Rainbow Gathering Information for the Chattahoochee National Forest

FSR83 and FSR77 road closure mapThe Rainbow Family of Living Light has chosen to hold their 2018 Annual Rainbow Gathering on the Chattahoochee National Forest on the Blue Ridge Ranger District. The unauthorized gathering site is located near Bull Mountain off of Forest Service Road 28-1 in the community of Nimblewill about 15 minutes from Dahlonega, Georgia.

The unauthorized gathering could draw anywhere from 2,000 -- 10,000 people. Officials expect the attendance to peak the week of July 4. Any event of this size can have significant impacts on local communities, natural resources, traffic, and visitors. Please continue to visit this site for regular updates.  



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Key FAQ: Will the area be open to the public?

Yes. We understand there may be impacts to our community, our neighbors and other forest visitors, and the Forest Service will work hard to minimize any effects to our local communities and the environment. All national forest visitors are expected to obey federal, state and local laws and regulations, and we take the enforcement of those laws very seriously.

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Outdoor Safety & Ethics

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Directions to Bull Mountain Trailhead

From Dahlonega, GA, go west on State Rd 52 for approximately 8 miles.  Turn right onto Nimblewill Church Rd and proceed straight for approximately 2.5 miles.  Turn right onto Forest Development Rd 28-1.  Turn left onto Forest Development Road 83 and proceed straight for approximately 1 mile. The trailhead is located at the end of the road. Look for signs and directions posted.

The Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System provides approximately 36 miles of recreational trails for equestrians, bicyclists and hikers.  The Jake Mountain Trail System and Bull Mountain Trail System connect to form a complex system of scenic trails within a four square mile area of the Chattahoochee National Forest's Blue Ridge Ranger District.  This area is located in western Lumpkin County, less than ten minutes from downtown Dahlonega.  The system is made up of interconnecting dirt trails and gravel roads which are accessed by two trailheads.


Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System Map

Map of Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System






Trail App

Interactive maps and trail profiles for hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking, OHV and equestrian trails. (Note: Separate apps that are smaller in size are available by Ranger District, listed under App developer International Mapping.)


U.S. Forest Service - Law Enforcement and Investigations                                                                        

Just the Facts! Law enforcement on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations














Bookmark these links! http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/conf/RainbowFamily or bit.ly/2018Rainbows

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Last revised: June 19, 2018 12:32