Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
A great place for swimming and fun, fondly referred to as

CLOSED TO MOTORIZED VEHICLE DUE TO ROAD HAZARDS. No safe access by vehicle to the campgrounds.

***Travel by foot is welcome***

Wildcat 1 Campground is closed, no camping, no trash.

Wildcat Road has sustained 4 slides in recent years (with the first slide happening in 2019). Due to the risk of additional slides, the road has been closed in the interest of public safety. Funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief on Federally Owned Roads program has been submitted for all 4 slides. Since then, slide 1 has been repaired with slides 2-4 remaining.

It is our goal to have these slides repaired and the road reopened. We appreciate your patience as we work to restore Wildcat Road.

Please see photographs of the landslides and recent repairs to slide 1: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAQDh5

***end of update***

Although the winding road leading to the campground is not trailer or RV-friendly, the payoff of landing a night in this environment is pure delight. These developed tent camping-only campgrounds are buried deep in the North Georgia Mountains west of Lake Burton and along the headwaters of Wildcat Creek. The creek, seasonally stocked with rainbow trout, runs directly adjacent to the campsites and provides an astounding setting, so be prepared to capture nature at its best, and bring your camera. On clear nights the stars appear to be just an arm’s reach away!   
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A great place for swimming and fun, fondly referred to as "Sliding Rock" Fall at a camp site in the Wildcat Campgrounds Waterfall in the area of Wildcat Campgrounds

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Wildcat 1 campground is closed due to road damage.
Operational Hours: Closed until further road repairs can be made.
Reservations: Closed at this time. No camping.
Fees: Camping: $10/site/night. $5/site/night with Senior or Access Pass, must have actual pass with the pass number to place on envelopes with the $5 cash or check for the discount. Please make all checks payable to USDA Forest Service.
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
Restrictions: No camping, no fires, and no trash pickup until campground can reopen after road repairs completed.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 18 miles or 25 minutes to Clayton, GA, or 35 miles or 45 minutes, to Clarkesville, GA. Both offer campers  restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is not provided at this site.
Restroom: chemical 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, no free caming.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 or sm.fs.crrd@usda.gov. The onloading or offloading of any Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) to include ATV, UTV, or Golf Carts is not allowed. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 pm to 06:00 am. Checkout time is no later than 1:00 pm and check-in time is 2:00 pm.

General Information


Physical Address: 2726 West Wildcat Rd., Clayton, GA


From Clayton, GA, take U.S. Rt. 76 west for 9.7 miles to State
Rt. 197.  Turn left onto Rt. 197 and go 5.1 miles to West Wildcat Rd.
(Forest Rt. 26).  Turn right onto West Wildcat Rd. and go 2.8 miles to

NOTE: Wildcat Rd. is gravel, steep (in places), single lane with
turnouts.  There are minimal potholes and washboards. 


Campground Camping

Wildcat Road is a curvey, gravel one-lane road with turn-outs, not RV or trailer friendlyThe largest parking apron size is 9.5' X 49'

  • 16 camping sites
  • Graveled driving loop thru recreation area
  • Restroom facility
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).

River and Stream Fishing

Wild Creek is stocked seasonally with rainbow trout.

Click here for GA DNR fishing regulations and information!