Recreation

Please find the status of developed recreation sites in the Recreation Conditions Report BELOW.

 

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Recreation Opportunities by Ranger District

Map of Ranger Districts on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

 

Blue Ridge 

Blairsville

706-745-6928

Chattooga River 

Lakemont

706-754-6221

Conasauga 

Chatsworth

706-695-6736

Oconee 

Eatonton

706-485-7110

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andrews Cove Campground Open to Visitor Andrews Cove is currently opened for the 2021 season
Angel Falls Trailhead Open to Visitor
Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area    Limited hours of operation, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., no admission after 4 p.m. to allow time to access the falls. The site will be open from Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesday - Wednesday). There is a set capacity for the parking lot of 90 vehicles. Once that amount has been reached, cars will be turned around at the gate until the number in the parking lot decreases. No access allowed during the closed day/hours. 
Appalachian Trail in Georgia Open to Visitor The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is open and trail shelter in Georgia are available. Hikers are advised to bring a personal tent and face coverings. Shelters might not be frequently maintained at all locations. Dispersed camping is also available. Not all privies are open or maintained. Guidance is available on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) website for trip planning, hiking safety and COVID-19 precautions.  
Aska Trail System Open to Visitor
Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor
Barnes Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor Barnes Creek is a day-use picnic area only.  No camping!
Bartram Trail Open to Visitor
Bear Creek Trail Open to Visitor Bear Creek campground is a walk-in camping area only.  No pop-ups or RVs are accomodated.
Beasley Knob OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open

The fee collection tubes are no longer available for collection of Daily Pass fees. 

Purchase your day pass at one of the following locations:

Daily passes are available digitally by going to Recreation.gov/activitypass/Beasley-knob-ohv or by calling 877-444-6777, or by utilizing the QR code posted on the OHV area kiosk.

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430A Young Harris Highway, Blairsville, GA 30512 - (706) 745-0964

Blue Ridge Ranger District Office
2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512 (M-F, 8:00a - 4:30p) - (706) 970-9776
Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia Open to Visitor
Blue Ridge Ranger District Open to Visitor We are currently operating virtually.  Please call 706-970-9776.
Boggs Creek Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open for Day Use only; closed to camping
Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center Open to Visitor
Broad River Trail Open to Visitor
Byron Herbert Reece Trail Open to Visitor
Chattooga River District Open to Visitor
Chattooga River Trail Open to Visitor
Chestatee Overlook Open to Visitor
Chestnut Mountain Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Cohutta Overlook Open to Visitor
Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads Open to Visitor
Conasauga Ranger District Closed to Visitor We are currently operating virtually.  Please call 706-695-6736.
Cooper Creek Recreation Area Open to Visitor  
Cottonwood Patch Campground Open to Visitor
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open

The fee collection tubes are no longer available for collection of Daily Pass fees. 

Purchase your day pass at one of the following locations:

Daily passes area available digitally by going to Recreation.gov/activitypass/davenport-ohv or by calling 877-444-6777, or by utilizing the QR code posted on the OHV area kiosk.

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430A Young Harris Highway, Blairsville, GA 30512 - (706) 745-0964

​Blue Ridge Ranger District Office
2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512 (M-F, 8:00a - 4:30p) - (706) 970-9776
DeSoto Falls Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Deep Hole Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Dockery Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor  
Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead Open to Visitor The parking lot is day use only:  NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING in the parking lot. 
Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Duncan Ridge Trail Open to Visitor
Dyar Pasture Recreation Area Open to Visitor

Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Frady Branch Equestrian and Bike Trail System Open to Visitor
Frank Gross Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Helton Creek Falls Open to Visitor
Hickey Gap Campground Open to Visitor
Houston Valley OHV Trails Open to Visitor Houston Valley will reopen Saturday, September 4.     Call before you haul!  Houston Valley closes for several days after significant rainfall.
Iron Mountain Trail Open to Visitor
Jacks River Fields Campground Open to Visitor
Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System Open to Visitor
John's Mountain Overlook Open to Visitor
Keown Falls Picnic Area and Trailhead Open to Visitor
Lake Blue Ridge Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Lake Conasauga Open to Visitor
Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground Open to Visitor This is not the main camping loop. There are only 6 campsites in the Overflow, no water and only a vault toilet. The main camping loop does not open until mid-April. Hikers may park here to hike the trails associated with Lake Conasauga.
Lake Conasauga Picnic and Swim Site Open to Visitor
Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Lake Rabun Campground Open to Visitor The Pear Tree Group campsite located in Lake Rabun Campground will remain closed until July 23rd to stay in line following the CDC Guidelines
Lake Russell Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Open to Visitor

 We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Lake Winfield Scott Campground Open to Visitor  
Lakewood Landing Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Locust Stake OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor Area closed to all OHV activity
Low Gap Campground Open to Visitor Low Gap Campground is currently open for the 2021 camping season
Mill Creek Overlook Open to Visitor
Miller Creek Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor

OPEN-Please follow social distancing recommendations to safeguard the health of employees and the public. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Morganton Point Campground Open to Visitor
Mount Yonah Trail Head Open to Visitor
Mountaintown Overlook Open to Visitor
Mulky Campground Open to Visitor
Nancytown Open to Visitor No camping at Nancytown
Nancytown Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open and ready to ride
Ocmulgee Bluff Horse Bike and Hike Trail System Open to Visitor Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Oconee Ranger District Open to Visitor Operating Virtually / Office is open to calls, 706-485-7110, Cell- 706-819-8597,  
Oconee River Campground Open to Visitor Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Panther Creek Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Picnic area remains open the Panther Creek Trail is temporarily closed. The Chattooga River Ranger District has issued a temporary trail closure for the Panther Creek Trail in Habersham County Georgia. Recent high-water events have caused significant damage to the Panther Creek Trail. Bridges are no longer in place requiring hikers to ford Panther Creek and minor tributaries. Sections of the trail tread washed away and sustainable passage to the falls is no longer possible at this time. In addition, high winds and saturated soils led to a higher number of downed trees impacting hiker safety. We appreciate visitor's cooperation while staff work to make the trail safe and address resource damage in order to open Panther Creek Trail soon.
Peeples Lake Open to Visitor
Pinhoti Trail in Georgia Open to Visitor
Raven Cliffs Trailhead Open to Visitor
Redlands Recreation Area Open to Visitor Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.  
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open to Visitor Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.  
Rock Creek ORV Trail Open to Visitor
Rocky Flats OHV Trail Open to Visitor Rocky Flats is more suitable for 4WD trucks and jeeps since there is no parking lot to off-load ATVs and 4-wheelers.
Sandy Bottoms Campground Open to Visitor We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.   
Sarah's Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Scull Shoals Historic Site Open to Visitor Please practice social distancing. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Sosebee Cove Scenic Area and Trail Open to Visitor
Springer Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor
Sumac Creek Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Swords Recreation Area Open to Visitor

Please practice social distancing. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Tallulah River Campground Open to Visitor Tallhlah River Campground is opened. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA regarding COVID-19, and we are closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Tate Branch Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open for the 2021 camping season
Tatum Lead ORV Trail Open to Visitor Tatum Lead trail is suitable for 4WD trucks and jeep since there is no parking lot to off-load ATVs and 4-wheelers.
The Pocket Recreation Area Open to Visitor
The Pocket Recreation Area Family Picnic Area Open to Visitor
The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter Open to Visitor
Toccoa River Canoe Trail Open to Visitor
Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Town Creek OHV Trails Open to Visitor

 Please do not ride when wet. Riding when raining or wet damages the trails!

 

Please Practice Social Distancing.  We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Upper Chattahoochee River Campground Open to Visitor Campground is opened with 19-sites Quiet hours from 10pm to 6am daily
Waters Creek Day Use Area Open to Visitor
West Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Open to Visitor Open

The fee collection tubes are no longer available for collection of Daily Pass fees. 

Purchase your day pass at one of the following locations:

Daily passes are available digitally by going to Recreation.gov/activitypass/whissenhunt-ohv or by calling 877-444-6777, or by utilizing the QR code posted on the OHV area kiosk.

Clay Creek Falls Grocery Store
2261 Oak Grove Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533,  (706) 482-0515

Blue Ridge Ranger District Office
2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512 (M-F, 8:00a - 4:30p) - (706) 970-9776
Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower Closed to Visitor Wildcat Creek road is temporarily closed.
Wildcat Creek Campground #2 Upper Closed to Visitor West Wildcat Creek road is temporarily closed
Willis Knob Horse Campground Open to Visitor
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Open to Visitor The northern portion of Tibbs Trail has been decommissioned due to poor trail conditions.  There is no longer access to Tibbs Trail from the Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground.  Only the southern portion of Tibbs Trail  remains, with access via Milma Creek Trail from Windy Gap Trail. 
Wise Creek Canoe Launch Open to Visitor Please follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.  
Woody Gap Trailhead Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway

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Cool in the summer, mild in the winter, the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway encircles the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. The drive is ideal for viewing colorful wildflowers or dazzling fall color. Secluded valley views of Wilderness Areas abound along the way. The 40-mile loop follows State Highways 348, 180, and 17/75. Allow at least three hours driving time. Outdoor Fun in the North Georgia Mountains highlights the byway and popular mountain recreation stops. 

 

Tallulah River Campground

Happy Campers Around Fire

At an elevation of 2,080 ft., on the banks of the Tallulah River,this campground is a favorite. If you like hiking, the Coleman River Trail is there for you to enjoy the outdoors and nature. This river is routinely stocked with Rainbow Trout! Find the location for Tallulah River Campground on the Interactive Visitor Map.

 

About the Area - Recreation Overview

Sight seeing on the Anna Ruby Falls Trail along Smith Creek

From the rolling hills of the Piedmont to the mountains of the southern Appalachian mountains, there are all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy. Learn more about this area and an overview of outdoor recreation on the national forests.

 

Chattooga River Trail

Chattooga River Trail

Beginning at the intersection of Highway 76 East and the Chattooga River (ending at Sandy Ford Rd.), this 11 mile spur trail connects to the Bartram Trail.  Nearly all the trail is within the boundary of the Wild & Scenic River area, so the principles of Leave No Trace are strongly encouraged.  Backcountry camping is permitted.

 

Track Rock Gap Petroglyph Site

Photo 2 of the Track Rock Site after the 2010 Renovation

Visit this special site where the people of long ago carved their stories into the boulders of Track Rock.

 

 

 

 

Appalachian Trail in Georgia

The AT plaque can be seen on the rock outcrop below a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Stretching across 14 states, more than 76 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) are in Georgia. This stretch of the AT offers views of some of the state's most diverse and stunning ecosystems as it winds northward through the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area and passes through five federally designated wilderness areas. 

 

 
Areas & Activities

OHV Trail Maps

Lightning can strike unexpectedly. Know when to head indoors.

Weather Conditions on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests


Safety is Up to All of Us

Outdoor Safety in the South


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Outdoor Ethics


Link to Recreation.com for easy reservations by the public.

Recreation.gov, where the public can make reservations easily.


Passport in Time is a volunteer service by USDA Forest Service

Passport in Time, a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program.


Link Wilderness.net website

Link to Wilderness.net


TreadLightly

Tread Lightly! Get some simple tips on ways to minimize your impact when playing in the outdoors. Link opens in a new window

 



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