Special Places

These are some of the special places you can find in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. Some are well developed and well known facilities. Some are little known jewels tucked away in the back country.

Highlighted Areas

Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center

Take in 360-degree views atop the 4,784 feet Brasstown Bald. Enjoy the view from Georgia's tallest mountain with live, streaming webcams no matter where you are.

Track Rock Gap Petroglyph Site

Visit this special site where the people of long ago carved their stories into the boulders of Track Rock.

Scull Shoals Historic Site

Explore over 10,000 years of history from early Native Americans to DeSoto (1540s) to Georgia's first paper mill in 1811. Take a gentle hike along the historic ruins of the old Scull Shoals Village on the banks of the Oconee River.

Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Stretching across 14 states, more than 76 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) are in Georgia. This stretch of the AT offers views of some of the state's most diverse and stunning ecosystems as it winds northward through the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area and passes through five federally designated wilderness areas. 

Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay

The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters, as well as one campsite and two overnight sites within the southern region.  Overnight stays at all of the southern region Appalachian Trail shelters, Davis Path Overnight Site, Davis Farm Overnight Site, and Wayah Bald Shelter Camp are now limited to three days within a 30-day period. 

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Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area

Visit twin waterfalls plunging more than 150 feet (tallest) on the paved trail from the visitor information center.

Tallulah River Campground

At an elevation of 2,080 ft., on the banks of the Tallulah River, this campground is a favorite. 

Dyar Pasture Recreation Area

This 60-acre freshwater wetland was originally a cooperative project with the U.S. Forest Service, Georgia DNR, Georgia Power and Ducks Unlimited. Dyar Pasture is a bird sanctuary and a birders paradise.  Outfitted with a dike and water control system to control water levels, the management of this area enables a healthy and sustainable waterfowl habitat necessary for the continued survival of this wetland ecosystem. The area has picnicking and fishing opportunities, a boat launch with access to the Oconee River and Lake Oconee and a short hiking trail, making Dyar Pasture a fantastic place for a day of birding and appreciating a wetland habitat. 
Photos of the area...

Download the Dyar Pasture Brochure. Includes a site map and a plant and animal check list along with other cool information.