DeSoto Falls Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

tent nestled in forest at DeSoto Campground

The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located off Highway 129 just inside the National Forest boundary.  The campground is a scenic spot with easy access for either a weekend of camping or a quick hike to the falls.  There are two waterfalls which can be easily viewed along the DeSoto Falls trails. Trout fishing is popular along Frogtown Creek which flows adjacent to the campground. A mature forest provides the perfect setting for a family recreation getaway.  

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day. Quiet hours 10pm – 6am.  
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Camping Summer Services 3/20/15 - 11/12/15
$12 per night/site
$24 Double Site (Site #14)

Camping Winter Services (no water) 11/13/14 - 3/19/15 and 11/13/15 - mid-March 2016
$6 per night/site
$12 Double Site (Site #14)

Day Use
$3 vehicle/day
Open Season: Yearlong
  • 14 day stay limit.
  • Maximum 2 vehicles per campsite
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 10 miles, or 15 minutes, in Cleveland, GA.  Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground
Restroom: One flush facility with warm water shower and 4 chemical flush facilities
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 and some day use fees.  Click here for detailed information on passes!

The Chattahoochee-Oconee Forest Annual Pass for $25 is available at Forest Service offices in Gainesville, Blairsville, Chatsworth, Lakemont, and Eatonton, Georgia. This pass will allow you to enjoy selected recreation opportunities on the Chattahoochee and the Oconee NF, without having to pay daily fees at each site. The Forest Annual Pass will be good for one year from the month of purchase. Those who have a Golden Age, Golden Access, Interagency Senior or Interagency Access Pass will receive a 50% discount off of the Forest Annual Pass. The Forest Annual Pass is not valid at concession sites.
Information Center: Please contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District office at 706-745-6928.  

General Information


From Blairsville, GA take U.S. Highway 19/129 south for 17.0 miles to campground entrance on right.

From Dahlonega, GA take Highway 19 north for 18.0 miles to campground entrance on left.

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Campground Camping

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. Several campsites are located along Frogtown Creek. 

  • 24 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (upper and lower). 
  • Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground.
  • The lower camping loop has a warm water outdoor shower complex connected to a flush facility. 
  • The upper camping loop has four chemical flush facilities.
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)


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