BEST Lake Beaches near Atlanta!

Big Beach at LanierWorld has lifeguards and a Tiki bar. photo

Looking for some Beach action this summer?

Sure, Tybee Island, Hilton Head, St Simon’s Island and Myrtle Beach are some of the closest beaches to Atlanta. They are popular choices, but you already know about them. You can drive 5-6 hours to the Gulf of Mexico, but why would you do that when you have Lake Beaches near Atlanta.

Check out some of BEST Lake Beaches near Atlanta. Pack up the car this summer with beach chairs and towels and plan a day of fun.

 Don Carter State Park

On the northern edge of Atlanta, Don Carter State Park is positioned right where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Georgia’s newest state park and the first state park on Lake Lanier, one of its big draws is a large sand swimming beach and bath house. This is a great beach for day trips — you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards or cool off in the water after hiking or biking Don Carter’s multi-use trail through a hardwood forest. Overnights are another possibility at the park’s cabins, RV campground or primitive camping area.

http://gastateparks.org/DonCarter

Fort Yargo State Park 

Winder is convenient to both Atlanta and Athens. The large swimming beach at Fort Yargo runs along a 260-acre lake where you can also kayak or canoe. It’s a nice spot for large groups with picnic or group shelters for rent, and wedding planners should note its beach pavilion that seats 150.

http://gastateparks.org/FortYargo

Big Beach at Lake Lanier

Just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, this admission-charged playground is part of LanierWorld and involves more than a half mile of white, sandy beach with lounging clusters. There’s a Tiki hut for beach beverages, a floating stage for live performances and lifeguards at the ready at the swim area. LanierWorld offers a special price for admission to the beach only (ranging from $10-$20), or do the beach as part of an active and adventurous day at the water park.

http://www.lanierislands.com/lanierworld/beach

Robin Lake Beach Callaway Gardens

Go big at this beach — a full mile of manmade white sand beach around the 65-acre Robin Lake, all part of Pine Mountain’s Callaway Gardens. It’s ripe for sunbathing and swimming and features other summer fun like giant chess and checkers, mini-golf and shuffleboard. The beach is included in Callaway Gardens admission. A season pass may be a good idea. It allows you to bring five different guests each visit.

http://www.callawaygardens.com/things-to-do/beach-and-watersports/robin-lake-beach

Acworth Beach at Cauble Park    
A fine, family-style public beach and recreation area, Acworth Beach is free and has a white sand beach and roped-off swimming area. Located on Beach Street on the North side of Lake Acworth, the 25-acre Cauble Park also has set places to fish, a playground and public restrooms, so plan to make a day of it.

http://www.allatoonalake.org/parks/acworth_beach.html

Red Top Mountain State Park 

This popular park on the 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona has a sand swimming beach — Gilligan-style — nestled in a cove and surrounded by trees. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby marinas. It’s good for a group, with picnic and group shelters you can rent for meetings, parties or reunions. And if the beach isn’t enough, the mountain offers more than 15 miles of trails winding through the forested park.

http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain

Red Top Mountain State Park

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