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Welcome to Chattahoochee National Forest! The Chattahoochee National Forest is located in northern Georgia and, along with the connecting Oconee National Forest, contains almost 866,500 acres of land.
Chattahoochee National Forest had its beginnings in 1911, the United States Forest Service purchased 31,000 acres of land the Gennet family for $7 per acre.
Initially, this land became part of Cherokee National Forest in June, 1920, but eventually would become its own National Forest in July of 1936.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is home to a wide variety of animal life. Among the rolling mountainsides and lush green plants, you will find many critters that may catch your eye. Different species of hawks, owls, ducks, eagles, blackbirds, sparrows, cardinals, geese and hummingbirds can be seen soaring through the air or perched in the forest canopy. There are many different mammals that live in the park as well! Shrews, mice, squirrels, weasels, and foxes can be found in the park, as well as coyotes, beavers, river otters, bobcats, deer, and several varieties of bats.
Today Chattahoochee includes 2,200 miles of rivers and streams and 450 miles of hiking and recreational trails. You will also find the trailhead for the 2,174-mile-long Appalachian Trail within the park.
Chattahoochee National Forest’s natural beauty and rich history make it more than worth a visit. Come for yourself, take a drive, a walk, or a hike through the park and enjoy the wonder that is Chattahoochee National Forest.
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