Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Georgia

(770) 536-0541

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Overview

Located in north and central Georgia are the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Georgia's national forests are said to be a hiker's paradise. Winding trails lead visitors through scenic mountains and rolling hills, by wild rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. The famous 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail begins here and hardy hikers don't see the end until they reach Maine! Drive along the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, which tours the Armuchee Ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Don't forget to stop at Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet. Unlike the tall peaks of the Chattahoochee, the Oconee National Forest is relatively flat with small hills.

Map of Chattahoochee-Oconee Nat'l Forests

Latitude, Longitude: 34.776588, -83.743286

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating and fishing on Lake Conasauga, the highest lake in Georgia.

    Rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, and ponds provide many opportunities for all kinds of water activities. From the sound of a babbling mountain stream to the quiet plop of a bobber hitting the water to running down the swimming beach into a mountain lake, being near, on, or in the water is always great fun.

  • Bicycling

    The Aska Trail System provides approximately 17 miles of recreational trails for bicyclists and hikers. This area is located in Fannin County off of Aska Road, and less than ten miles from downtown Blue Ridge, GA. Trails range in length from 1.0 mile to 5.1 miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. The system utilizes hand dug tread way and old logging roads.The Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System provides approximately 36 miles of recreational trails for equestrians, bicyclists and hikers. The Jake Mountain Trail System and Bull Mountain Trail System connect to form a complex system of scenic trails within a four square mile area of the Chattahoochee National Forest's Blue Ridge Ranger District. This area is located in western Lumpkin County, less than ten minutes from downtown Dahlonega. The system is made up of interconnecting dirt trails and gravel roads which are accessed by two trailheads.

    The Frady Branch Bike Trail system consists of four loops, which has designated parking for mountain bike users. The Stonewall Falls and White Twister Bike Trail consists of a nine-mile mountain bike loop is comprised of a mixture of old US Forest Service roads, old logging roads and single-track. The trail crosses Stonewall Creek four times and takes riders by the beautiful Stonewall Creek Waterfalls. The Saga Mountain lookout point provides an awesome view of mountains including Rabun Bald (Georgia's second highest mountain), Standing Indian, Tiger Mountain and Black Rock Mountain. The White Twister Trail gets its name from the 4.5 miles of winding, twisting, roller coaster route it flows. These trail loops are located five miles south of Clayton, Georgia and one hour and forty-five minutes northeast from Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Brilliant orange and red fall color along Highway 180

    It should go without saying that many of the routes through the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests reveal the scenic beauty of these special lands. Whether you're on a high speed highway or a two-lane forest road; whether you're in the hill country of the Piedmont or the mountains of north Georgia, you'll see some great scenery along the way.

    The USDA Forest Service National Scenic Byway Program draws attention to outstanding scenery on national forests and provides opportunities for people to see well managed and changing forest landscapes. The lands through which the byways pass offer aesthetic, cultural, and historical values. Those of you who venture out onto the scenic byways will have memorable experiences as you gain access to wildlife and their habitat, history, scenic vistas, geology, and streams, lakes, and waterfalls.

    The Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway has all these features and presents to its travelers the special character and quality of the area through which it passes. While there, you can stop and enjoy the view from Georgia's highest point, Brasstown Bald.

    Drive along the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, which tours the Armuchee Ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Several major Civil War battles were fought in this area, most of them centered around the railroad, which stretched from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Camping

    Cabin Rentals

    Are your friends or family itching to get back to nature and spend some quality time in the forest, but lack the right location and refuge? Gorgeous Lake Winfield Scott has just the thing you...

    Campground Camping

    The forests provide campground camping in many different campgrounds. Some campgrounds are more developed than others so please browse the recreational areas to find what suits you best.

  • Fishing

    The Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests provide a wide range of fishing experiences. From relaxing shoreline fishing at places like Lake Russell, Lake Winfield Scott, and Lake Conasauga, to the more challenging reward of fly fishing some of Georgia's best trophy trout streams, anglers will find almost any kind of fishing to suit their fancy.

  • Hiking

    The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest has a great selection of trails for day trips or serious backpacking. The premier backpacking trail in the eastern United States begins right here in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest on Springer Mountain.

  • Historic Sites

    Contact the park for more information involving historical and cultural touring.

  • Hunting

    Wildlife and fisheries management within the boundary of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is a cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That's because the federal government owns the land and is responsible for its management while the State of Georgia owns the animals and is responsible for their management. This means the Forest Service manages wildlife habitat and the DNR manages the animals by setting hunting seasons, bag limits, and other such rules and regulations.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts can find plenty of opportunities on Georgia's two National Forests to practice their rigorous sport. The Chattahoochee National Forest located in North Georgia, and the Oconee National Forest located in Central Georgia, are popular with individuals and family groups that want a scenic and often challenging ride within the National Forest. OHV use is available at the following districts: Oconee Ranger District, Conasauga Ranger District, Chattooga River District, and the Blue Range River District.

  • Picnicking

    Group picnicking is available in the Blue Ridge Ranger District, the Chatooga River District, and the Conasauga Ranger District, while other picnicking is available at the Blue Ridge Ranger District and the Chatooga River District.

  • RVing

    Two districts provide RVing: the Chatooga River District and the Oconee River District. Cradled in the hills of the North Georgia Mountains overlooking beautiful Lake Rabun, this developed recreation area offers camping, hiking, all sorts of water activities like swimming, boating and fishing, and an opportunity to absorb the peaceful lake scenery. There are 80 tent and trailer campsites in this family-oriented setting that will easily transform whatever gear you have into an outdoor home away from home. he majestic Lake Sinclair was created when the waters of the Oconee River were impounded by Georgia Power Company in 1953 to operate a hydro-electric generating station. The Lake Sinclair recreational area is located in the heart of Georgia. This 15,330 acre lake (with 417 miles of shoreline!), ideal for families, scout troop meetings or even church gatherings, offers over 40 campsites, picnicking, hiking, boating, fishing and swimming.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available within the following four districts: Oconee Ranger District, Conasauga Ranger District, Chattooga River District, and the Blue Range River District. Waterskiing is only available within the Oconee Ranger District and the Chattooga River District.

Directions

Driving

The Chattahoochee located in north Georgia can be accessed from Atlanta via your choice of I985, I75, I575 or State highway 15. The Oconee located southeast of Atlanta can be accessed via I75 to State highway 14.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 536-0541

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