John's Mountain Wildlife Management Area
This is a 24,849 acre Wildlife Management Area within the Chattahoochee National Forest open to hunting seasonally. 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. However, horseback riding and bicycling are restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas. Horse and bicycle trails and areas may be closed during certain hunting seasons to avoid user conflicts. Specific recreation sites can be closed as needed for management purposes by posting at the site. All WMA visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during hunting seasons. Refer to the annual hunting seasons and regulations to determine when specific WMA are open for hunting and what type of hunting is occurring.
There is one designated campground in the WMA but 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.
Fishing at Lake Marvin is allowed 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.
There are several hiking trails that traverse the WMA and National Forest. trails lead to lookout points such as Johns Mountain, Horn Mountain and Keown Falls. Visitors are encouraged to stop in at the Chattahoochee National Forest Headquarters for detailed hiking maps.
Deer, bear, turkey, small game and furbearers. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Picnic tables are available at certain information points and campgrounds.
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 Calhoun: Take Hwy. 136C north 6 miles to Sugar Valley; turn left and go 6 miles to Lake Marvin; check station is at The Pocket.