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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.

The best way to enjoy a waterfall? From a safe distance.

Upper Falls, Chattahoochee River, Mark Trail Wilderness

Waterfalls are exciting and rivers are a great place to cool off on a hot day, but both pose risks to unprepared visitors. We hope this information helps to make you aware of the hazards so you can enjoy a safe and fun visit to your National Forests in Georgia.

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2017 Recreation Fee Change Proposal

Lake Sinclair Swimming Area

We're asking for your input on proposed changes to establish consistent pricing for developed recreation sites for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

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.

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.

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