Boating season begins on December 1, 2015 and runs through April 30, 2016 on the Upper Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor. Paddling is only allowed on this highly technical section of the river on days after flows reach 350 cfs or greater at the USGS Burrells Ford Gage and only during daylight hours. Daylight hours will be 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset that same day.
Boaters starting or ending their trip in GA must use the designated put-in or takeout location at Burrells Ford Bridge. Boaters can pick up a free permit at the parking area at Burrells Ford Bridge on the Georgia side located along Burrells Ford Road. Visitors can access this road from Highway 28 from Warwoman Road in Clayton, GA or from Walhalla, SC. Paddling is not allowed on the Chattooga River upstream of Green Creek nor on the Upper Chattooga tributaries.
A portion of East Armuchee Trail (# 240) is closed to all traffic from the junction of the Loblolly Trail (# 241) to the junction with the Bridle Trail (# 244). The closure will remain in effect until December 1, 2015. Recent management activities have left portions of this trail section extremely soft and vulnerable to damage. Please help this area to recover and ensure the trail's long-term sustainability by adhering to the closure.
Road reconstruction and maintenance will be occurring on Forest Service road 310 beyond the gate, east of East Armuchee Creek. Pinhoti Trail users are urged to used caution on this portion of the trail beginning May 20 for approximately one month.
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Leatherwood Loop Trail is temporarily closed due to construction. Other trails in the Frady Branch Trail System are still open.
While the 14.5-mile Frady Branch Trail System is a popular place among horse back riders, the trails are also open to mountain bike riders and hikers. Four loops provide opportunities for different experiences on the trail system.. The parking area has separate sections for mountain bikers, hikers, and horse trailers.
Check current weather around the forest and view our webcams on Brasstown Bald. Get information about special alerts from the National Weather Service, fire, drought, and real-time surface water flows in Georgia.
View maps as introduced and subject to change entitled “Priority Land Adjustments, State of Georgia, U.S. Forest Service—Southern Region, Oconee and Chattahoochee National Forests, U.S. Congressional Districts—8, 9, 10 & 14” dated September 24, 2013, that are part of 114th Congress, H.R. 470 “Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015.”
Due to very heavy use and impacts in the vicinity of the area known as Beech Bottoms in the Cohutta Wilderness, changes to past camping practices were implemented in November of 2006. Get the whole story here.