One of the Oldest and Most Popular State Parks in Georgia
Established in 1931, Vogel State Park is the second oldest of Georgia’s state parks. At 2,500 feet above sea level, Vogel sits at the base of Blood Mountain, and is surrounded by Chattahoochee National Forest. Vogel is rich in history, with many facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The CCC story is told in the park’s museum, which is open seasonally.
Lake Trahlyta, named after an Indian maiden, is open to non-motorized boats for paddling and fishing. In the summer, visitors cool off at the sandy beach. Vogel is also very popular during the fall months when the surrounding mountains transform into a forest of red, yellow and gold. Visitors can also enjoy miniature golf, picnic shelters and boat rentals. Covered pavilions are also popular wedding spots.
Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. Hikers can choose from 17 miles of trails, including the easy 4-mile Bear Hair Gap lake loop that leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. A newer trail also leads to the Reece Heritage Farm nearby.
From Blairsville, take Hwy. 19/129 south about 9½ miles. Turn right onto Vogel State Park Road.