One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base
of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south,
visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the
highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the
Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves.
Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular 4-mile Bear Hair
Gap loop, an easy lake loop that leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the challenging 13-mile
Coosa Backcountry Trail.
Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight
accommodations. The park’s 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats, and during
summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach. This park is rich in history,
with many facilities being constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp during
our nation’s Great Depression. The “CCC Boys” story is told in the park’s museum.