Upper Chattahoochee

By Johnny Malloy
  |  Gorp.com
Travel Time: Approximately two hours
Directions: Take I-985 north to US 129 near Gainesville. From Gainesville, head north on US 129 for 25 miles to Cleveland. From Cleveland, take GA 75 to Forest Road 44. Turn left on FR 44 and follow it to the Upper Chattahoochee campground.
Information: (706) 754-6221
Reservations: No
Fee: Camping fee is $8 per night.
Open: Last weekend in March through mid-December
Chattahoochee National Forest

We've all been to our share of poorly designed campgrounds. Here at the Upper Chattahoochee the Forest Service gets it right. This is one of the newer campgrounds in the Chattahoochee National Forest , and it shows. It is situated in a long cove along the headwaters of Georgia's most famous river and surrounded on three sides by the Mark Trail Wilderness. There are sites to please the all of the most discriminating campers - shaded sites, riverside sites, walk-in tent sites and grassy open sites.

Mountain bikers will love the seven-mile loop ride around the Jasus Creek watershed. It starts 4.5 miles below the campground on Forest Road 52. The loop traces closed Forest Road 44-C to head into the high country, then comes down Trail Ridge.

From the campground, it's a short walk to Horse Trough Falls. Hikers will want to trek the 1.6 miles to Poplar Stamp Gap and the Appalachian Trail. Here, the AT passes through a mature hardwood forest on the way to the Low Gap trail shelter.

Near the campground are several attractions, including the High Shoals Falls Scenic Area, Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area, and Brasstown Bald. All these national forest locations offer superlative beauty worth visiting. Grab a map before hitting the trail; a Chattahoochee National Forest map will make getting around infinitely easier.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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