The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is located in central Georgia and northern Georgia.
Where is this Forest?


The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


Cool off river snorkeling; connect with nature

A forest visitor snorkels on the Conasauga River.

In clear, cool streams across the national forest, visitors are viewing wildlife in a whole new way by freshwater river snorkeling. Any clear river will do- just bring a swim suit, snorkel with a mask, and your sense of adventure. 

Partnership mitigates wildfire risk to 50 million dollars in infrastructure

Hazardous fuel mitigation on the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest on Dug Gap near Dalton, GA

Together, the US Forest Service and National Park Service reduced the risk of wildfire to a critical communications site located on the national forest near Dalton, Georgia. With more than 40 antennae, the narrow mountaintop site houses the communication towers that serve approximately 600,000 people and multiple emergency responders in the local community. 

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Improving Trails through Collaboration: Aska Trail System

Co-Trails partners with USFS staff on the Aska Trail System

Recently, the Aska Trail System near Blue Ridge, GA underwent major improvements designed to increase safety and sustainability. 

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project Yields Tangible Results

Two smiling old hunters wearing orange vests and hats with shotguns, their dog, and a ruffed grouse.

Investing in wildlife habitat improvement not only benefits the wildlife, it also improves our quality of life and can stimulate the local outdoor sporting industry. Win, win, win.


Trail Volunteers Work in the Footsteps of John Muir

The Logan Turnpike Trail follows the route of an early 1800′s toll road once traversed and written about by John Muir. Learn about efforts to preserve it.

Ginseng Harvesting on the Chattahoochee National Forest

Ginseng plant

With the increasing demand for Ginseng from around the world threatening the domestic supply of this local plant, the Forest Service is managing the harvest and enforcing the laws.

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