Blue Ridge Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
Temporary Closure of Lake Winfield Scott Swimming Area and Boat Ramp – Due to damage to the water control structure at Lake Winfield Scott water levels are down approximately 6 feet from full pool. As a result the swimming area and boat ramp are temporarily closed in the interest of public safety until necessary repairs can be made. The Day Use Area and beach are still open for public use, however, swimming is prohibited during this time.
Conasauga Ranger District, Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area, Barnes Creek Picnic Area, Bear Creek Trail, Cohutta Overlook, Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads, Hickey Gap Campground, Jacks River Fields Campground, John's Mountain Overlook, Lake Conasauga, Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground, Lake Conasauga Picnic and Swim Site, Mill Creek Overlook, Peeples Lake, Rock Creek ORV Trail, The Pocket Recreation Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Family Picnic Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter
Date(s): Dec 26, 2015
Major storms significantly damaged several roads on the Conasauga Ranger District this past December with numerous landslides and sinkholes along roadways. These roads will continue to be temporarily closed beyond March 4 when most seasonally closed roads would have normally reopened.
USFS crews have been working hard to remove fallen trees, clear out and replace culverts, and grade and add gravel so that some roads could reopen — making them safe for travellers and minimizing further resource damage. The cost to repair the road damage is estimated at nearly $5 million. USFS is working with FHWA to secure funding.
Logging operations will take place on segments of the Dry Creek Trail System Monday through Friday for approximately one month. Affected trails include Mount Joy (236) and Dry Creek (237) north of Forest Service Road 226.
Each year, there are serious injuries and fatalities at North Georgia waterfalls.
The best way to enjoy a waterfall is from a safe distance. Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails. Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it's easy to lose your balance. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water and their positions are ever-changing. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
Have fun and enjoy the beauty, but please be safe!
Chattooga River Ranger District 706-754-6221
CURRAHEE MOUNTAIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ESTIMATED TIME OF REOPENING SEPTEMBER 12th, 2016.
This closure is necessary for the safety of the public during a tower modification project at the communications site on top of Currahee Mountain. Walking, biking and riding horses along Currahee Mtn. Road is still permissible, but going all the way to the top should not occur due to safety concerns.
Check current weather around the forest and view our webcams on Brasstown Bald. Get information about special alerts from the National Weather Service, fire, drought, and real-time surface water flows in Georgia.
View maps as introduced and subject to change entitled “Priority Land Adjustments, State of Georgia, U.S. Forest Service—Southern Region, Oconee and Chattahoochee National Forests, U.S. Congressional Districts—8, 9, 10 & 14” dated September 24, 2013, that are part of 114th Congress, H.R. 470 “Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015.”