The Pocket Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Pocket recreation area in northwest Georgia is named for lying in a low area surrounded by the steep ridges of Horn and Mill Mountains, and is the former site of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp F-16.  Families camping here can enjoy the vibrant spring colors of mountain laurel as well as the brilliant fall color mix provided by mixed hardwoods.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet hours 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted.  Occupancy of sites is on a first come, first served basis.
Fees $15/site/night
Open Season: April - October 31
Restrictions: Campsites are for 1 family or 5 adults.  Site must be occupied first night of stay.  Maximum two vehicles per campsite.  14-day limit.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Alcohol is prohibited in the entire Pocket Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: The nearest town, Dalton, GA, is approximately 25 miles east.  Campers will find numerous restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations available.
Water: Drinking water available at hydrants located throughout the campground.
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted.  These passes entitle the holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.

Click here for detailed information on passes!
Information Center: Please contact the Conasauga Ranger District office at 706-695-6736.  The picnic area is open year-round (but currently closed to follow CDC and USDA guidelines regarding COVID-19).

General Information


From Atlanta:  take I-75 north to Exit 320 (GA Hwy 136).  Turn left off exit ramp and go west on GA Hwy 136.  Continue for 7 miles.  At stop sign, turn right to stay on GA Hwy 136.  Continue 7 miles to Pocket County Road, turn left and continue 7 more miles to The Pocket campground on the left.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

There are 26 campsites available.  Each site has a parking spur, tent pad, fire ring & picnic table - no showers or electricity.  Drinking water is available from faucets located through the campground.

Fees: $10 a night per site
Hours of Operation: Quiet hours observed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.


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