CLOSURE DUE TO WINTER WEATHER--JANUARY 14, 2022 the Winter Weather has done critical damage to the road, so no safe access to the campgrounds.
Wildcat 1 Campground is closed unable to access, not able to meet COVID standards for cleaning, no camping, no fires.
Although the winding road leading to the campground is not trailer or RV friendly, the payoff of landing a night in this environment is pure delight. These developed tent camping only campgrounds are buried deep in the North Georgia Mountains west of Lake Burton and along the headwaters of Wildcat Creek. The creek, seasonally stocked with rainbow trout, runs directly adjacent to the campsites and provides for an astounding setting, so be prepared to capture nature at its best, and bring your camera. On clear nights the stars appear to be just an arm’s reach away!
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Wildcat 1 campground is closed due to road damage, cannot safely meet COVID cleaning standards due to no road access to site.|
|Reservations:||Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis. Sites must occupied from the first night and entire time.|
|Fees:||Camping: $10/site/night. $5/site/night with Senior or Access Pass, must have actual pass with the pass number to place on envelopes with the $5 cash or check for the discount. Please make all checks payable to USDA Forest Service.|
|Permit Info:||Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
|Restrictions:||No camping, no fires, and no trash pickup until campground can reopen after road repairs completed.|
|Closest Towns:||The nearest town is approximately 18 miles or 25 minutes to Clayton, GA, or 35 miles or 45 minutes, to Clarkesville, GA. Both offer campers restaurants, grocery stores, etc.|
|Water:||Drinking water is not provided at this site.|
|Restroom:||chemical vault facility|
|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, no free caming.
|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.|
Physical Address: 2726 West Wildcat Rd., Clayton, GA
From Clayton, GA, take U.S. Rt. 76 west for 9.7 miles to State
Rt. 197. Turn left onto Rt. 197 and go 5.1 miles to West Wildcat Rd.
(Forest Rt. 26). Turn right onto West Wildcat Rd. and go 2.8 miles to
NOTE: Wildcat Rd. is gravel, steep (in places), single lane with
turnouts. There are minimal potholes and washboards.
Wildcat Road is a curvey, gravel one-lane road with turn-outs, not RV or trailer friendly. The largest parking apron size is 9.5' X 49'
- 16 camping sites
- Graveled driving loop thru recreation area
- Restroom facility
- Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc).
River and Stream Fishing
Wild Creek is stocked seasonally with rainbow trout.
Click here for GA DNR fishing regulations and information!
Alerts & Warnings
- #BurnAlerts - Prescribed Fire on Chattooga River Ranger District - Slick Shoals
- #BurnAlerts - Prescribed Fire on Blue Ridge Ranger District - Rock Creek
- #BurnAlerts for Prescribed Fires
- Lake Conasauga Reservation Only
- Recreation passes available online, by phone and in-person
- Rock Creek Road (FSR 69) Closed Past Frank Gross Recreation Area
- Road Closures on the Chattooga River Ranger District
- Coleman River Rd (FSR #54) Closure
- CAUTION Waterfall Dangers
- CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL - ATV and OHV
- Panther Creek Trail Temporary Hiker Restrictions
- Don't Move Firewood!