National Forest & Wilderness Areas
Chattahoochee National Forest. The Chattahoochee National Forest contains 750,000 acres of public land. Of this, 113, 000 acres are designated as wilderness. Primitive camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting are permitted in the wilderness, but mountain bikes are not permitted. The forest offers several hundred developed camp sites, picnic areas, hiking trails, scenic rivers, and swimming beaches.
Cohutta Wilderness Area. Public. The die-hard nature lovers will enjoy the 34,100-acres of national forest in the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Located in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee,the area contains the rugged southern end of the Appalachian Mountain Chain. Two of the best wild trout streams in Georgia, the Conasauga and Jacks Rivers, are within the wilderness boundary. Bear, feralhogs, and white-tailed deer are a few of the wildlife species occupying the isolated mountain coves and forested ridgetops. To preserve the wilderness isolation, access to the interior is by footpath only. It is an ideal place for backpackers and outdoors men.
Cherokee National Forest. With 652,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest offers dozens of exciting and relaxing recreational opportunities. Among many activities enjoyed by thousands each year are camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming and boating on Parksville Lake. The Cherokee National Forest's Scenic Byway, the first scenic byway designated in the nation, winds along Parksville Lake, the Ocoee River, mountain tops overlooking the Chilhowee Recreational Area and more breathtaking scenes.
Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area. Consists of 42,000 acres of National Forest timberland located on the Blue Ridge Mountain Divide in parts of Fannin, Lumpkin, Dawson, and Union Counties. Deer and turkey are present and the area offers small game hunting for grouse and squirrel.
Cooper's Creek Wildlife Management Area. Covers 34,000 acres of the Cooper's Creek Watershed in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Fannin and Union Counties.
Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Portions of this 45,000-acre area lies in Fannin County; hunting is regulated by Georgia DNR.