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 Forests. 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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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Andrews Cove Campground Open Open Andrews Cove is open for the season. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am daily, no generators allowed to operate during quiet hours.
Angel Falls Trailhead Open Open
Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area Open Open Hours of operation, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., no admission after 5 p.m. to allow time to access the falls. The site will be open everyday during the summer.  
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 Open Open
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 Open Open
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 elevator is out of service until further notice.
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. Please have your proof of payment available for review upon request.
Cohutta Overlook Open Open
Cohutta Wilderness Trailheads Open Open
Conasauga Ranger District Open Open
Cooper Creek Recreation Area Open Open Reservations are required to camp in this campground. 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 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

You may reserve camp sites the same day as you arrive and as far as six (6) months in advance. Reservations are not available at the facility. 
Cottonwood Patch Campground Open Open
Davenport Mountain OHV Trails Open Open
DeSoto Falls Recreation Area Open Open
Deep Hole Recreation Area Open Open
Dockery Lake Recreation Area Open Open
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 Open Open Reservations are required to camp in this campground. 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 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

You may reserve camp sites the same day as you arrive and as far as six (6) months in advance. Reservations are not available at the facility.
Helton Creek Falls Open Open
Hickey Gap Campground Open Open
Houston Valley OHV Trails Open Open Call before you haul!  Houston Valley closes for several days after significant rainfall.
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 Open Open
Lake Conasauga Overflow Campground Open Open 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 Open
Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area Open Open
Lake Rabun Campground Open Open Open
Lake Russell Recreation Area Open Open
Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Open Open

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Lake Winfield Scott Campground Open 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 Open Open Low Gap Campground is currently open for the season.
Mill Creek Overlook Open Open
Miller Creek Lake Recreation Area Open Open
Morganton Point Campground Open Open
Mount Yonah Trail Head Open Open
Mountaintown Overlook Open Open
Mulky Campground Open Open Reservations are required to camp in this campground. Reservations for Mulky Campground are made under the Cooper Creek Campground the Mulky Loop, sites 1-11. 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 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

You may reserve camp sites the same day as you arrive and as far as six (6) months in advance. Reservations are not available at the facility. 
Nancytown Day Use Open Open Open for business
Oakey Mountain OHV Trails Open Open Open for the 2022 season.
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 Picnic area remains open the Panther Creek Trail opened to intermediate and advanced hikers only due to the damage received on the trail by Hurricane Zeta. The Chattooga River Ranger District has issued a hiker warning 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 to most users.
Peeples Lake Open Open
Pinhoti Trail in Georgia Open Open
Raven Cliffs Trailhead Open Open Open
Redlands Recreation Area Open Open
Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails Open Open   Closed when wet or raining. No riding when wet, raining, snowing, etc.  Closed for firearm deer season 10-15-2022-1-8-2023
Rock Creek ORV Trail Open Open
Rocky Flats OHV Trail Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed The road is temporarily closed due to a culvert failure causing the road to be impassible.  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 Open Sandy Bottoms Campground is open. Will close for seasonal closure on October 31, 2022
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
Sumac Creek Shooting Range Open Open Sumac Range will be close the morning of Friday, October 14 for a clean-up day.  The range will reopen at noon.   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.
Swords Recreation Area Open Open

Open Sunrise to Sunset hours only

Tallulah River Campground Open Open Tallhlah River Campground is opened. 
Tate Branch Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Tate Branch Campground is closed for the season. It will reopen on March 15, 2023.
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 Open Open
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
Town Creek OHV Trails Open Open

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

 

 Primitive Hunts - Rifle deer season 10-15-2022 thru 1-8-2023 Town Creek will be closed 

Upper Chattahoochee River Campground Open Open Campground is open for the 2022 camping season. 
Waters Creek Day Use Area Open Open
West Fork Campground Open Open
Whissenhunt OHV Trails Open Open  
Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Wildcat 1 campground is closed due to road damage, cannot safely meet COVID cleaning standards due to no road access to site.
Wildcat Creek Campground #2 Upper Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Wildcat 2 campground is closed due to road damage, cannot safely meet COVID cleaning standards due to no road access to site.
Willis Knob Horse Camp Open Open Open year-round, requires reservations to camp.
Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails Open Open 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

Helton Creek Falls

Helton Creek Falls cascade into a pool at the base of the falls.

The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike. Please be advised there are many abrupt changes in grade along this short walk. Please stay on the trail and observation deck.

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

 

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. 

 

 

Recreation Areas

OHV Trail Maps