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Chattahoochee National Forest

Armuchee Ranger District- The major attractions in the Armuchee Ranger District are Keown Falls Scenic Area, The Pocket Recreation area and hiking trial, and Hidden Creek campground.
Brasstown Ranger District- A major attraction in this district is Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain. The visitor center and observation deck offers a view of four states. It is known as a great place to view fall colors. The area also Has many, well developed lakes.
Chattooga Ranger District- This district has many scenic areas to offer. Hiking, off road riding, horseback, riding, camping, and fishing are among the recreation opportunities here.
Cohutta Ranger District- This district has much to offer in regards to outdoor recreation. Hiking, off road riding, horseback, riding, camping, and fishing are among the recreation opportunities here. Lake Conasauga is a major attraction to the area.
Tallulah Ranger District- The well developed trail system in this district offers opportunities for many different uses. Paddle sports enthusiasts and fishermen will appreciate the Wild and Scenic Chatooga River.
Toccoa Ranger District- This district lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest, along the northern edge of Georgia. Scenic and recreation opportunities abound in this area.

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Fall colors in the Chattahoochee hills
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Fall colors in the Chattahoochee hills
Description - There are two National Forests in Georgia, the Chattahoochee and the Oconee. The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,000 acres stretching from the Wild and Scenic waters of the Chattooga River on its northeastern boundary, through the Blue Ridge Mountains and across the ridges and valleys of northwest Georgia. The Chattahoochee adjoins the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina and the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina to create one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States.

Georgia's National Forests are said to be a hiker's paradise. Winding trails lead visitors through scenic mountains and rolling hills, by wild rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. They also lead visitors through the history books: Spanish conquistador Hernando do Soto's futile search for gold, the United States' first frenzied gold rush, the Cherokee Indians' struggle to hold on to their lands, and major battles of the Civil War.

Ten wildernesses, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of trails enrich the Chattahoochee National Forest. The famous 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail begins here and hardy hikers don't see the end until they reach Maine.

Drive along the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, which tours the Armuchee Ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Several major Civil War battles were fought in this area, most of them centered around the railroad, which stretched from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia. The Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway is a good place to view fall colors. The 38-mile loop has many interesting stops along the way, including the Duke Creek Falls Trail.

Across from the Armuchee Ridges lie the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Conasauga sits here, the state's highest lake, at more than 3,000 feet above sea level. This clear cool mountain lake is surrounded by white pines and eastern hemlocks.

Don't forget to stop at Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet. Trails traverse the mountain and the observation deck offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Recreation - Hiking and Riding: With over 430 miles of trails on the Chattahoochee, it's hard to find an area without some type of footpath. From short day hikes to more arduous trips, for novices or experts, there is a trail for every level and purpose. The four long-distance trails on the Chattahoochee are great for backpacking: the Benton MacKaye (53 miles), Bantram (37 miles), Duncan Ridge (35.5 miles), and Appalachian (79 miles on the Chattahoochee).

Fishing: With over 1,300 miles of trout streams on the Forest, there are plenty of opportunities to catch trout, walleye, bluegill and bass. Lake Blue Ridge is the only place in Georgia to catch muskellunge. This 3,290 acre lake is bordered by two Forest Service campgrounds and has a privately owned marina for boat rentals. Nottely Lake, Lake Chatuge, Lake Burton, and Lake Rabun also touch the Chattahoochee and provide good trout and bass fishing.

Water Recreation: The Chattooga Wild and Scenic River is popular for guided raft trips. The Chattahoochee and Toccoa Rivers are popular for canoes or kayaks.

Climate - The climate of the north Georgia mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; there are no wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur most frequently in spring and summer but can occur in any month.

Location - The Chattahoochee National Forest is spread across the mountains of north Georgia. The Chattahoochee and the Oconee National Forests are both headquartered in Gainesville. The Chattahoochee lies around the towns of Chatsworth, Lafayette, Blairsville, Dahlonega, Blue Ridge, Clarkesville, and Clayton, Georgia, with District offices in these towns.

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Filed By: Scott (MountainMan) (Clarkesville, GA)
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Report: Short Hike to "His'n'Her"/ "Hidden Falls" from Bear Gap road in Habersham County, Georgia. The Falls have been popular with locals for generations as a secluded spot to shower in the wild on hot summer days. Hence the name. To get to the Falls, go up Bear gap road from Orchard road, pass Glen Ella Springs, continue up an incline and park at the blocked off old logging road on left. Walk about 1/2 mile down logging road and look for the small trail down to the falls.

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Chattahoochee National Forest, 1755 Cleveland Highway , Gainesville, GA, 30501, Phone: 770-536-0541

Additional Information:
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests - The Chattahoochee National Forest is spread across the mountains of north Georgia. The Oconee National Forest is located in the rolling hills of central Georgia, between Athens and Macon. The two forests are administratively combined.
Georgia's National Forests, Monuments and Seashores - There are two National Forests in Georgia, both headquartered in Gainesville Georgia. This section also includes the Fort Pulaski National Monument and the Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.

Chattahoochee National Forest - Official agency website.


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