The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is located in central Georgia and northern Georgia.
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Celebrating 80 Years! ~1936-2016~

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


"Thinking Like a Landscape"

View from Chestatee Overlook

Aldo Leopold asked us all to "think like a mountain," recognizing the interconnectedness of natural systems. In this vein, we are reaching out to you help us “think like a landscape,” where together we can view the forest holistically, realizing ways to encompass multiple objectives and perspectives within the same landscape.

The best way to enjoy a waterfall? From a safe distance.

Upper Falls, Chattahoochee River, Mark Trail Wilderness

Waterfalls are exciting and rivers are a great place to cool off on a hot day, but both pose risks to unprepared visitors. We hope this information helps to make you aware of the hazards so you can enjoy a safe and fun visit to your National Forests in Georgia.

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Wilderness Rangers Pay It Forward

SAWS Rangers - Casey and James

The next time you visit the Chattahoochee National Forest, you might be fortunate enough to run into Casey and James -- our SAWS Rangers who are dedicated to wilderness stewardship.

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.


New archeology work at 17th century American Indian site

Clay sherd, probably from a tobacco pipe, found during excavations on March 9, 2015.

Around the year A.D. 1600, a house burned at a family farmstead in a remote valley in Northeast Georgia. 

Community collaborates to help prevent pine beetle outbreaks

Southern pine beetle impact

More work is needed to stave off the southern pine beetle, one of the most destructive insect pests of pines – so the agency has turned to forest stakeholders for ideas.

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