But it’s much smaller, much different, much less well-known, and much more divided up than the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia.
While open to all uses (like all National Forests), the Oconee National Forest is absolutely more focused on hunting, horses, and timber harvesting than hiking, camping, biking, or any other activity.
And yet, the Oconee National Forest is –
- very close to Atlanta
- has much, much less use than any other district of the Forest (outside of deer season)
- has a unique, an increasingly endangered ecosystem
- the historic heart of Georgia – all the way back to before European Settlement
So I decided to start day hiking the Oconee National Forest. But I found that there is *very* little good information on the Internet.
Either way, I wanted the Internet to have more “on the ground” information, hence, this detailed post.
Here’s an overview of my hike on the Kinnard Creek Trail in the Oconee National Forest.[Read more…]