Forest Service reopens some trails, recreation areas while others remain closed

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Effective immediately, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests has reopened select trails and dispersed recreation areas for public use. 

The opening of these recreation sites is consistent with CDC guidance and state and local government orders.

Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of ten or more.

“Recreating on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is an activity individuals and families look forward to experiencing every summer,” said Edward Hunter, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests’ acting forest supervisor. “We are working with local communities on phased plans to reopen additional sites and facilities as soon as this can be accomplished safely.”

Find maps and a list of affected recreation sites at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation

Guidelines for health and safety, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are available at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.  

The latest information about recreation sites is available at www.fs.usda.gov/conf, also on Facebook and Twitter at @ChattOconeeNF.

Effective immediately, the following recreation sites are temporarily shut down:

  • All national forest developed campgrounds, group recreation sites, picnic pavilions and all restrooms.
  • Appalachian Trail in Georgia trailheads including: Dicks Creek Gap, Hogpen Gap, Neels Gap, Springer Mountain, Tesnatee Gap, Unicoi Gap, Woody Gap
  • Trails and associated trailheads providing access to the Appalachian Trail including Andrews Cove Trail, segments of the Benton MacKaye Trail (from Fall Branch Falls to Springer Mountain), Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trail, Duncan Ridge Trail, Dockery Lake Trail, Freeman Trail, Jacks Knob Trail, Jarrard Gap Trail, Logan Turnpike Trail, Long Creek Falls Trail, Slaughter Creek Trail and Springer Mountain Trail.
  • Deep Hole Recreation Area
  • Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms Recreation Area
  • Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
  • Sea Creek Falls Trail
  • High Shoals Falls Trail
  • Panther Creek Recreation Area
  • Raven Cliffs Trailhead
  • Mount Yonah Trail Head
  • Indian Grave Gap Road (Forest Service Road #283)
  • Beasley Knob OHV Trails
  • Davenport Mountain OHV Trails
  • Whissenhunt OHV Trails
  • White Oak Gap Road (Forest Service Road #244)
  • Smith Creek Trail

Sites reopened as of May 7, 2020:

  • FSR 34 Dicks/Waters Creek Camping Corridor
  • FSR 42 Dispersed Camping Corridor
  • FSR 58 / Noontootla Rd. Dispersed Camping
  • FSR 28-2 Nimblewill Rd. Dispersed Camping
  • FSR 69 / Rock Creek Rd. Dispersed Camping
  • Padena Rd. Dispersed Camping Area
  • Fruitkoff Dispersed Camping Area
  • Dispersed Camping at Bull Mtn.
  • Dispersed Camping at Jake Mtn.
  • Lake Chatuge Boat Ramp
  • Aska Trails
  • Benton MacKaye Trail (from Weaver Creek to Hwy 60)
  • Duncan Ridge Trail (from Benton MacKaye Trail intersection to Wolfpen Gap)
  • Coosa Backcountry Trail (from Vogel State Park to Duncan Ridge Trail)
  • Helton Creek Falls Trail
  • Hemlock Falls Trail and Trailhead, Parking Area
  • Minnehaha Falls Trail and Trailhead
  • Angel Falls Trail
  • Keown Falls Trail and Trailhead