Recreation

Photo of a family picnic with a curious boy asking Mom about the flower he found.

If you're into the great outdoors, you've come to the right place. The Chattahoochee and the Oconee National Forests are great places to have fun and adventure doing the things you love to do such as: hunting and fishing; hiking, biking, and horseback riding; swimming, canoeing, and kayaking; nature study, photography, and viewing great scenery. More >>>

2013 Recreation Program Fee Accomplishment Report - This 2-page report highlights recreation facilitiy improvements that were accomplished with the support of fees collected at the recreation areas across the forest, special use permits, and passes.

Frequently Asked Questions - We get calls everyday asking about most of the outdoor activites available in our national forests. To help everybody out, we've put together a list of the most common questions with the answers. Please take a look here before you pick up the phone. You'll probably find the answer to your question.

Wilderness - Yes, we have wilderness in Georgia! Click here to read more about Wildernesses of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

Be Safe - The Chattahoochee-Oconee NF offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From fly fishing on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River to backpacking on the Appalachain Trail, there are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to this national forest. Please keep in mind that all outdoor recreational activities on the Chattahoochee-Oconee NF, including activities at recreation sites, have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. We strongly encourage you to visit our regional Outdoor Safety in the South website before planning your trip. This site provides valuable information on weather safety, wildlife safety and much more. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beasley Knob OHV Trails Closed to Visitor CLOSED

NOTICE: Beginning August 8, 2014, the Beasley Knob OHV Trail System will be closed for trail construction and maintenance. The Beasley Knob Trail System will be closed through the end of 2014 and into the normal closure period of January 1, 2015 until March 15, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to make this trail system more sustainable and more enjoyable for the public. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Valencia Morris at (706) 745-6928.

Boggs Creek Recreation Area Open to Visitor The timber salvage operation has been completed, and the area is open for day-use.  Beginning September 14, 2012, the area will be open from sunrise to sunset every day of the week, but remains closed to all camping.
Cottonwood Patch Campground Open to Visitor  Limited Services (no water) each year January through mid-March and November through December.
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open
Frady Branch Equestrian and Bike Trail System Open to Visitor
Houston Valley OHV Trails Open to Visitor
Houston Valley will observe temporary closures of 1-3 days after significant rain events.
Lake Conasauga Open to Visitor Portions of FS road 68 will be undergoing reconstruction beginning September 15 through October 1. The closure will include the area between Holly Creek Gap all the way to the intersection with FS road 17. Travelers will be affected Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The road section will be open evenings and weekends, but forest visitors are urged to use caution and good judgement travelling this route while it is under construction. Alternative access to Lake Conasauga is available via Mill Creek Road (FS 630) and FS 17.
Lake Russell Recreation Area Open to Visitor Lake Russell Recreation Area is open.
Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Open to Visitor Lake Sinclair Recreation Area is Open.
Locust Stake OHV Trail System Open to Visitor 8/8/2014 - Due to wet conditions, the Locust Stake OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety until further notice.
Morganton Point Campground Open to Visitor
Nancytown Group Campground Open to Visitor Closed for the Winter Season
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Open to Visitor 8/8/2014 - Due to wet conditions, the Oakey Mountain OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety until further notice.
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open
Rock Creek ORV Trail Open to Visitor
Rocky Flats OHV Trail Closed to Visitor Due to a washout over a culvert, Rocky Flats trail is closed indefinitely.
Tatum Lead ORV Trail Open to Visitor
The Pocket Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Town Creek OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Closed to Visitor This trail system is temporarily closed due to down trees from the recent thunderstorm and EF 1 tornado that touched down in Murray and Gilmer Counties.

Spotlights

Track Rock Gap Petroglyph Site

Photo 2 of the Track Rock Site after the 2010 Renovation

Tucked away in the gap between Thunderstruck Mountain and Buzzard Roost Ridge, history is written in stone. Visit this special site where the people of long ago carved the stories and feelings into the boulders of Track Rock.
Take this handy fact sheet with you.

Please visit the Track Rock section of our website for complete details about who created the stone carvings, when, and why. Find out what they mean.

See photos taken before and after the 2010 site renovation.

Tallulah River Campground

Happy Campers Around Fire

At an elevation of 2,080 ft.,  in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia, visitors will find this campground complete with restrooms, picnic tables, grilles, camping pads and more. Positioned on the bank of the popular Tallulah River, this campground offers superb scenery and ambiance, earning it a “favorite” rating by locals. Whether looking for a place to relax and roast marshmallows with Fido and the family, or go exploring on one of the numerous adjacent hiking trails with a pal, rafting, paddling or planning on visiting neighboring sites like Moccasin Creek State Park, this campground has something for everyone. 

Don't miss the 2014 Tallulah River Fishing Rodeo. Catch all the details and the early registration form here.

See photos of campground and check out some photos of the 2011 Fishing Rodeo.

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