Oakey Mountain OHV Trails

Area Status: Open
guys getting ready to go for a ride

The thrill of driving off road vehicles over mountainous terrain and trail systems, equals the Oakey Mountain OHV recreation area. This site near Lake Burton and Lake Rabun offers two-way trails that are open to OHV's with less than a 48-inch axle width, and offers terrain from intermediate to rocky and steep. All OHV trails on the national forest close during wet conditions when trail use can cause damage to trails and erosion into nearby streams.  Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District for the latest information on trail availability due to frequent weather contingencies. 706-754-6221 ext. 105 or check the website www.fs.usda.gov/conf  . .

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the 2022 season.
Operational Hours:

Opened for the 2022 season. Reminder hours of opearation are from Sunrise to Sunset. No entry allowed after sunset.

Reservations: Reservations are not required.  

1-Day Permit: $5/operator/day (Pay at site) Cash or Check only. All Checks made out to: USDA Forest Service

OHV Annual Pass: $50/operator/year (Obtain at any Forest Service Office.

Brand New as of 03/30/2021:  Now for sale Digital Passes through Recreation.gov for purchase and print to put on your dash for proof of fee payment. Or if you have the recreation.gov app on your smart device you can pay using the qrcode located at the kiosk at the site or in front of the District Office in Lakemont.

Permit Info: OHV: 1-Day Permit OR $5/operator/day at office or at recreation.gov you can purchase a digital pass to print and place on the dash of the tow vehicle for each rider. Also available an annual pass $50 per rider per year
Open Season: March 15, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Restrictions: The consumption of alcohol while operating any type of vehicle is strictly prohibited according to State and Federal law. No riding at night, no riding from Sunset to Sunrise, no exceptions. Oakey is the only trail where ebikes can be ridden. Only other place for ebikes to ride on the Chattahoochee-Oconee NF is on Forest Service roads or the other districts OHV trails.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 24 miles, or 30 minutes, in Clayton, GA.  Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: None
Passes: OHV Annual Pass: $50/operator/year Now for sale through Recreation.gov Digital Passes for Day Use or Annual for Sale. Purchase and print for each rider on the dash of the tow vehicle for proof of fee payment.
Information Center: Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Chattooga River Ranger District's "Call Before You Haul" phone line at 706-754-6221 for the latest closure and opening updates.
Chattooga River Ranger District
9975 Hwy 441 S., Lakemont, GA 30552

General Information


From Clayton, GA take US-76 west for 7.0 miles.

Turn left onto Charlie Mtn. Rd. and go 3.6 miles.

Turn right onto Bridge Creek Rd. and go 2.0 miles.

Turn right onto Burton Dam Rd. and go 1.6 miles.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 161 and arrive at Oakey Mountain OVH trailhead and campground.

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OHV Trail Riding

A steep (up to 35% grade) and rocky two-way trail with many blind curves - Oakey Mountain OHV trail connects to the Moates Knob trail (southern end of Oakey), making for 9.2 exciting miles of OHV trails! Visitors will also enjoy direct access from the parking lot to the Oakey Mountain OHV trailhead .  

Suitable for:

  • Three-wheelers
  • Trail bikes
  • ATV's with less than 48" axle width



Class of Vehicle ATV, Motorcycle
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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