The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is located in central Georgia and northern Georgia.
Where is this Forest?


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The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


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Foothills Landscape Community Collaboration

View from Chestatee Overlook

We are reaching out to partners, stakeholders and community members to realize a shared vision to address complex conservation challenges across the Foothills Landscape.We need your knowledge and insights right from the start in order to plan the right work in the right places for the right reasons.

History of Fire in the Southern Appalachians

Creeping fire on Cohutta Wilderness

Fire has been an essential natural process in Southern Appalachian oak and pine forests for thousands of years, and its absence over the past century has transformed our forests. Learn more about the fascinating relationship between fire and forest here in Georgia.

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Responding to Ips Bark Beetles

Ips Engraver beetle

The U.S. Forest Service is moving quickly to assess and respond to an outbreak of Ips bark beetles in central Georgia.

Rare Golden Eagle tagged in Northwest Georgia

A Golden Eagle is released after tagging on the Chattahoochee National Forest, February 22, 2017

After 3 years of photographing Golden Eagles in the Chattahoochee National Forest at a site near Dalton, researchers were finally able to capture and tag one of the elusive birds.


Wilderness Rangers Pay It Forward

SAWS Rangers - Casey and James

The next time you visit the Chattahoochee National Forest, you might be fortunate enough to run into Casey and James -- our SAWS Rangers who are dedicated to wilderness stewardship.

New archeology work at 17th century American Indian site

Clay sherd, probably from a tobacco pipe, found during excavations on March 9, 2015.

Around the year A.D. 1600, a house burned at a family farmstead in a remote valley in Northeast Georgia. 

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