Lake Winfield Scott Campground

Area Status: Open
Lake Winfield Scott provides a great backdrop for a family photo on a sunny autumn afternoon.

Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a destination recreation location situated high in a mountain valley.  The recreation area offers  year-round recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking centered around the beautiful 18-acre lake.  The campground is divided into a north loop and a south loop.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day. Quiet hours 10pm – 6am.
Reservations: Required - South Loop, Cabin, Group Site and the Large and Small Picnic Pavilions Only. Call
1-877-444-6777 or go to

(North Loop is first-come, first-serve.)
Fees: Peak Season: 4/14/2022 - 10/31/2022
Single site: $24/site/night
Site with electric: $33/site/night
Double site: $48.00
Group Campsite: $75/night
Cabin Fees: $125/night

Off Peak Season(no water or flush toilet; vault facility open): 11/01/2022 - 4/13/2023

Picnic Shelters 4/14/2022 - 10/30/2022
Large Picnic Shelter - $100 
Small Picnic Shelter - $50

Day Use Fee
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license required
Open Season: Yearlong - North Loop Only
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground
Restroom: 3 flush facilities and 2 vault facilites
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 for single family campsites (excluding hook-ups) and some day use fees.  Click here for detailed information on passes!

Contact FIND Outdoors at (706) 747-3816 or (828) 883-FIND for information regarding a $30/vehicle/year Annual Pass for Swimming, Day Use areas and boat launches at concession areas.
Operated By: FIND Outdoors under permit by U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District office at 706-745-6928 or FIND Outdoors at 706-747-3816.

General Information


From Blairsville, GA take U.S. 19/129 south for 10 miles; turn right on GA Hwy. 180 for 7 miles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

The Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area consists of 31 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (north and south). There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the both loops.

  • Beach area
  • Carry down access at boat ramp
  • Showers
  • Flush and vault facilities 
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

The north loop is available for tent and RV camping and offers 17 sites on a first-come, first-serve basis one double site and one accessible site.

The south loop offers 14 campsites available for tent and RV camping and is available by reservation only.

RV Camping

Single site with electric and water: $30/site/night.

No dump station.

Group Camping

Lake Winfield Scott offers a group camping area (4 campsites) which can accommodate up to 25 people and 8 vehicles. The group campsite shares the same sanitary facilities as the south camp loop. The group campsite cannot accommodate large RVs (tents and pop-ups only).

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the group site

  • Beach area
  • Carry down access at boat ramp
  • Showers
  • Flush and vault facilities
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc) 

Cabin Rentals

Would you like to spend some quiet time in the north Georgia mountains? Imagine waking up in the morning and taking a short 2-minute walk to the lake to go fishing or just enjoy the scenery and feel closer to nature. The rustic cabin at scenic Lake Winfield Scott can be yours for a couple of days or up to 2 weeks. The rustic cabin is two stories with each floor being one large open room. The downstairs room serves as living, dining room, and kitchen.

  • Bathroom with shower 
  • 6 twin size beds
  • 3 double size beds
  • refrigerator
  • electric stove
  • microwave
  • assorted pots and pans, utensils, plates, glasses, cups, and flatware washer and dryer

Please note that bed and bath linens are not provided. There is a wood stove in the living room and electric heater in the bathroom. Wood is not provided. There is no telephone or television. Pets are not allowed.  12 person maximum occupancy and 4 vehicles.  

Lake and Pond Fishing

The 18-acre Lake Winfield Scott is routinely stocked during trout season. An accessible fishing pier is offered in the day use area. Fish species are catfish, trout, perch, brim and bass.

Click here for GA DNR fishing regulations and information!

Fish Species Catfish, trout, perch, brim and bass

Day Hiking

Hiking Trails:

Lake Winfield Scott Trail
Length: 0.4 mile
This trail leads around the lake

Jarrard Gap Trail
Length: 1.0 mile
This blue-blazed trail begins in the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail at Jarrard Gap. A loop hike can be made by using the Jarrard Gap, Appalachian, and Slaughter Creek Trails.

Slaughter Creek Trail
Length: 2.7 miles
This blue-blazed trail begins in the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail south of Blood Mountain. A portion of this trail is within the Blood Mountain Wilderness.


Lake Winfield Scott includes fifteen picnic sites 

Group Picnicking

Large picnic pavilion max - 100 people, Small picnic pavillion max - 30 people

Boating - Motorized

Carry down access at boat ramp; electric motors only


Swim in designated area only. No lifeguard on duty at lake.