The Forest Service reminds residents, visitors and campers that all types of fireworks are prohibited on Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.
Despite recent changes to Georgia's law regulating fireworks, the prohibition on National Forest System lands remains in place.
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on 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, and to check local weather forecasts and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests website for safety alerts.
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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the remainder of June (June 15-17, June 22-24, and June 29 – July 1), with more dates possible later in the summer depending on how operations progress. 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.
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.
Chattooga River Ranger District 706-754-6221
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.
Blue Ridge Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
The Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery on Forest Service Road 69 (Rock Creek Road) is closed to visitation due to a raceway construction project. The hatchery is getting 18 of its raceways completely overhauled. The concrete trucks will be starting to bring concrete the first of June, so express caution if traveling on Rock Creek Road.
For more information you can contact the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery at (706) 838-4723. You can also visit their facebook page for up to date information.
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.”