Recreation

Rules and Regulations for Forest Visitors

Recreation Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines

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Forest Supervisor's Orders

Forest-wide Orders

  • General Forest Orders: Re-issued and updated July 25, 2013 these orders cover a wide variety of prohibited activities. Effective to July 25, 2023.
  • Developed Recreation Areas: Re-issued and updated April 12, 2012, these orders pertain to activities in developed campgrounds and recreation sites. Effective to April 12, 2017.
  • Motor Vehicle Regulations: Re-issued and updated July 25, 2013, these orders govern the use of motorized vehicles in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. Effective to July 25, 2023.
  • 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. Effective to May 31, 2015.

Site-specific Orders

Blue Ridge Ranger District
Chattooga River Ranger District
  • Anna Ruby Fishing Closure. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Chattooga River Corridor Restrictions: Limits on where camping and campfires are allowed. Prohibits public nudity. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Chenocetah Tower Night Time Closure: Limits use of the area to daylight hours. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Currahee Mountain Closure: Prohibits being in the area, specifically the electronic site and the rocks and cliff area, at night and the use of any fire and camping at any time of day. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Lake Russell Alcohol Prohibition: Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Locust State OHV Restriction: Pertains to when parking is allowed, prohibits alcoholic beverages, and use of any vehicles when the area is closed. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
    NOTE: Locust Stake OHV area is closed indefinitely pending a future management assessment and decision.
     
  • Rabun Beach: Rules for the swimming beach. No expiration date.
     
  • Raven Cliff:: Specifies limitations to rock climbing and camping in this area. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Tallulah River Road: Limitations to camping and use of fire in the Tallulah River Road Corridor. Effective from July 25, 2013 through July 25, 2023.
     
  • Tallulah River Parking: Limitations to parking in the Tallulah River Road Corridor. No expiration date.
     
  • Wildcat Creek Camping: Limitations on camping and gun use in the Wildcat Creek and Road corridor. No expiration date.
     
Conasauga Ranger District
Oconee Ranger District

Regional Forester's Order

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

Limitation of Stay in Appalachian Trail Shelters: Limits the time to stay in  shelters along the Appalachian Trail to a maximum of 3 days. This order has no expiration date.

 


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