Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A great place for swimming and fun, fondly referred to as

Following extensive work to repair road damage, the Chattooga River Ranger District reopened Wildcat Road, FS Road 26-1. The road has been cleared of the landslides. Both Wildcat campgrounds 1 & 2 have all amenities available. Camping fees are $10.00 per night, per site.

Although the winding road leading to the campground is not RV friendly, the payoff of landing a night in this environment is pure delight. These developed 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 for 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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Photo 2

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 Road provides access to popular recreational activities such as fishing and swimming in Wildcat Creek, camping, and access to the Appalachian Trail.  
Operational Hours: Year round
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Camping: $10/site/night.
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: The maximum stay is 14 days
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 28 miles, or 35 minutes, to Clarkesville, GA. Here campers will find 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.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221

General Information


Physical Address: 2726 West Wildcat Rd., Clarkesville, 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 Wildcat Rd.
(Forest Rt. 26).  Turn right onto 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. 


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