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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests


1755 Cleveland Hwy.

Gainesville, GA 30501

Phone: (770) 297-3000

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in northern Georgia comprises two National Forests, the Oconee National Forest and Chattahoochee National Forest. The combined total area of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is 865,855 acres, of which the Chattahoochee National Forest comprises 750,502 acres and the Oconee National Forest comprises 115,353 acres. The county with the largest portion of the forest is Rabun County, Georgia, which has 148,684 acres within its boundaries.

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Picnic Facilities and Activities

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests - BEST Places to PicnicCONASAUGA RANGER DISTRICT, Chattahoochee National Forest

  • Keown Falls Picnic Area and Trailhead
    • 14 picnic sites
  • The Pocket Recreation Area
      • 11 picnic sites
      • Parking for 12 vehicles
  • Barnes Creek Picnic Area
    • 2 picnic sites

BLUE RIDGE RANGER DISTRICT, Chattahoochee National Forest

  • Boggs Creek Campground
  • Deep Hole Campground
  • DeSoto Falls Campground
  • Lake Winfield Scott Campground
  • Morganton Point Campground
  • Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center
  • Boggs Creek Recreation Area
  • Deep Hole Recreation Area
  • DeSoto Falls Recreation Area
  • Dockery Lake Recreation Area
  • Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area SWIM SITE
  • Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area LARGE PICNIC PAVILION
  • Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area SMALL PICNIC PAVILION
  • Morganton Point SWIM & PICNIC SITE
  • Morganton Point PICNIC SHELTER

CHATTOOGA RIVER RANGER DISTRICT, Chattahoochee National Forest

  • Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area CAMPGROUND
  • Lake Russell Recreation Area CAMPGROUND
  • Low Gap Campground
  • Nancytown Group Campground
  • Oakey Mountain Campground
  • Upper Chattahoochee River Campground
  • Upper Chattahoochee River Group Camp
  • Angel Falls Trailhead
  • Dicks Creek Gap Trailhead
  • Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area Picnic Site and Trailhead
  • Frady Branch Equestrian and Mountain Bike Trail System
  • Panther Creek Recreation Area Picnic Site and Trailhead
  • Raven Cliffs Trailhead
  • Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area
    • 14 picnic tables
  • Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
    • Picnic Site and Trailhead
      • 4 sites with tables, grills,
  • Fern Springs Recreation Area Site 
    • Includes 3 picnic shelters, group fire ring, bathroom and paved parking.
  • Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area
    • Swimming area has accessible route from paved designated parking lot to picnic area; sand beach and swim area designated by buoys, bathhouse
  • Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area
  • Lake Russell Recreation Area
    • Large grassy area serves as a �beach�. 27 picnic sites, with tables and grills, are located on each side of the �beach� area. The bath house is located centrally. Paved trails wind through the area. Designated paved parking is available for about 60 vehicles. A group shelter is available.
  • Panther Creek Recreation Area
    • Picnic Site and Trailhead
      • -Historic area from CCC days.
      • -Two picnic shelters, trail bridge over creek, toilet, paved delineated parking, security, signage -10 picnic sites
  • Warwoman Dell Recreation Area
    • Group Picnic Shelter
      • Area has CCC Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables, fireplace, grills. Chemical Toilet.

OCONEE RANGER DISTRICT, Oconee National Forest

  • Lake Sinclair CAMPGROUND
  • Lake Sinclair GROUP CAMPING
  • Oconee River Campground
  • Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Recreation Area
  • Roberts Bike Camp OHV Trails
    • Roberts Bike Camp Trailhead Area includes picnic table, toilet, interpretive signage, loading ramp, designated graveled parking, trash Pickup.
  • Hillsboro Lake Day Use Area
  • Lake Sinclair Recreation Area
  • Redlands Recreation Area
  • Swords Recreation Area

Brasstown Bald Picnic Site

Directions: Take U.S. 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 8 miles, turn left (east) on Georgia 180 for 9 miles; then left on Georgia 180 spur for 3 miles.

Site Information: Paved roads to area, but expect curving and steep terrain, especially going up GA 180 spur. Check road conditions before winter travel.

Site Amenities: There are many steps to enter the visitors center; help is sometimes available for access. Shuttle busses are not equipped for wheel chairs. Vehicles with handicapped permits or licenses are allowed access to the summit. The men's restroom at the summit is equipped with hand rails. Drinking water is available at this area. People with a disability should contact the shuttle bus driver for assistance.

Requirements: The visitor center is open weekends beginning mid-April; open 7 days a week Memorial Day until early November. Parking lot and observation deck are open yearlong, weather permitting. Parking fees and shuttle fees are required.

Recommended Seasons: Spring through Fall.

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