Lake Conasauga

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

view through gorgeouse fall foliage onto Lake Conasauga

This beautiful 19-acre spring-fed lake resting near Grassy Mountain is the highest lake in Georgia. Families will enjoy camping in this quiet, rustic setting which offers cool summertime temperatures.  Whether hiking to the Songbird Management area or to Grassy Mountain tower, fishing, or swimming, you will revel in this area rich in plants, birds and wildlife. Note:  cell service is limited due to remoteness.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Due to extreme drought conditions, the water system at Lake Conasauga is having trouble keeping up with water usage.  The water, restroom and 6 campsites in the upper loop are shut down.  Please be aware that if the toilets in the lower loop fail to flush due to lack of water, we will be forced to close Lake Conasauga Recreation Area earlier than planned.  In an emergency, there are vault toilets at the Overflow camping area.   Route change due to road landslide closures:  Access has recently improved --
    • From US Hwy 411: use FSR 630 (Mill Creek Road) to FSR 17 (West Cowpen Road). Vehicles hauling trailers or campers greater than 15 feet in length are discouraged from using this route beyond Hickey Gap Campground due to steep, winding and narrow roads.
    • From State Hwy 52: use Conasauga Road or Gates Chapel Road to FSR 68 (Potato Patch Road).  Conasauga Road is the recommended route for vehicles hauling trailers or campers greater than 15 feet in length.
More information and a map showing area road closures.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites is on a first come, first served basis.
Fees $10 a night per site.  
Open Season: Mid-April - October 31 (unless water system forces early closure)
Restrictions: Campsites are for 1 family or 5 adults.  Site must be occupied first night of stay.  Maximum two vehicles per campsite. 14 day limit.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Boats with electric motors only.   Only street-legal vehicles may be driven in the campground. Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Alcohol is prohibited in the entire Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: The nearest towns are Chatsworth, GA, approximately 24 miles to the southwest, and Ellijay, GA, roughly 22 miles to the southeast.  Chatsworth and Ellijay both offer numerous restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations.
Water: Drinking water available at hydrants located throughout the campground.
Restroom: Flush toilets centrally located.
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted.  These passes entitle the holder to a 50% discount on camping fees. Click here for detailed information on passes!
Information Center: Please contact the Conasauga Ranger District office at 706-695-6736.

General Information


Route change due to landslide closures:  no access from Eton, GA.  Instead take U.S. 411 north from Chatsworth to Crandall, GA. Turn right (east) on Grassy Street, cross the railroad tracks and turn right again.  Turn left onto Mill Creek Road, FS 630.  Follow to the end and turn right onto West Cowpen Road, FS 17 to the top of the mountain.  Follow FS 68 to Lake Conasauga.  From Georgia State Highway 52, use Conasauga Road or Gates Chapel Road to access FS 68.  Conasauga Road is the recommended route for vehicles hauling trailers or campers greater than 15 feet in length

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

A developed campground situated near Lake Conasauga.

  • 31 campsites in two graveled loops with parking for two vehicles
  • 2 restrooms with sinks and flush toilets
  • Used as a stop-over for Cohutta Wilderness adventures
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern posts, etc). No showers, electricity or hook-ups.


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