Due to erosion and trail damage concerns, all OHV areas on the Forests are also closed at this time.
A flash flood advisory has been issued across the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests due to predicted significant rainfall from Hurricane Joaquin. Heavy rain has been forecasted by the National Weather Service for multiple Georgia counties with Forest lands including White, Union, Towns, Lumpkin, Gilmer, Fannin, Oconee and Greene. Counties including Rabun, Habersham and Stephens may see up to 10 inches of rain. Forest visitors are advised to avoid low-lying roads and areas such as Panther Creek Recreation Area and campgrounds including Upper Chattahoochee River, Tate, Sandy Bottoms, Tallulah River, Wildcat Creek, Sarah’s Creek, West Fork, and Cooper’s Creek.
Contractors with heavy equipment will start a project to decommission the last 1.6 miles of FSR 796 (McClure Creek Road) from the creek crossing to the end of the road. Work will begin September 21, 2015. Contractors will also be performing heavy maintenance on FSR 796 from the Forest boundary to the creek crossing. For more information, contact the Conasauga Ranger District at (706) 695-6736.
Forest Service road 259 is temporarily closed on weekdays past the junction with FS 259A. The road will open each Friday evening through Sunday evening. The temporary closure is expected to last approximately 3 weeks.
To provide for public safety, temporary road closures will occur along Swinging Bridge Road (Forest Service Road 816) in Fannin County beginning June 15, 2015, in relation to a forest health thinning project. Operations are estimated to last 3-4 months within this 100 acre project area.
Swinging Bridge Road will be temporarily closed from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1-2 and also Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8-9. Swinging Bridge Road will remain open during all other times, however forest visitors are urged to use caution. Nearby recreation areas including the Benton MacKaye Trail and the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River remain open for use.
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.
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.