Winter Road Closures for the Conasauga Ranger District

Contact(s): Jeff Gardner, Phone: 706-695-6736

This map shows the roads closed during the winter of  2013-14 for the Conasauga Ranger District.

Forest Service officials of the Chattahoochee National Forest are planning to close some roads on the Conasauga Ranger District this winter. The closures will begin on January 4, 2013 and last February 28.  As a result, the Grassy Mountain, Lake Conasauga, Betty Gap, and Three Forks areas will be inaccessible by vehicle.

The roads that will be closed are West Cowpen Road (FS 17) at the intersection with Mill Creek Road (FS 630); Potato Patch Road (FS 68) at Potato Patch Mountain; and Three Forks Road (FS 64) at Potato Patch Mountain and Jacks River Fields Campground..  The district office in Chatsworth has a motor vehicle user map (MVUM) available to the public that shows roads with seasonal closures. Motor vehicle use maps are also available on this website at

“The constant freezing and thawing at these high elevations causes the roadbeds to become soft, resulting in rutting and significant damage to the roads from vehicle traffic,” explains Conasuaga District Ranger Jeff Gardner.  “These roads are also a public safety hazard in the winter because they become extremely dangerous when covered with ice and snow.  These closures are needed to protect resources and public safety.”   

For updated information on current conditions on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, visit the website at, or call the Conasauga Ranger District office at (706) 695-6736 Monday through Friday between 8 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4:30 pm.