Recreation


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Interactive Forest Visitor Map

Use the Interactive Forest Visitor Map to locate roads, campgrounds, trails and other recreation sites on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. You can zoom in for high resolution detail and change the background map to suit your needs. Using the Tools icon, you can print your map or save it as a Geo PDF map. You can also import your Geo PDF to your phone or tablet using a program like Avenza to show your live location on the map - even without a cell signal! Download mobile apps: Apple App or Google Play

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Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andrews Cove Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Andrews Cove is closed for the 2023 season.
Angel Falls Trailhead Open Open Winter trailhead parking area opened year-round with no amenities
Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area Open Open Anna Ruby Falls is open during normal business hours for the season. For normal operations please go to https://gofindoutdoors.org    
Appalachian Trail in Georgia Open Open 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 Open
Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area Closed Closed Ball Field camping area is closed for the winter.  Reopens March 4, 2024.
Barnes Creek Picnic Area Open Open Barnes Creek is a day-use picnic area only.  No camping!
Bartram Trail Open Open
Bear Creek Trail Open Open Bear Creek campground is a walk-in camping area only.  No pop-ups or RVs are accomodated.
Beasley Knob OHV Trails Closed Closed The Beasley Knob OHV Trail is closed for the winter season and will reopen in the Spring weather permitting.
Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia Open Open
Blue Ridge Ranger District Open Open
Boggs Creek Recreation Area Open Open
Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center Open Open The Brasstown Bald Visitor Center is closed for the winter. They will reopen in the spring. The trail and observation deck remain open year-round. The road leading to the Brasstown Bald parking lot (Spur 180) may be closed by Georgia DOT during inclement winter weather. 
Broad River Trail Open Open
Byron Herbert Reece Trail Open Open
Chattooga River District Open Open
Chattooga River Trail Open Open
Chestatee Overlook Open Open
Chestnut Mountain Shooting Range Open Open Pay for your activity pass at Chestnut Mountain with the Recreation.gov Mobile App. Log into your Recreation.gov account through the mobile app and scan the QR code at the area.  Follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one to use Scan & Pay before you go to the range. Please have your proof of payment available for review upon request.
Cohutta Overlook Open Open
Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads Open Open Rice Camp trailhead is currently inaccessible due to a snarl of trees from a recent storm.  Forest Service employees and volunteers will be working to clear this as soon as possible.  These trailhead parking lots are inaccessible due to winter road closures:  Three Forks, Betty Gap, Chestnut Lead and Tearbritches.  The gates will reopen March 4, 2024, weather permitting.
Conasauga Ranger District Open Open
Cooper Creek Recreation Area Open Open
Cottonwood Patch Campground Open Open Cottonwood Patch will transition to camping by reservation only in 2024.  Reservations will be required and must be made through http://www.recreation.gov  You must create an account to be able to reserve a campsite, or call toll free at 877-444-6777.
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Closed Closed The Davenport Mountain OHV Trail is closed for the winter season and will reopen in the Spring weather permitting.
DeSoto Falls Recreation Area Open Open Pay for you activity pass at DeSoto Falls Day Use with the Recreation.gov Mobile App. Log into your Recreation.gov account through the mobile app and scan the QR code at the area and follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one to use Scan & Pay. 

You can purchase the DeSoto Falls Day Use Annual Pass at Recreation.gov or a Chattahoochee-Oconee Forest Annual Pass for $25 is available at Forest Service offices in Gainesville, Blairsville, Chatsworth, Lakemont, and Eatonton, Georgia. The DeSoto Falls Day Use daily activity pass must be purchased at the area. 
Deep Hole Recreation Area Open Open Pay for you activity pass at Deep Hole Day Use with the Recreation.gov Mobile App. Log into your Recreation.gov account through the mobile app and scan the QR code at the area and follow the on-screen instructions.  You will need to download the free Recreation.gov mobile app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.
Dockery Lake Recreation Area Closed Closed
Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead Open Open The parking lot is day use only:  NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING in the parking lot. 
Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area Open Open Open
Duncan Ridge Trail Open Open
Dyar Pasture Recreation Area Open Open

Open sunrise to sunset

Frady Branch Equestrian and Bike Trail System Open Open Open year-round
Frank Gross Recreation Area Closed Closed
Helton Creek Falls Open Open
Hickey Gap Campground Open Open
Hitchiti Trail Open Open
Houston Valley OHV Trails Closed Closed The trail system will close for the winter on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  Call before you haul!  Houston Valley closes for several days after significant rainfall.  Nights and weekends, call 706-695-6736  ext. 2 for status.
Iron Mountain Trail Open Open
Jacks River Fields Campground Open Open
Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System Open Open Black Branch Trail Loop is temporarily closed to provide for public safety during active logging operations along the 28B and 28F roads. Upon completion of the timber harvest, the trail will be reopened. Please contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District with any questions. (706) 745-6928.
John's Mountain Overlook Open Open
Keown Falls Picnic Area and Trailhead Open Open
Lake Blue Ridge Recreation Area Open Open
Lake Conasauga Closed Closed The campground is closed for the winter.  Planned reopening April 17, 2024.  Visit recreation.gov to make your 2024 reservations.  Lake Conasauga is now reservation only.  Reservations are accepted at Recreation.gov.  You may also make your reservations by phone toll-free at 877-444-6777.
Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground Closed Closed The Overflow camping area is closed for the winter.  Reopens March 4, 2024.  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 Closed Closed The picnic area is closed for winter.  Reopens April 17, 2024.
Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area Open Open
Lake Rabun Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Closed for the Winter Season, reopens in the Spring.  When the Campground is closed the toilet building and parking inside the campground for Angel Falls trail are not avaiable.  There is a no-fee trail head parking area located on the main road, with no services open year-round.
Lake Russell Boat Launch/Beach Area Open Open Boat Launch is open year-round. Beach facilities are closed during the winter season.
Lake Russell Campground Open Open Lake Russell Campground is currently open and ready for you to reserve a site on your next visit to this beautiful campground.  
Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Open Open

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Lake Winfield Scott Campground Open Open The south and north loops have been reopened at reduced rates for camping in accordance with the following modified operating plan:
  • No reservations, first come/first served, pay via envelope in the fee tube.​
  • Campers will need to provide their own water – NO WATER AVAILABLE ONSITE.
  • No showers or flush toilets will be available, bath houses will be closed. Portable toilets are available.
  • No cabin rentals.
  • Day use areas, swim beach, lake will be open.
Lakewood Landing Boat Launch Open Open Pay for you activity pass at Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp with the Recreation.gov Mobile App. Log into your Recreation.gov account through the mobile app and scan the QR code at the area and follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one to use Scan & Pay.  All visitors must fill out an index card provided with the confirmation number provided after mobile payment. This confirmation then needs to be displayed on the vehicle dash for proof of payment.
Locust Stake OHV Trail System Closed Closed Area closed to all OHV activity
Low Gap Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Low Gap Campground is closed for the 2023 season. No drinking water is available in this campground.
Mill Creek Overlook Open Open
Miller Creek Lake Recreation Area Closed Closed
Morganton Point Campground Open Open
Mount Yonah Trail Head Open Open
Mountaintown Overlook Open Open
Mulky Campground Open Open
Nancytown Day Use Open Open Open
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Oakey Mountain OHV area is closed for the winter maintenance and will reopen on March 15, 2024.  
Ocmulgee Bluff Horse Bike and Hike Trail System Open Open Open Sunrise to Sunset - Day use area only
Oconee Ranger District Open Open Office is open  -Please call ahead if you are interested in purchasing passes 706-485-7110, Cell- 706-819-8597,    
Oconee River Campground Open Open
Panther Creek Recreation Area Open Open The picnic area and trail remain open. The Panther Creek Trail is opened to intermediate and advanced hikers only. The Chattooga River Ranger District has issued a hiker warning for the Panther Creek Trail in Habersham County Georgia. Bridges are no longer in place requiring hikers to Ford Panther Creek and minor tributaries. Sections of the trail tread washed away and passage to the falls is possible just use extra safety precautions. We appreciate visitors' cooperation while staff works to make the trail safe and address resource damage.
Peeples Lake Open Open
Pinhoti Trail in Georgia Open Open  
Ravens Cliff Trailhead Open Open Open year-round
Redlands Recreation Area Open Open
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open Open   Closed when wet or raining. No riding when wet, raining, snowing, etc.  
Rock Creek ORV Trail Closed Closed The trail system will close for the winter on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
Rocky Flats Seasonal Road Closed Closed Rocky Flats is now a seasonal road open for various hunting seasons.
Sandy Bottoms Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Sandy Bottoms Campground is closed for the season.
Sarah's Creek Campground Open Open Quiet hours are from 10pm-6am daily. During quiet hours generators, music, or other disturbing noises are not allowed.
Scull Shoals Historic Site Open Open Open during daylight hours only.
Sosebee Cove Scenic Area and Trail Open Open
Springer Mountain Trailhead Open Open
Stonewall Falls & White Twister Mountain Bike Trai Open Open Open from Sunrise to Sunset
Sumac Creek Shooting Range Open Open Pay for your activity pass at Sumac Creek with the Recreation.gov Mobile App. Log into your Recreation.gov account through the mobile app and scan the QR code at the area. Follow the on-screen instructions. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one to use Scan & Pay. Please have your proof of payment available for review upon request. You may also login to Recreation.gov on your home computer to pay for the daily pass.
Swords Recreation Area Open Open

Open Sunrise to Sunset hours only

Tallulah River Campground Open Open Tallhlah River Campground is open. 
Tate Branch Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Tate Branch Campground is closed for the season.
Tatum Lead ORV Trail Open Open Tatum Lead trail is suitable for 4WD trucks and jeeps since there is no parking lot to off-load ATVs and 4-wheelers.
The Pocket Recreation Area Closed Closed The campground is closed for the winter.  Reopens April 1, 2024.  The Pocket campground will become reservation only in 2025.  Reservations will be accepted at Recreation.gov beginning Ocober 2024 for the 2025 camping season.
The Pocket Recreation Area Family Picnic Area Open Open
The Pocket Recreation Area Group Picnic Shelter Open Open
Toccoa River Canoe Trail Open Open
Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area Open Open Reservations are required to camp in this campground. 
The two group sites are $20.00 a night. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). The website (www.Recreation.gov) offers convenient round the clock access to the Online Reservation Service or visitors may call NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 (toll free) between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

You may reserve camp sites the same day as you arrive and as far as six (6) months in advance.
Town Creek OHV Trails Open Open

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

 

 

Track Rock Petroglyphs Closed Closed
Upper Chattahoochee River Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Campground is closed for the season. No water available.
Waters Creek Day Use Area Open Open
West Fork Campground Open Open Open year-round
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Closed Closed The Whissenhunt OHV Trail is closed for the winter season and will reopen in the Spring weather permitting. 

Whissenhunt OHV Trail has recently changed  from a two-way directional  riding to a one-way only trail. 
Please review the map below to become acquainted with these new changes and enjoy the ride!
Trail Map
Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Wildcat 1 campground is closed due to road damage.
Wildcat Creek Campground #2 Upper Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Wildcat 2 campground is closed due to road damage.
Willis Knob Horse Camp Open Open Open year-round, requires reservations to camp.
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Closed Closed The Windy Gap trail system will close for the winter on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  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 Open Please be cautious of flooding
Woody Gap Trailhead Open Open

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

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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 50 ft away from the river or tributaries and at minimum 1/4 mile from either Earl's Ford or Sandy Ford Roads.