When the weather warms, many families feel the urge to get out from the confines of the indoors and explore nature. For families wanting a bit of adventure, camping is an economical and exciting option. It helps teach children basic survival skills in the wilderness and instills a love for adventure. Camping is a fantastic way to disconnect from technology and reconnect with loved ones while doing fun activities such as hiking, fishing, and learning to build a fire. 

When your family is ready for some outdoor adventures, check out the cool spots in our area where nature can help teach things such as resourcefulness and problem-solving skills. Here’s our list of the best camping spots near Alpharetta, Georgia. 

Bald Ridge Creek Campground

A camping tent set up in a forest near Alpharetta GA

Tent by Andy Arthur is licensed with CC BY 2.0

Bald Ridge Creek Campground is a picturesque location that sits on Lake Sidney Lanier. It features some of the bluest water you’ll ever see in a lake and offers visitors a phenomenal fishing and boating experience. Located just 19 miles from Alpharetta, Bald Ridge Creek is a convenient and fast way to escape for a few days. There are 82 campsites with electric and water hookups. Campers will also find a dump station, laundry facilities, restrooms, and bathhouses available. 

On the grounds, you and your family can entertain yourselves with various activities ranging from swimming and bike riding to wakeboarding and kayaking. Anglers will be happy to find a healthy supply of fish in the lake. 

  • Location: 4100 Bald Ridge Park Road, Cumming. 
  • Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day. 
  • Contact: 770-889-1591.

Alpaca Tree House

The Atlanta Alpaca Tree House is where camping meets Southern style. This unique experience is a can’t-miss opportunity to find yourself transported into a dense bamboo forest with unique creatures and wonderful decor. Featured on Netflix’s “Love is Blind” and “World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals,” this place is sure to leave an impression and keep you wanting to return.

Guests can enjoy the experience of petting the rescue alpaca, grabbing fresh herbs from the garden, and sipping a warm cup of tea on the porch. The rooms you stay in are decorated in authentic Southern decor with unique antique furniture sure to enhance your stay. 

Booking a stay here is an immersive experience where camping meets glamour — glamping. The treehouse has luxury beds, linens, and marble baths and is hidden in a beautiful bamboo forest planted in the 1940s. The secluded locale is ideal for a romantic getaway for parents. 

  • Location: 1152 Fayetteville Road SE., Atlanta. 
  • Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day.
  • Contact: 678-595-0038.

Twin Lakes State Park 

The Twin Lakes State Park has some of the best camping opportunities in the area. If you don’t mind the hour’s drive, its features amenities to make your experience a bit easier and planning seamless. Located in the heart of Vriginia, the historical grounds have 548 acres and loads of fun activities for families. There are 33 different camping locations as well as 11 cabins available for rent. 

On-site family-friendly services include a dump station, boat ramp, hot showers, laundry facilities, and restrooms. There’s fishing, r swimming, boating, and gorgeous spots for a lakeside picnic. 

  • Location: 788 Twin Lakes Road, Green Bay, Virginia. 
  • Contact: 800-933-7275.

Bolding Mill

Surrounded by lush greenery with a beautiful view of Lake Lanier, Bolding Mill is an ideal place to treat the family to an outdoor picnic and a night under the stars. There are 88 campsites, and nine have minimal features to set up your tent for that “roughing-it” experience.

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this site on the crown of Lake Lanier is great for those looking to go sailing, paddling, or water skiing. Lucky anglers with the right tackle can land some of the biggest striped bass for the night’s dinner. You can also soak in the sun on the sandy beach while working on your tan and reading your favorite book. 

  • Location: 4055 Chestatee Road, Gainesville. 
  • Contact: 770-534-6960.

Shoal Creek Campground

The Shoal Creek Campground welcomes RV and tent campers looking for an authentic and rustic camping experience. The wooded site is ideal for tent campers, small RVs, and pop-up campers. If you have a larger clan, you can reserve a spot for group camping and keep your experience quiet and exclusive to loved ones. The minimalist camping experience has fun features such as a campfire ring, picnic table, picnic pavilion, sites with and without hookups, showers, and a boat ramp. 

Like most places on Lake Lanier, fishing is excellent, and a walk in the woods can make for a fun and exciting learning experience for little ones. If you like birding, this locale is serene enough to see some native birds in their natural habitat. Bring your camera or binoculars to catch sight of the local wildlife while they nest or hunt. 

  • Location: 6300 Shadburn Ferry Road, Buford. 
  • Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day. 
  • Contact: 678-482-0332.

So, there you have it. Crème de la Crème of Alpharetta has enjoyed sharing our list of the top places to go camping in and around Alpharetta. When you’re ready to reconnect with family and nature, few things are more exciting than an evening or weekend camping. The great outdoors has a multitude of opportunities for young ones to learn about life, nature, science, and each other. Consider one of these spots for your next outdoor adventure together. 

While you plan your next great escape from daily responsibilities, check out Crème de la Crème of Alpharetta for your family’s child care needs. Our enriched environment encourages children to explore their interests, challenge their imagination, and create strong bonds with peers. We extend learning beyond the classroom and have activities that establish foundational social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills essential for your child’s growth and well-being. Call our friendly staff at 770-777-2960 to schedule a tour of our state-of-the-art facility and learn all the ways Crème de la Crème of Alpharetta is right for your child.