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Chattahoochee National Forest (Upper Chattahoochee River Campground)

Chattahoochee River Road    Helen  GEORGIA  US      706-782-3320 Chattahoochee River Road,  Helen, GEORGIA, 

Camp Information

  • 34

  • 34.78659,-83.78297

  • $12.00

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Reviews

happycamper30607

December 06,2008

This is one of the best sites in the USFS system in the Chattahooche NF that we have visited. It's far enough off the twisty, rough road to make it less popular for big crowds or big RVs (we tent camp). The sites are spaced and grouped nicely so that whether it's just you and your carload, or a group big enough to occupy several sites, there's a place for you. Bathrooms are vaults toilets that we have found clean and well-stocked all but once in our 7 or 8 visits. The headwaters of the Hooch are just yards away and the stream, not yet a river at only about 15 feet wide and less than a foot deep in most places, bubbles and babbles beside the campsites, creating opportunities for wading, fishing and cooling off on a hot summer afternoon. The first one in the last group of sites, right by the river, is our favorite. It's right across from the central water pump and near the bathrooms, and it has a nice "lawn" of grass on one side, good trees for hammock hangin on the other and a convenient little natrual ramp down to the river. On one visit, the trout truck from the local hatchery showed up and dumped hundreds of trout just upstream from our site. Not very sporting for an experienced angler of 30 years like me, but the kids had a ball pulling them out and eating them for supper that night. There are 34 sites here, none of which have any hookups, regardless of what this listing on Campster says. Each has a gravel pad with a grill, a table, a fire ring and a lantern hook. There is no dump station and no garbage receptacles anymore - all pack in/pack out. Small RVs do okay, but most people tent camp that I've seen or popups at most. There are about 5 walk-in sites and a group camp before you enter the recreation area proper. Several trails are around, including a .1 mile interprative trail to Horse Trough Falls and one that follows Henson Creek to the AT, north of the Chattahoochee River Road you follow about 5 miles from GA75 to the campground. There are also many truly primitive (and free) sites along the road that are often occupied. We normally get there on a Thursday afternoon to get our pick of the sites. By Saturday late morning, in season at least, you'll find it hard to get a site at all, much less a good one by the river. This is one of only nine Georgia sites featured in Johnny Molloy's book "The Best In Tent Camping - the Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains". Coordinates are N34° 47.1952' and W83° 46.9782'. For a remote, clean, well built, scenic campground this is clearly in the top 5 for our family within the USFS system of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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