Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
The Cohutta Wildlife Management Area is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area along good gravel roads in the southern part of the WMA, but the whole area is worth exploring for those with the time and curiosity. This WMA is encompassed within Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness area, which is the state's second largest wilderness area. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. They run from Fannin County northeast to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where they are known as the Smoky Mountains, and once bordered a prehistoric ocean. It is from these mountains that the Cohutta WMA gets its name.
Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Cohutta has two designated primitive campgrounds, 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 7 days. A new campsite may not be re-established within 1 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 is largely un-maintained roads and limited foot paths. Those exploring off trails should take a map and compass. Those wishing to hike within the Chattahoochee National Forest should stop at forest headquarters for a detailed map.
Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Deer, bear, turkey, small game, furbearers and feral hog.
Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnic tables are located at primitive campgrounds and ranger stations.
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 Ellijay: Take Hwy 52 west 9.2 miles; turn right at Conasauga Lake sign; go 3.5 miles; turn right on USFS Road #68, go 2.0 miles to check station.
From Chatsworth: Take U.S. Hwy 411 North to Eton; turn right at traffic light and follow Holly Creek Rd. 11.6 miles to check station.