While offices may not be open to visitors at this time, services are being provided virtually and staff are available to assist during business hours. Please visit the Recreation Condition Report to learn status for developed recreation sites: www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation

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. Learn more about the Forest Service, Who We Are, what we do to manage resources on the national forest, and common Frequently Asked Questions.


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Autumn Awareness in the National Forest

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

Crisp, clear days in the woodlands make this a popular time to hit the trails of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

But if you’re hiking, biking or riding the trails this season, please remember a few key things that will help keep you safe.

Foothills Landscape Project - Environmental Assessment

View from Chestatee Overlook

The Foothills Landscape project proposes to restore healthy forest habitat and cleaner watersheds across 157,625 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Find out all the details and learn how to stay involved.

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History of the Foothills Landscape

Ranger Roscoe Nicholson

The modern landscape of the Southern Appalachian Mountains is the end product of thousands of years of human use of the region.

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.


Road closures on the national forest


For the convenience of visitors, a new interactive map is available to help understand temporary road closures.

Outdoor Tips for Visitors

Outdoor tips for Visitors

Preparedness is the key to having a good and safe time outdoors. Before you head out on your next forest adventure, be sure to prepare for any surprises or challenges.

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