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The southern draw of Chattahoochee National Forest will surely entice you to consider booking an RV rental here. The 867,000-acre forest spans across 27 Georgian counties, with the Forest Supervisor Office located in Gainesville. A popular spot for outdoor recreation and exploration, Chattahoochee National Forest provides resources and educational opportunities for locals and visitors to really engage with the surrounding natural world.
Chattahoochee National Forest welcomes over 2.9 million visitors annually and relies heavily on its volunteers to maintain the 81-year-old property. But, the land has many uses than just recreation. The wildlife and aquatic critters rely on a healthy ecosystem to keep everything balanced. The timber industry appropriately thins the forest and uses everything they remove. By protecting the forest, the water quality remains superb. Take a drive to Chattahoochee National Forest in your camper rental to experience this multipurpose forest for yourself.
The Chattahoochee Forest is split into four ranger districts: Blue Ridge, Chattooga River, Conasauga, and Oconee. While each has a very similar setup, there are some differences. If you have the time on this RV rental trip, visiting all four will ensure you get the most out of the forest.
One of the main allures to Chattahoochee National Forest is the hiking. There are well over 850 miles of trails that’ll weave you through the forest to all the must-see spots. Of those trails, some are designated for hiking while others for mountain biking or equestrian use. There will be ranging difficulty levels, but the views are outstanding.
A super neat fact about Chattahoochee is that there are 16 highlighted features found within the forest. There are others, but these are the most popular and definitely worth the trip. There are several scenic ventures like waterfalls, a lake, and outlooks. Drive your motorhome rental down the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway, or if you have an off-road vehicle, there 10.5 miles of trails for you.
The Track Rock Petroglyphs are perhaps the most unique location of the group. Here, you can view ancient rock carvings of the area’s earliest ancestors. Some sort of roadway connects all these spots, so you don’t have to physically walk the many miles in between them.
The Chattooga River is the spot to cool off or up your adrenaline. There is plenty of shorelines to cast a line, throw down a towel, or head out on the water. Boat rentals are available, and tour companies will take you white water rafting if that’s on the to-do list.
Three of the four districts have RV-accessible campgrounds. Each varies in size, amenities, and what you see when you walk out your door. The developed campgrounds allow Chattahoochee National Forest campers access to water and electrical hookups, showers, and bathrooms. The recreation options available at your chosen campground will all depend on which district you’re in, not that it’s a far drive to the others.
In the off chance, all the campgrounds are filled to capacity, or you don’t feel like revolving the whole trip around the forest, there are plenty of campground choices in the surrounding towns of Blue Ridge and Blairsville. From rustic to full service, the choice is yours for the taking.
The mountain towns surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest are all very charming. Blue Ridge has a huge arts community and often hosts performances and festivals. It also has a very active brewery scene and plenty to keep those youngins entertained. Blairsville maintains a historic feel riddled with farmers' markets and moonshine. Gainsville is a very hospitable place with a vibrant nightlife and well-known for its Lake Lanier Olympic Park. But, this is just to name a few. After all, Chattahoochee National Forest grows through 27 counties.
Major city hubs Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, are all within a 1.5-hour drive of Chattahoochee National Forest. Experience the thrill of the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, various museums, zoos and aquariums, and an amusement park in Chattanooga. Not to mention, this is a great opportunity to take your rental RV to another state.
Atlanta has quite the mix of sights, from the Centennial Olympic Park to the World of Coca-Cola and everything in between. The downtown is filled with shops, restaurants, and options for a night on the town. This city has historical significance and invites you to learn more, specifically about Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the city life becomes too busy for you, simply retreat back into the Chattahoochee National Forest. With the forest being so large, no one will even know you’re there if you don’t want them to.