Willis Knob Horse Camp

Area Status: Open

Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, and far from civilization, lies one of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest’s most beloved horse-lover hideaways: Willis Knob Horse Camp.  The campground features camping for horseback riders, riding and hiking trails, and fishing in the nearby Chattooga River. Restrooms are accessible to people with disabilities. The Willis Knob Trail in Georgia combines with South Carolina's Whetstone Horse Trail to offer 27.5 miles of the most scenic horseback riding and hiking in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Winding across deeply dissected ridges, the trails descend into the beautiful Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year-round, requires reservations to camp.
Operational Hours: Open year-round. Quite hours are 10pm-6am
Reservations: Reservations are required thru www.recreation.gov
Fees: Single Site Camping: $20/night w/ electric and water hook-ups

Double Site Camping: $30/night for 2 sites W/electic and water hook-ups

Permit Info: State of Georgia fishing and trout stamp stamp required for fishing.
Open Season: Open Year-Round
Restrictions: The maximum stay is 14 days. After the camper(s) has accumulated 14 days within any 30-day time period, the camper(s) must leave that area/campground and move from Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest land for 30 days before returning for another stay. No dumping of gray or black water, please take it to the nearest State park or other facilities for that purpose. Sorry there are none in the immediate area.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 15 miles, or 30 minutes, to Clayton, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets at the sites.
Restroom: 1 Chemical flush toilet
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 at a single site only. Sorry no discounts for group sites.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 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


Directions: From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 11.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 157, camping area is about 2 miles on the left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Willis Knob Horse Trail - This 15 mile horse trail is sometimes used for hiking. Located about 0.25 miles from Warwoman Road on left.

Ther are two neighboring trails that are designated "hiking only" :

  • Chattooga River Trail  (10.7 miles) 
  • Bartram Trail (37 miles) 

Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Willis Knob Trail is designed as one large 15 mile continuous loop. Each trail crosses several gravel roads, allowing you to plan trips from one half mile to the full 27.5 miles.
Water Availability Watering trough