Allatoona Wildlife Management Area
Allatoona Wildlife Management Area is one of Georgia's many wildlife management areas. In fact, Georgia's Department of Natural Resources is proud to say that there's one within an hour's drive of every Georgian. This WMA is located in northwestern Georgia and is only an hour's drive from the big city of Atlanta. The wildlife management area extends over 6,818 acres. Activities to enjoy here include bicycling, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and picnicking. A variety of hunting is available including deer, bear, turkey, dove, waterfowl, small game and furbearers.
Allatoona WMA makes up most of the northern border of Lake Allatoona. While there are no boat ramps within the park visitors are welcome to bring canoes and kayaks.
Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
All camps must be in designated campgrounds, unless otherwise indicated or posted at the WMA check station. Camping or establishment of a campsite shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 consecutive days unless the campsite is vacated and all personally owned property or physical features of the campsite are removed for a period of not less than 7 days. A new campsite may not be re-established within one mile of the vacated campsite. Loaded firearms are prohibited in camping areas, except for those with a valid weapons carry license. Campers are responsible for their own trash.
No person shall unreasonably disturb or annoy others through abrasive, insulting, or threatening words or actions, or disobey any lawful order of a law enforcement official, or act in a manner resulting in a breach of the peace. No generators, musical instruments, radios, televisions, or other noise-making devices may be used after 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m. EST, in such a manner that they may be heard by other WMA visitors.
Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.
The trail system, consisting of un-maintained primitive roads, provides a limited hiking network. If hiking off-trail, please take a map and compass.
Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Hunting is permitted. Be sure to read up on the hunting season dates and limits, and hunting regulations in the state of Georgia. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnicking is allowed in designated areas.
Camping, pre-season scouting, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site.
From Cartersville: Take Hwy. 20 east from I-75, 5.5 miles to check station.