Best bird watching trails in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Georgia

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Georgia
Park information
Acreage:
749,689 acres
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Sunday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Top trails (34)
#1 - Mount Yonah Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
Users have suggested that when using a map program, make sure to input "Mt Yonah" not "Yonah Mountain" to get to the trailhead. Inputting "Yonah Mountain" will take you to a gated private road. Anyone passing unauthorized through that gate will be charged with trespassing and fined. This climb is challenging but it is one of the best views once you reach the top of the mountain. Afterward, you can enjoy a craft beer or visit the local winery.Show more
#2 - Dukes Creek Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
The road to this trail closes seasonally during the wintertime. There is a parking fee unless you have a Forest Service Pass. State Park passes are not accepted. From there it heads down a series of stairs and follows an old roadbed which makes up the better part of the trail. There are wooden boardwalks and stairs occasionally along the way. Most of the trail is wide and flat with switchbacks. As you wind your way down to the bottom of the ravine you get occasional sounds of the waterfalls. The first sizable falls are viewed from the trail. The last descent down to the main falls is the steepest part of the trip and the trail gets a bit narrow and steep on the side. At the falls there is a nice observation deck with two observation platforms with built-in benches. In the summer the creeks treat you with a natural air conditioning. Also with the high humidity there are lots of varieties of mushrooms everywhere which seem to entertain the kids. If you are looking for a full day, use this as a warm up for Raven Cliff Trail that is just up the road. Accessibility: This is a great trail for all skill levels. Round trip the trail is about 2.2 miles. The first couple of hundred yards is reportedly a ADA-compliant paved trail that winds around to an observation deck overlooking the ravine and Davis Creek falls on the other side. This asphalt, wooden boardwalk, packed gravel, and dirt trail is estimated to typically be at least 4 feet wide. The slope is estimated to start off steep (12% grade or less) downhill in the first 0.1 miles out. Past this section the slope is estimated to become very steep (over 12% grade). Trail goers using mobility equipment may need to turn around after about the 0.1 mile mark where the accessible viewing platform is located. There are stairs, very steep grades, and uneven surfaces past this section. There are edge barriers and handrails along the wooden boardwalk sections of the trail. There are at least 2 designated wheelchair-accessible parking spaces with access aisles at the paved trailhead lot.Show more
#3 - Long Branch Loop Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Three Forks To Hawk Mountain Shelter
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#5 - Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Cow Rock Mountain
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#6 - George W. Disney Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
This trail starts out easy bit quickly ascends. Once at the top there is an old civil war general grave site.Show more
#7 - Chattooga River Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 19.1 mi • Est. 9 h 47 m
#8 - Conasauga River Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 15.0 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
This is a great trail in a remote area for north Georgia. The river is beautiful, especially further north where it really widens out with some large boulders and rock outcroppings in and around the river. This trail would be a cakewalk difficulty-wise if it weren't for the river crossings, but those just add to the fun. The only difficult climbs are at the southern and northern trailheads where you ascend from the river valley up to the parking area. Be hesitant to attempt the northern portions of the trail after heavy rains. As the river widens, there can be a lot of water flowing after a day or two of big rain. Also, the trail blazes can be a little confusing around the river crossings.Show more
#9 - Appalachian Trail: Tesnatee Gap to Walesi Yi
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
#10 - Jacks Knob Trail
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
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