October 26, 2010

Vogel State Park is Worth the Drive

We really enjoyed Vogel State Park this past weekend. The park is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia. There were the usual park activities, and we had time to partake because we spent both nights in the campground. Here is the view of the park from the paddle boat in the video in the middle of this post. It's just 2 minutes. Go easy on me this is my first video.

The park was so pretty in October. I love the easy hike around the Lake Trahlyta; we clocked the walk at 1.44 miles. The park bulletin says to pronouce the lake's name Tra - lee- ta. Halfway around you will find the waterfall in the video. There is a path to the left of the damn that made the descent easier, but it wasn't that hard and children would like climbing near the falls.

The Vogel State Park and Lake Trahlyta were built by the civilian conservation corps beginning in 1934. The park has a nice layout and is reached by a mostly four-lane highway drive (GA 400 and then Hwy 19) from Atlanta. I drove my oldest home, so he could spend the night at a friend's on Saturday, but drove back to the park so we could continue our adventure. I did this because I really wanted my oldest to be with us Friday night. I think this is part of adapting family needs and kid needs.

The putt-putt course is perfect for a family activity and has a gorgeous view of Blood Mountain. The campsites are pretty close together, but that must be on purpose to fit as many visitors as possible as the park accomodations were sold out. The cabins are further apart and cabin numbers 33, 34 and 35 were right on the lake and out of the way.

Oh, and the park hosts giant Rhododendron bushes all around the lake. They bloom around the 4th of July according to the park staff. I can't wait to go back and see these!

Vogel State Park
405 Vogel State Park Road
Blairsville , GA 30512
(I am visiting, photographing, and blogging all of the GA state parks in one year. This is park number 5 out of 48).


LaPerLaa said...

what a dreamy beaty!

readingsully2 said...

What a great idea. Beautiful shots.

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Photo Blog said...

such a great idea! but your video isn't working. i wanted to see the waterfall.

MagMoment said...

PhotoBlog, Thanks! If you click on the bottom right of the video there is a link to watch it on YouTube.

Here is the direct link.


Lee said...

Wonderful video! The colors are lovely, the lake is beautiful. What fun! i get to see all the parks with you ;)

Nicole Rushin said...

This looks like a nice day trip. Doesn't seem to be too far away. Hope you got lots of great shots.