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 Project - Environmental Assessment

View from Chestatee Overlook

The Foothills Landscape project proposes to restore healthy forest habitat and cleaner watersheds across 157,625 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest, where the mountains are visibly reduced to foothills. The objective is to create, restore and maintain forests and waters that are resilient, sustainable and productive for wildlife and people.


Autumn Awareness in the National Forest

A child sports a blaze orange hat for safe hiking in autumn woods

Crisp, clear days in the woodlands make this a popular time to hit the trails of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

But if you’re hiking, biking or riding the trails this season, please remember a few key things that will help keep you safe.


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Outdoor Tips for Visitors

Outdoor tips for Visitors

Preparedness is the key to having a good and safe time outdoors. Before you head out on your next forest adventure, be sure to prepare for any surprises or challenges.

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project Yields Tangible Results

Two smiling old hunters wearing orange vests and hats with shotguns, their dog, and a ruffed grouse.

Investing in wildlife habitat improvement not only benefits the wildlife, it also improves our quality of life and can stimulate the local outdoor sporting industry. Win, win, win.

 




Hemlocks in Peril

Foothills Science Series, Hope for the Hemlocks

Hemlocks of Georgia are plagued by hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny non-native insect that quickly kills trees once they become infested. Research and strategies are providing a new hope.

Interactive Maps Take You to Your Recreation Destination

This is a small image of a hybrid (roads with satelite) recreation map.

Our Maps & Publications page provides links to all our map resources including interactive maps for all our recreation areas.



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