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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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Recent News


Autumn Awareness in the National Forest

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Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy the forest, and these tips can help you do it safely.

Cooper Creek Watershed Project Information

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The purpose of the project is to restore healthier conditions for a diversity of native plants and to improve wildlife habitat for game and non-game species including deer, turkey, grouse, songbirds, bats, birds of prey, and pollinators. The primary focus is to make the forest more resilient and sustainable by reestablishing a healthy range of age and diversity of tree species, improving wildlife habitat and increasing watershed function. 

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US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee

Photo of a couple enjoying the sites from the Brasstown Bald observation deck.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill four positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to serve national forests across the Southeast. 

Hemlocks in Peril

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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.


Connecting young Georgians to their national forest

The Georgia Mountains Children’s Forest Network creates opportunities for young Georgians to experience and explore the national forest in their backyard.

Interactive Maps Take You to Your Recreation Destination

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

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