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.



2014 Fall Color Report

Peak color Forest Service office in Gainesville 11/10/2010

Friday, October 31, 2014: Fall color is still to be seen in much of north Georgia. But next week will probably be then end of the color in 90% of the mountains. Clear and crisp weather into early next week will provide the opportunity to one last look at the tail end of the 2014 color season. Get it while you can.

Welcome to Brasstown Bald, Georgia's Highest Mountain

Fall Color - WebCam view from Brasstown Bald, 10/16/2010

Brasstown Bald, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, is a great place to visit and bring your family! The mountain offers spectacular views, cool mountain air temperatures, beautiful scenery, and a visitor center with a number of interactive exhibits and video presentations.

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Conservation Partners Save Georgia Aster from Endangered Status

Purple Georgia aster flower in the foreground and some in the backgroun

The wide-spread but rare Georgia aster was headed for the endangered species list. Find out how the effective work of several groups have lead to a good recovery. 

Gun Laws: Just the facts

Recent changes to gun laws have led to confusion about where guns are allowed. See our "Guide to Firearms Use."


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.

Are You Picking Up Hitch Hikers You Don't Even Know About?

Photo of the Sirex Wood Wasp on a pine needle

When you travel from one area to another, it's possible you may have picked up insects or other diseases without knowing it. Learn about this important issue.

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