Recreation

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Wilderness - 10 wilderness areas; over 100,000 acres of solitude! 

 

Be Safe - From fly fishing to backpacking to OHV riding your adventure awaits on the national forest. But the best adventures are safe adventures so checkout Outdoor Safety in the South before planning your trip. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.

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Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beasley Knob OHV Trails Closed to Visitor Due to wet conditions, the Beasley Knob OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety.
Boggs Creek Recreation Area Open to Visitor The timber salvage operation has been completed, and the area is open for day-use.  Beginning September 14, 2012, the area will be open from sunrise to sunset every day of the week, but remains closed to all camping.
Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center Open to Visitor Brasstown Bald Visitor Center will be closed the following dates: November 24, November 28-30 and December 24-26, 2016.

The Brasstown Bald Visitor Center will be open from March 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017 weather permitting.
Please call 706-896-4137 if weather is questionable! 
 
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Closed to Visitor Due to wet conditions, the Davenport Mountain OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety.
Houston Valley OHV Trails Closed to Visitor  Houston Valley observes closures for several days after significant rainfall to protect the resource.  Call before you haul!
Lake Conasauga Closed to Visitor Route change due to road landslide closures:  Access has recently improved --
    • From US Hwy 411: use FSR 630 (Mill Creek Road) to FSR 17 (West Cowpen Road). Vehicles hauling trailers or campers greater than 15 feet in length are discouraged from using this route beyond Hickey Gap Campground due to steep, winding and narrow roads.
    • From State Hwy 52: use Conasauga Road or Gates Chapel Road to FSR 68 (Potato Patch Road).  Conasauga Road is the recommended route for vehicles hauling trailers or campers greater than 15 feet in length.
More information and a map showing area road closures.
Locust Stake OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor Loops 1-5 Closed for the Season
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Closed to Visitor
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open to Visitor
Rock Creek ORV Trail Closed to Visitor Rock Creek OHV trail is temporarily closed while Murray County Road Department repairs Peeples Lake Road. Beginning January 2017, Rock Creek trail will observe a winter closure annually from January 1 through March 31.
Rocky Flats OHV Trail Closed to Visitor Due to a sinkhole at the gate, Rocky Flats is currently closed.
Sumac Creek Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Tatum Lead ORV Trail Open to Visitor
Town Creek OHV Trails Open to Visitor
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Closed to Visitor Due to wet conditions, the Whissenhunt OHV Trail System is temporarily closed in the interest of resource protection and public safety.
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Closed to Visitor Beginning January 2017, this trail system will observe an annual winter closure from January 1 through March 31.  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.

Spotlights

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.

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.

Areas & Activities
The logo for CoTrails show a path going into the forest.

CoTrails: A great place for trail users to connect


Outdoor Safety in the South

Outdoor Safety in the South


Leave No Trace Logo

Outdoor Ethics


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

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


Weather around the forest!

Link to the National Weather Service


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