Willis Knob Horse Camp


Area Status: Open

Located in the North 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.
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.
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:

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

Activities

RV Camping

Willis Knob Horse Camp is intended for horse riding recreationists.

No dump station, but does have electric and water hook-ups.

  • Single Site Camping: $20/night w/ electric and water hook-ups
     
  • Double Site Camping: $30/night for 2 sites W/electric and water hook-up

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

Single sites 3, 6 - 9. 

  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).
  • Each loop has 6" × 6" posts with eyebolt on which to secure high lines. You will need to bring 35' of rope to span the distance between posts.
  • Hand pump. There is a watering trough for horses but you may want to bring your own water.
  • Gravel parking spur
  • Chemical flush facility

Double site (4&5) (1-2)

  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).
  • Each loop has 6" × 6" posts with eyebolt on which to secure high lines. You will need to bring 35' of rope to span the distance between posts.
  • Hand pump. There is a watering trough for horses but you may want to bring your own water.
  • Gravel parking spur
  • Chemical flush facility

 

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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

OHV Trail Maps

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.900373

  Longitude : 
-83.223668