The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is located in central Georgia and northern Georgia.
Where is this Forest?


Forest Service Offices Will Close for Christmas Holiday

Our offices will be closed Wednesday, December 24th at 12pm through Sunday, December 28, 2014 for Christmas. We hope you will have a joyful and peaceful holiday with family and friends.

Regular office hours will resume Monday, December 28th.


The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.



Be a Volunteer Archaeologist…For real!

Volunteers help dig and measure an excavation for the Forest Service.

If you’ve ever wanted to play Indiana Jones, here’s your opportunity to take your first step in that direction. Apply for a chance to help excavate a prehistoric site in Georgia.

Awareness in Autumn!

A child sports a blaze orange hat for safe hiking in autumn woods

Fall is a fantastic time to be outdoors. The cooler days and beautiful foliage can make for some really memorable outdoor activities. But make sure you are safe out there! Wear bright colors and check out this other important information before you begin your autumn adventures.

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Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project Yields Tangible Results

Two smiling old hunters wearing orange vests and hats with shotguns, their dog, and a ruffed grouse.

Investing in wildlife habitat improvement not only benefits the wildlife, it also improves our quality of life and can stimulate the local outdoor sporting industry. Win, win, win.

Conservation Partners Save Georgia Aster from Endangered Status

Purple Georgia aster flower in the foreground and some in the backgroun

The wide-spread but rare Georgia aster was headed for the endangered species list. Find out how the effective work of several groups have lead to a good recovery. 


Ginseng Harvesting on the Chattahoochee National Forest

Ginseng plant

With the increasing demand for Ginseng from around the world threatening the domestic supply of this local plant, the Forest Service is managing the harvest and enforcing the laws.

Gun Laws: Just the facts

Recent changes to gun laws have led to confusion about where guns are allowed. See our "Guide to Firearms Use."

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