The Forest Service reminds residents, visitors and campers that fireworks are prohibited on Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.
Despite changes to Georgia's law regulating fireworks last year, the prohibition on national forest lands remains in place. The possession or discharge of all types of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices is prohibited on all national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them.
Blue Ridge Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
Temporary Closure of Lake Winfield Scott Swimming Area and Boat Ramp – Due to damage to the water control structure at Lake Winfield Scott water levels are down approximately 6 feet from full pool. As a result the swimming area and boat ramp are temporarily closed in the interest of public safety until necessary repairs can be made. The Day Use Area and beach are still open for public use, however, swimming is prohibited during this time.
Conasauga Ranger District, Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area, Barnes Creek Picnic Area, Bear Creek Trail, Cohutta Overlook, Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads, Hickey Gap Campground, Jacks River Fields Campground, John's Mountain Overlook, Lake Conasauga, Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground, Lake Conasauga Picnic and Swim Site, Mill Creek Overlook, Peeples Lake, Rock Creek ORV Trail, The Pocket Recreation Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Family Picnic Area, The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter
Date(s): Dec 26, 2015
Major storms significantly damaged several roads on the Conasauga Ranger District this past December with numerous landslides and sinkholes along roadways. These roads will continue to be temporarily closed beyond March 4 when most seasonally closed roads would have normally reopened.
USFS crews have been working hard to remove fallen trees, clear out and replace culverts, and grade and add gravel so that some roads could reopen — making them safe for travellers and minimizing further resource damage. The cost to repair the road damage is estimated at nearly $5 million. USFS is working with FHWA to secure funding.
Logging operations will take place on segments of the Dry Creek Trail System and Pinhoti Trail Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks. Affected trails include Wheat #239 (west segment of the loop north of Wheat Connector #239A) and the Pinhoti Trail north of Forest Service Road 270.
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.”