Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A great place for swimming and fun, fondly referred to as

Although the winding road leading to the campground is not RV friendly, the payoff of landing a night in this environment is pure delight. These developed campgrounds are buried deep in the North Georgia Mountains west of Lake Burton and along the headwaters of Wildcat Creek. The creek, seasonally stocked with rainbow trout, runs directly adjacent to the campsites and provides for an astounding setting, so be prepared to capture nature at its best, and bring your camera. On clear nights the stars appear to be just an arm’s reach away!   
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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Wildcat Road provides access to popular recreational activities such as fishing and swimming in Wildcat Creek, camping, and access to the Appalachian Trail.   
Operational Hours:
24 hours a day, Quite hours are 10pm-7am
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Camping: $10/site/night.
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: The maximum stay is 21 days
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 28 miles, or 35 minutes, to Clarkesville, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is not provided at this site.
Restroom: chemical vault facility
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.
Operated By: Chattahoochee Management, INC. under permit by the US Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 or Chattahoochee Management Inc, at 706-490-1246.

General Information


 From Clayton, GA, take U.S. Rt. 76 west for 9.7 miles to State
Rt. 197.  Turn left onto Rt. 197 and go 5.1 miles to Wildcat Rd.
(Forest Rt. 26).  Turn right onto Wildcat Rd. and go 2.8 miles to

NOTE: Wildcat Rd. is gravel, steep (in places), single lane with
turnouts.  There are minimal potholes and washboards. 


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

There are 3 walk-in (tent camping) sites.

Campground Camping

Wildcat Road is a curvey, gravel one-lane road with turn-outs, not RV friendlyThe largest parking apron size is 9.5' X 49'

  • 16 camping sites
  • Graveled driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).


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