Camping in the Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest

Camp these free primitive campsites in North Georgia's Chattahoochee Forest in North Georgia near Unicoi Gap north of Helen.

Nestled in North Georgia, the Chattahoochee National Forest covers 750,000 acres of rolling forested land with excellent hiking and camping areas. It’s here, along FR 44, that we’ve found some of our favorite camp sites in Georgia – a string of primitive sites with stone fire rings and turnoffs for parking off the side of the graveled forest road.  

Tent camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia

Streams converge and flow past the large campsites to meet with the Chattahoochee River downstream.  The sites, distributed along 3 miles of the forest road, are spaced up to a half mile from the next nearest site.

Tent camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia

The proximity of the sites to hiking on the nearby Appalachian Trail, along with the serenity that the private campsites offer, make these a perfect weekend camping getaway that’s not too far from Atlanta.  

Just north of the campsites on GA 75 is one of our favorite hikes, Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at Rocky Mountain.  Follow GA 75 North of FR 44 approximately 4 miles to Unicoi Gap, and hike northward on the Appalacian Trail toward Adidas Gap.  This 5 mile hike is strenuous but affords breathtaking views of the Chattahoochee National Forest from the top.

View from the summit - hiking Rocky Mountain along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

The camp sites are accessible by following GA 75 North from Cleveland 17 miles, passing through Helen on the way.  Pass Andrews Cove Campground on the right  – and several miles later, a sign for the Upper Chattahoochee Campground marks a turnoff for Forest Road 44 on the left.  Follow the gravel FR 44 along the road, meeting the marked primitive camp sites along the road starting approximately 2 miles from GA 75.

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Driving Directions

Note: Trailhead access is via a gravel Forest Service Road.

Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast.

He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.