Lake Conasauga

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

view through gorgeouse fall foliage onto Lake Conasauga

This beautiful 19-acre spring-fed lake resting near Grassy Mountain is the highest lake in Georgia. Families will enjoy camping in this quiet, rustic setting which offers cool summertime temperatures.  Whether hiking to the Songbird Management area or to Grassy Mountain tower, fishing, or swimming, you will revel in this area rich in plants, birds and wildlife. Note:  cell service is limited due to remoteness.

Photos of campground

Portal sign and entry to Lake Conasauga wooden signs along entry road to lake Conasauga showing directions to picnic area view through gorgeouse fall foliage onto Lake Conasauga Lake Conasauga picnic area in the fall a picnic table close to Lake Conasauga in the fall

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lake Conasauga campground and picnic area will remain open this year until noon on Monday, November 9, weather permitting.  If an extended cold snap occurs or is in the forecast, where lows are consistently below freezing for two or more consecutive days, we reserve the right to close the campground in order to drain the water system to protect from damage.  Please call the Ranger District office before you visit for the most up-to-date information.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites is on a first come, first served basis.  Campsites may not be held for other campers.
Fees $15 a night per site.  
Open Season: Mid-April (possibly later due to water leaks) - 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.  Boats with electric motors only.   Only street-legal vehicles may be driven in the campground. Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Alcohol is prohibited in the entire Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: The nearest towns are Chatsworth, GA, approximately 24 miles to the southwest, and Ellijay, GA, roughly 22 miles to the southeast.  Chatsworth and Ellijay both offer numerous restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations.
Water: Drinking water available at hydrants located throughout the campground.
Restroom: Flush toilets centrally located.
Passes: Annual Forest Pass is available for $25, which will cover parking in the picnic area for a year.  May be purchased at the Conasauga Ranger District office in person, by mail with a check, or by phone with a credit/debit card.
Information Center: Please contact the Conasauga Ranger District office at 706-695-6736.

General Information


From Chatsworth, GA, take U.S. Highway 411 north 3 miles to Eton, GA.  Turn right onto Old CCC Camp Road.  After about 5 miles the pavement ends and travel continues on a dirt and gravel road (Forest Service Road 18).  Continue for about 4 miles to a fork in the road; take the left fork, FSR 68.  Continue on FSR 68 for about 6 miles to a T-intersection at Potato Patch Mountain.  Turn left to continue on FSR 68 for another 4-5 miles to the entrance of the Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.

From Ellijay:  from the town circle, take GA Highway 52 west for 5 miles to a right turn on Gates Chapel Road.  Travel on Gates Chapel, which becomes dirt and gravel after about 7 miles (FSR 90) to a stop sign.  Turn right onto FSR 68 and continue to the T-intersection at Potato Patch Mountain.  Turn left to remain on FSR 68 for 4-5 miles to the entrance of the Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.


Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

A developed campground situated near Lake Conasauga.

  • 31 campsites in two graveled loops with parking for two vehicles
  • 2 restrooms with sinks and flush toilets
  • Used as a stop-over for Cohutta Wilderness adventures
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern posts, etc). No showers, electricity or hook-ups.


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Water Activities

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