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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"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.

Every Kid in a Park

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Fourth graders and their families can now visit 14 awesome recreation sites across the Forests free of charge. Print your pass today and let the adventure begin!

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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.


Wildlife Benefit from Spring Prescribed Fires

Growing season prescribed fire

Carefully planned and controlled prescribed fire during the spring growing season can provide ideal habitat conditions for wild turkey and other wildlife.

Partners create new model for heavily used Appalachian Trail

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club volunteers build the base of a new moldering privy on Hawk Mountain.

A beloved trail suffering from heavy, concentrated use. A solution leveraging strengths, partnerships and new ideas.

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