Vogel State Park is a state park located in Jenkins County, Georgia. The park consists of 1,872 acres (7.36km2) situated between the Flint River and Lake Burton on the east bank of the river, just south of Forsyth. It was named after George Moulton Vogel, Jr., for whom one of its lakes is also named. The park’s main entrance is located at the intersection of Vogel Avenue and Mill Street. On April 7, 2020, Vogel State Park was among eleven parks that were closed due to COVID-19. A week later, all but one of the parks reopened.
Vogel has three hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
- The 0.5-mile (0.80km) Natural Tunnel Trail follows a boardwalk through a cave formed by acidic groundwater.
- The 2.5-mile (4.0km) Sandhills Trail climbs 800 feet (240m) up Pinnacle Mountain before descending into the natural sandstone valley below.
- The 5.5-mile (8.9km) Vogel Creek Hiking Trail runs along the course of Vogel Creek from its source atop Pinnacle Mountain down to its mouth along the Flint River.
In addition to these hiking trails there are seven miles (11km) of mountain biking trails. These trail connect with the above trails via underpasses allowing bikers to ride from one side of the creek or highway to the other. There are several access points around the lake providing parking for less than half a mile of riding. Bikes are allowed on most of the trails except those noted. Access to some areas may require climbing over fences or using narrow gaps in the forested terrain.