lake on Thursday, there were maybe 4 spots taken, but by Friday night there were no spots left. The spot fills up fast on the weekend! By Sunday night everyone was gone except for us and one other family. 

Everyone was really friendly, including the forest ranger that made his rounds once a day. 

Bathrooms

I was surprised to find that Lake Conasauga has running water bathrooms. Not that this was a necessity for us, but it was nice. The bathroom has two stalls and is lit with a skylight. Bring a flashlight if you’re going at night. 

They were pretty clean except for the bugs that like to hang out in there. Don’t worry, they keep to themselves. 

 It was nice to have running water for things like brushing our teeth and rinsing dishes! 

The Lake

The lake is pretty big so there is plenty of room for water activities! There were people fishing in their boats (only electric motors are allowed), swimming off the dock, and floating on innertubes. 

We spent a lot of time swimming. The water is pretty cool since it’s at such high elevation and it’s decently clean. The water is pretty deep, though. I’m 5’2, and I couldn’t touch the bottom with the exception of one spot. My husband is almost six feet, and he couldn’t touch either. 

We had the swimming area mostly to ourselves the entire time. I feel that this would especially be the case in you came during the week. 

The swimming area was right across the lake from where we were camping, so it was a bit of a walk, but we loved it! 

Dogs are not prohibited at the swimming area, so keep that in mind if you’re bringing the fur babies.  

Hiking 

There are ample opportunities to hike when camping in Georgia, but especially at Lake Conasauga. We hiked the Loop Trail around the lake daily while we were there. It takes around an hour to complete if you take your time, and you get to see the lake from every angle. 

Off of that trail is the Songbird Trail and the Tower Trail. We decided to hike the Tower Trail to get to… Well, the tower.

The trail is two miles one way and ends on the very top of the mountain. An old watchtower sits up there, and the view is incredible! The tower is probably the highest point in Chatsworth, Georgia. 

The trail is pretty overgrown in spots, so watch ours for poison oak! The last mile of the hike is pretty steep. Make sure to bring plenty of water! We were the only ones on the trail the entire time and never crossed paths with anyone. It took about two hours to complete. 

We were exhausted when got back to camp, and so were our dogs! A dip in the lake made us feel much better and less sticky. 

Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be back! If you have visited Lake Conasauga, tell us about it in the comments! 

For those of you who scrolled to the bottom:

The drive up is bumpy and narrow. You can make it without a four-wheel drive, but be careful. 

Spots are $15 a night. The spots fill up fast on the weekends. Come early if you want a premium view from camp.

They have bathrooms with running water, but now power. Bring a flashlight if you’re going in the dark. 

The lake is huge with plenty of room to swim, fish, or take the boat out. Only electric motors allowed, though. 

There are three trails. The Loop Trail goes around the lake, the Song Bird Trail that takes you out into nature, and if you climb the Tower Trail takes you to the best view in Chatsworth.

Give camping in Georgia a shot!

Happy travels, friends.

For more information about Lake Conasauga, visit their website here!

Comments

  • Jordan

    2 weeks agoReply

    I’m from Georgia but never been to Lake Conasauga before. Adding it to my list now.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      It’s worth the trip, for sure!

  • Catherine

    2 weeks agoReply

    This campsite looks amazing! My kids love camping and we’re always looking for new places to explore, maybe this will be next! Thanks for sharing such a detailed review.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      You’re welcome! Let me know if you visit!

  • Patty

    2 weeks agoReply

    Looks like fun!

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Thanks!

  • TravelByMaya

    2 weeks agoReply

    This looks so much fun ! I’ve actually never thought about camping abroad. And now I am definitely adding it to my bucket list. It looks like a fun way to spice up your trip.
    Also, Georgia looks so pretty, it does looks like a lovely adventure to do there !

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Georgia is pretty, but it’s so hot in the summer! Thank you!

  • Smita

    2 weeks agoReply

    Lake Conasauga looks beautiful! I’d be a bit scared to drive up the gravel road, but the reward seems worth it.

  • Mei and Kerstin

    2 weeks agoReply

    We drove through Georgia a few years ago during our road trip from Washington DC down to the Keys in Florida, but we only visited Savannah and its surrounding area. We’re not so much into camping, but would definitely stop at Lake Conasauga next time we’re in Savannah.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Savannah is pretty far from Lake Conasauga, but still worth the trip!

  • Aditi Sharma

    2 weeks agoReply

    The natural beauty of Lake Conasauga is stunning and it sure sounds like an amazing camping experience. I’d love to head off for that hour-long hike along the Loop Trail and take in the views of the lake. Very informative post.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Thanks so much!

  • Josy A

    2 weeks agoReply

    It’s funny how often we explore around the world, but don’t get around to visiting places in our own back yards! It looks like you had a fab time exploring near your hometown! Hiking up Grassy Mountain then swimming in the lake sounds like a perfect day to me! Your dogs must have been in puppy heaven!

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      I know. Our pups were so happy to be there!

  • Summer

    2 weeks agoReply

    Congrats on getting your van ready to start taking camping journeys! It looks like a really comfortable way to explore. I understand how hard it can be to drive in the mountains. After moving to a ski resort, I realized 4×4 was a must so I purchased a 4wd vehicle. Glad you made it up ok! The view looks incredible at Lake Conasauga. It’s great you were able to bring your dogs with you too! Good to know they aren’t allowed at the lake, as my dog loves to swim.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Thanks! We can’t wait to travel full time! They make 4wd Sprinters, but they’re really expensive!

  • Ann

    2 weeks agoReply

    Looks like a fun time despite the rocky road up to the site. Was it hot to camp in the van?

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      It was much cooler on top of the mountain!

  • Carol Colborn

    2 weeks agoReply

    Aaaww. Made me remember our 8 years if Full-Time RVing! I miss such campgrounds that take you so close to nature! Congrats on your first!

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      Thank you!

  • Angie

    2 weeks agoReply

    Looks like an amazing place! I love that you can swim in the lake. Sounds like you had a nice time.

    • Tasha

      6 days agoReply

      It was awesome! Thanks!

  • Nitin Singhal

    5 days agoReply

    Camping looks difficult, not my cup of tea. I am more of a city guy. The campsite is at beautiful location, in the middle of a jungle. Lake Conasaunga is beautiful.

    • Tasha

      1 day agoReply

      Thank you!

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