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The Pocket Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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

Current Conditions: The Pocket campground is closed for the winter.  The picnic area is open year-round.
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 Camping: $10/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.

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.

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The 2.5 mile Pocket Trail is for foot travel only. It begins in the picnic area and ends in the campground and is marked by lime green blazes. The trail passes areas with seeps and springs. Take a leisurely walk and enjoy the landscape and forest of the Ridge and Valley area of northwest Georgia.

The 1 mile Pocket Interpretive Trail begins and ends at the group picnic shelter.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy