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.

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Highlighted Areas

Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center

Beautiful Brasstown Bald, rising 4,784 feet above sea level, is Georgia's highest mountain. As such, this is the first place to see fall color. On clear days, the spectacular 360-degree view from atop the mountain allows you to see four states, including Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The surrounding area is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The Visitor Information Center, located on the summit of the Bald, offers exhibits, video presentations and interpretive programs.



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Track Rock Gap Petroglyph Site

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.

Scull Shoals Historic Site

The Scull Shoals Historic Site is just that, historic. From the native Americans who lived here for at least 10,000 years to the time Hernando de Soto's troops came to the area in 1540 to Georgia's first paper mill in 1811, a lot of history has taken place here. Today, a few ruins of the old Scull Shoals Village remain as witness to a time gone by.  This is great place to appreciate the history of the area, have a picnic, and take a walk on one of the trails in the area. This site is on the banks of the Oconee River.

Watch the video of the 2011 Passport in Time project, "Passport in Time Volunteers Unlock the Past of Scull Shoals."

Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Stretching over 14 states and crossing more than 60 federal, state, and local parks and forests, this National Scenic Trail reaches its terminus at our forest's very own Springer Mountain. The 76.4 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. A microcosm of the North Georgia Mountains, the Appalachian Trail inspires courage and endurance and promises to plant the seed of adventure in the heart of all it's visitors.

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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Download your map of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia from the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

Get more maps and GIS data from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

If you're looking for information to help you plan a long distance hike, here's a good overview from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area

Home of twin waterfalls, Anna Ruby Falls is one of the most popular destination interpretive sites in Georgia. Get into the outdoors and learn about the watershed that feeds the waterfalls and enjoy the visitor information center, the interpretive signs at the center and along the trail. This is a great site for photographers, whether you're into nature photography or taking pictures of friends and family at the waterfalls, on the trails, or having a picnic.

Tallulah River Campground

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. 

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