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

October 15, 2014: Wow! What a difference the weather makes. Yesterday's blustery rain laden weather system really did a number on the leaves that had started changing color. But wait! Not all is lost.

Awareness in Autumn!

A child sports a blaze orange hat for safe hiking in autumn woods

Fall is a fantastic time to be outdoors. The cooler days and beautiful foliage can make for some really memorable outdoor activities. But make sure you are safe out there! Wear bright colors and check out this other important information before you begin your autumn adventures.

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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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