Area Status: Open
Beginning April 4, 2014, Loops 1-5 of the Locust Stake OHV Trail System will reopen when weather permits. All OHV trails on the national forest close during wet conditions when trail use can cause damage to trails and erosion into nearby streams. Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District for the latest information on trail availability due to frequent weather contingencies. 706-754-6221 ext 134
Severe erosion over time on sections of the Locust Stake OHV Trail System created serious safety concerns and damage to natural resources, resulting in the complete closure of the trail system in January 2012.
Routine trail maintenance and repairs have taken place on approximately 5 miles of the Locust Stake OHV Trail System to address safety and environmental concerns. At this time, Loops 6, 7 and 8, which are located on the eastern side of the trail system, will not reopen because these concerns cannot be resolved. These sections include the Trestle Loop, which will be blocked to riders by boulders and other deterrents, as needed.
In 2012, the Forest Service contracted a professional assessment that identified particular concerns and provided recommendations for Forest Service managers to consider. Managers gathered additional technical expertise and collaborated with interested stakeholders to help determine whether and how the Locust Stake trail system could be made sustainable.
Now the Chattooga River Ranger District is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the Locust Stake OHV Maintenance and Reconstruction Project. Through this process, the public has the opportunity to assist the Forest Service in better identifying concerns, issues and opportunities before final decisions are made. The first notice to stakeholders and the corresponding 30-day comment period began on February 26, 2014.
At a Glance
||8/8/2014 - Due to wet conditions, the Locust Stake OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety until further notice.
||04/04/2014 - 01/01/2015
||This recreation area is OPEN
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Chattooga River Ranger District's "Call Before You Haul" phone line at 706-754-6221 ext 134 for the latest closure and opening updates.
Chattooga River Ranger District
9975 Hwy 441 S. Lakemont, GA 30552