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


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.

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Recent News


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with Us

A view over the broad landscape of the Raven Cliffs Wilderness in early spring.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. Since that time, much has been accomplished to protect our wilderness and benefit from all its values. Join us in celebrating this great natural resource.

Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance Receives National Award

Forest Service staff and Southeastern Technical College students team up to restore Keener Bog.

Almost 20 years ago, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests joined with partners across the state to create a groundbreaking network for statewide plant conservation projects.  Today the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA) includes 31 gardens, organizations, universities, and agencies working together on more than 70 rare and endangered plant species throughout Georgia. GPCA’s successful projects on the national forest include ones focused on high elevation mountain bogs—one of Georgia’s rarest natural communities.

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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".


Information on Legislation Regarding Camp Frank D. Merrill Land Transfer

Thumbnail of map of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill is a military facility used by the U.S. Army for training purposes. Learn more about this cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the Army.

Are You Picking Up Hitch Hikers You Don't Even Know About?

Photo of the Sirex Wood Wasp on a pine needle

When you travel from one area to another, it's possible you may have picked up insects or other diseases without knowing it. Learn about this important issue.

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