The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This area is located off the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway. It was once a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp from 1938 until 1942. Some of these remains can still be seen in this area. If not reserved, the picnic shelter is available first come, first served. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or go to

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use.  Closed from sunset to sunrise.
Reservations: The Pocket shelter may be reserved for $35 + $10 reservation fee by visiting or by calling 1-877-444-6777 (toll free).  The booking window is no later than 72 hours, and not earlier than 12 months.
Fees Picnic Shelter: $35/day + $10 to reserve. If not reserved, the shelter is available free of charge on a first-come/first served basis.   The $5 parking fee is still applicable even if the shelter is reserved.
Open Season: Open year-round
Restrictions: Accomodates up to 75 people.  Drinking water is available across the parking lot in the main picnic area. Alcohol is prohibited in the entire Pocket Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: The closest town is Dalton, GA, about 25 minutes east.  Dalton has numerous grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations available.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault

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