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.
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. Since that time, much has been accomplished to protect our wilderness and benefit from all its values. Join us in celebrating this great natural resource.
Almost 20 years ago, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests joined with partners across the state to create a groundbreaking network for statewide plant conservation projects. Today the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA) includes 31 gardens, organizations, universities, and agencies working together on more than 70 rare and endangered plant species throughout Georgia. GPCA’s successful projects on the national forest include ones focused on high elevation mountain bogs—one of Georgia’s rarest natural communities.