Georgia's Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park in Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Vogel State Park in Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

"Pristine" means not spoiled, corrupted or polluted. Dictionaries should put a picture of Vogel State Park alongside their definitions of pristine. That's how nice it is.

When you need to escape from Crazyville, head to the "mountains" of North Georgia. (No, they're not the Rocky Mountains, the Alps or the Mackenzies. Georgians still call them mountains -- and shopping carts "buggies." Hey, you think your kids are smart and good-looking. We're even.)

Picture, if you will (as they say on TV), private, quiet log cabins overlooking a pristine lake with mountains in the background. That's just one magnificent aspect of Vogel State Park.

If you prefer, you can "camp" in your gargantuan motor home with the swoopy decals on the side or hike in with a tent and sleeping bag. Suit yourself. Either way, you'll be welcomed by the amazingly friendly folks at Vogel.

Vogel is at the base of Blood Mountain. Appalachian Trail hikers can come in out of the rain, grab a shower, sit in a real chair, drink water they don't have to carry or fetch and stare at Lake Trahlyta (pronounced: tra-ha-la-ha-tee-tah, I think, but I could be wrong).

If you're so wired that you cannot relax the first day you're at Vogel, there's a museum, paddle boats, fishing, hiking, miniature golf and music on the weekends. Waterfalls and one of the galaxy's best outfitter's shops are nearby. When you get the hang of relaxing, there are chairs, swings, porches and scenic spots that are perfect for doing nothing energetic. (Try. You'll live longer.)

Hope you enjoy the pictures we took, but Vogel State Park is better in person.

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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