Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Rules and Regulations for Forest Visitors

Recreation Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines

A good overview of some of the issues about which we are often asked. This page includes a Guide to Firearms Use, a Guide to Geocaching and Letterboxing, as well as links to safety information and Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Get the goods.>>>

Forest Supervisor's Orders

Forest-wide Orders

  • General Forest Orders: Re-issued and updated June 12, 2013 these orders cover a wide variety of prohibited activities.
  • Developed Recreation Areas: Re-issued and updated April 12, 2012, these orders pertain to activities in developed campgrounds and recreation sites.
  • Motor Vehicle Regulations: Re-issued and updated June 12, 2013, these orders govern the use of motorized vehicles in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests.
  • Possession of Controlled Substances: Issued June 1, 2010. Just what it says, the possession of controlled substances without a legal prescription from a registered/permitted practioner is prohibited.

Site-specific Orders

Blue Ridge Ranger District
Chattooga River Ranger District
Conasauga Ranger District
Oconee Ranger District

Regional Forester's Order

Cave and Mine Closure: Issued June 12, 2014. In effect until June 12, 2019.


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