About the Area

Fall color as seen from Popcorn Overlook west of Clayton, GA on Highway 76

The Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests cover a wide range of geography, geology, ecology, climate and weather, and recreational opportunities.

From the rolling hills of the Piedmont to the mountains of the southern Appalachian mountains, there are all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy. You'll find everything you need to know about outdoor recreation, current conditions, fees, passes, facilities and amenities in the national forests in the Recreation section of this website. The National Weather Service has a great summary of the climate and the weather you can expect throughout the year in the northern half of Georgia. Get the details.

The cities and towns of this area range from the smallest of villages in rural areas to large metropolitan centers such as Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. In the fall during the fall color season, many communities have festivals to celebrate the changing of the seasons. This is a great time to visit especially to escape warmer climes for a short break from the heat.