Ocmulgee Bluff Horse Bike and Hike Trail System

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Ocmulgee Bluff Trail System is the jumping off point for the Ocmulgee River Horse, Bike and Hiking Trail. This area has parking for a large number of vehicles and horse trailers and can accomodate large groups of riders. The trail generally follows the Ocmulgee River, but does move away from the river on some recently added loops. This trail is the compilation of several smaller trails to comprise nearly 30 miles of riding, biking and hiking adventure and pleasure.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The trail head at Ocmulgee Bluff Day Use and the parking area is open.
Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Reservations: None Required
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $ 5.00 per day/per vehicle
Permit Info: A special use permit is required for guide led tours. Contact the Oconee Ranger District at 706-485-7110
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Overnight camping is not allowed at this recreation area. OHV's are not allowed.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 10 miles, or 15 minutes, northeast in Monticello, GA.  Here riders will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault/ Men's and Women's
Passes: The Chattahoochee-Oconee Annual Forest pass is accepted here. This pass can be purchased at any Ranger District office for $25.00. Click here for detailed information on passes!
Information Center: Please call the Oconee Ranger District at 706-485-7110

General Information


From I-75 exit 187 in Forsyth GA, take GA 83 northeast towards Monticello GA for approximately 15 miles to the intersection of Smith Mill Rd. Turn left onto Smith Mill Rd. and travel approximately 3 miles on a gravel road to the entrance to the trail head on the left.

From Monticello GA, travel approximately 10 miles southwest towards Forsyth GA on GA 83 to Smith Mill Rd. on your right and travel approximately 3 miles on a gravel road to the entrance to the trail head on the left.

General Notes:

Overnight camping is not allowed at this recreation site.

Primative camping is provided at the Ocmulgee Horse Camp located on Forest Service 1099 off of GA 83 south of Smith Mill Rd.


Parking for a large number of vehicles and trailers is available.


Located on Forest Service Rd. 1099 off of GA 83 south approximately one mile form the Ocmulgee River crossing.


This dispersed campng area can accommodate several horse trailers and vehicles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Picnic tables One table and grill provided
Toilets Men's amd Women's vault
Parking Large Parking area
Areas & Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 


Lightning can strike unexpectedly. Know when to head indoors.

Weather Conditions on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Safety is Up to All of Us

Outdoor Safety in the South

Leave No Trace Logo

Outdoor Ethics

Link to Recreation.com for easy reservations by the public.

Recreation.gov, where the public can make reservations easily.

Passport in Time is a volunteer service by USDA Forest Service

Passport in Time, a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program.

Link Wilderness.net website

Link to Wilderness.net


Tread Lightly! Get some simple tips on ways to minimize your impact when playing in the outdoors. Link opens in a new window