Deer hunting season begins in the Georgia mountains in October. Other hunting seasons occur through the year. We encourage hikers to take extra precautions when hiking in north Georgia particularly in the autumn months. Wear a blaze orange hat and jacket or pack cover, hike in groups, and be particularly cautious in the early morning or at dusk when visibility isn't as good. For more information about hunting seasons and locations, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests have announced the launch of their mobile app with up-to-date information about the two Forests in Georgia including information about hiking, biking, camping, facilities, etc in and around 49 recreation sites. The free app is available for both Apple and Android smart phones and tablets. For more information, see the C-ONF website.
The U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with a variety of forest user groups, has created a working group of forest users to develop trail systems within the Forest that meet various user needs, are maintainable on a long-term basis, and are ecologically sustainable. For more information on the initiative and the upcoming workshops and events, see www.cotrails.org.
See also the article in the December 2 AJC.
The Approach Trail is rerouted from the Amicalola Falls State Park Visitor Center to the top of the falls due to storm damage and reconstruction. Hikers can follow either the West Ridge or East Ridge Trails to bypass the area. More details are available at the park visitor center.