Upper Chattahoochee River Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Horse Trough Falls is only a short walk from the main campground


Group Campsite no longer available - day use only.

The drive up through the winding misty roads of North Georgia leading to this 34-site, developed campground is almost as breath-taking as the site itself. Although the drive leaves one feeling as if civilization has been left far, far behind, the ever popular and beloved alpine village of Helen, Georgia is less than a half hour away. Camping here, visitors can enjoy the pleasure of Georgia’s number one vacation spot with shopping, dining, and entertainment in the city of Helen and recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, and fishing in the campground. Visitors should keep an eye out for the interpretive information available on the Chattahoochee River Watershed and how the river affects water usage for Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, posted upon entering the campground area.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Upper Chattahoochee River Campground is temporarily closed until the road is repaired and tornado damage to campground has been repaired.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Camping: $12/site/night
Permit Info:
Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing
Restrictions: The maximum stay is 14 day.   Group Campsite : NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  Day use only.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 15 miles, or 25 minutes to Helen, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is provided from two, centralized hand pump.
Restroom: 1 Chemical flush vault facility
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center:   Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221

General Information


Physcial Address: 48 Forest Service Rd. 44, Helen, GA

Take Georgia 75 north from Helen for approx. 8 miles. Just beyond mile marker 15 turn left onto the graveled Chattahoochee River Road and follow for 5 miles.

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