Coopers Creek Wildlife Management Area
Coopers Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of Georgia's larger wildlife management areas. It spans over 30,000 acres. This WMA is located in the extreme northeast corner of Georgia and nearly borders North Carolina. It lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest. There are numerous outdoor activities within the wildlife management area. These include bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and hunting. A variety of hunting is available including deer, turkey, bear, small game and furbearers.
The trails in this wildlife management area offer nearly 8 miles of easy to moderate hiking. The trails follow old logging trails and new footpaths through a variety of hardwood, mixed pine and hardwood, and white pine and hemlock forests and through a variety of conditions, from old stands of large trees to a tract recovering from fire.
Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Coopers Creek has two primitive camping areas, 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. Visitors wishing to explore Chattahoochee National Forest should stop by forest headquarters to obtain a more detailed map.
Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Deer & Bear Archery/Either Sex & Bear: Sept. 11-29, Oct. 3-15 [Sign-In]; Firearms/Adult/Child/Either Sex & Bear: Oct. 1-2 [Check-In]; Primitive Weapons/Either Sex & Bear: Nov. 10-13 [Check-In]; Firearms/Buck Only & Bear: Dec. 8-11 [Check-In].
Turkey Mar. 26-May 15 [Sign-In].
Small Game & Furbearers Aug. 15-Sept. 10, Oct. 16-Nov. 8, Nov. 14-Dec. 6, Dec. 12-Feb. 28.
Picnic tables are located at the campground.
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 Dahlonega: Take GA Hwy. 60 north 26 miles to jct. of Coopers Creek Rd; turn right and go 0.5 mile to jct. of USFS Road #236; turn left and go 4 miles to jct. of USFS Road #4; turn right and go 0.5 mile to check station.
From Blairsville: Take Old Blue Ridge Hwy west 5 miles to Mulkey Gap Rd.; turn left and travel 8.5 miles to check station.