Vogel State Park

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Georgia's second oldest state park (only Indian Springs is older), Vogal is located in the shadow of Blood Mountain and is in the heart of Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. Created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Vogel is perhaps the most enduring monument to Corps in the state. In a room in the main building is a small museum to the Corps, and each year the park holds a reunion for surviving CCC boys.

The centerpiece of the park is 20-acre Lake Trahlyta, created when the Corps dammed Wolf Creek and named for a Cherokee maiden who is buried a few miles from the park at Stonepile Gap. At 2500 feet elevation the park maintains a cool evening temperature even in the dog days of summer, making this a great stop for camping, but beware. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blankey of red, yellow and gold leaves.

Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. The 20-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During the summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.

Trails:
BYRON HERBERT REECE NATURE TRAIL

0.8 Mile Partial Loop. Average Travel Time: 1 Hour. Foot Travel Only.

Access the Byron Herbert Reece Nature Trail from the Back Country Trailhead located near the campground. Follow the green access trail blazes 0.1 mile to the trail intersection marked with white blazing. The BHR trail loops from this location through a diverse forest that has more types of trees than grow in Yellowstone National Park. Wildflowers abound during the warmer months.

COOSA BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL

12.9-Miles Partial Loop. Average Travel Time: 9 Hours. Foot Travel Only.

Beginning at the Backcountry Trailhead, follow the green-blazed access trail to where the yellow-blazed Coosa Backcountry Trail begins its loop up and over the...