Look inside Georgia’s yurts for easy camping in any weather
Camping is a challenge, at times. Weather, long drives, demanding day hikes and tired kids put a damper on the whole experience. Spending the night in a yurt alleviates some of the stress and work involved.
A yurt is a circular tent, used by Mongolian nomads. It’s like a portable home. Georgia’s yurts are permanent additions to parks across the state. They are spacious and comfortable offering electricity and heat to campers. Each yurt is secured by a locking door and has it’s own deck, picnic table and fire pit.
Stay in a yurt at Georgia State Parks
Georgia’s yurts can be found in some of the state’s most beautiful places. We’ve stayed in the yurts at Cloudland Canyon, High Falls and Fort Yargo State Parks. You’ll also find them at Red Top Mountain and Tugaloo. There are plans to add them to Sweetwater, later this year.
The first yurt we experienced was at Cloudland Canyon State Park after a long day of hiking another area and driving to the park. I was worn out and had no energy left to pitch our tent. Upon arrival, I made the quick decision to stay in one of the yurts for our first night. I was glad I did. The boys and I slept like hibernating bears and woke refreshed for a full day of hiking the canyon.
The yurt villages are often located in secluded areas of the park that offer quiet privacy. Many of the yurts have fantastic views overlooking lakes, playgrounds or access to trails directly from the yurt village. The shared restrooms, centrally located in yurt villages, are kept clean and offer a large area for family routines of caring for kids.
Bring your lantern for outdoor light, your camp kitchen and bedding and leave the tent at home!