Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

(770) 535-5700

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Overview

This is a 38,900 acre Wildlife Management Area within the Chattahoochee National Forest open to hunting seasonally and all other activities year-round.

Blue Ridge 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 northern Georgia within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The wildlife management area extends over 38,900 acres. Activities to partake in here include bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting. A variety of hunting is available including deer, turkey, bear, and small game and furbearers.

Map of Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.588280, -84.123001

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas and trails and areas are closed all day during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons and before 10 a.m. EST during archery and turkey seasons.

  • Camping

    There is one designated primitive campground within the WMA, however camping is allowed anywhere on WMAs on National Forest lands, except where posted otherwise. Forest Service regulations govern outdoor recreation on WMAs located on National Forest Lands. Camping or driving motor vehicles upon wildlife food plantings is prohibited. 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 seven 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.

  • Fishing

    The Blue Ridge WMA is home to the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery. Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. A fishing license only is required to fish on WMAs. A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.

  • Hiking

    The trail system is largely un-maintained roads and limited foot paths. Those exploring off trails should take a map and compass. For visitors wishing to hike the Chattahoochee National Forest it is advisable to first obtain a forest map from the headquarters.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas and trails and areas are closed all day during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons and before 10 a.m. EST during archery and turkey seasons.

  • Hunting

    Deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.

Seasonality/Weather

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.

Directions

Driving

From Dahlonega: To the Jones Creek check station: Travel 9 miles west on Hwy. 52 to Nimblewill Rd.; turn right and go 2.4 miles; turn right on USFS Rd. #28 and go 2.4 miles to USFS Road #77; take left fork to check station.

To the Rock Creek check station: Take GA 60 north for 28 miles to jct. with USFS Road #69; turn left and go 1 mile to the check station.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 535-5700

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