Lake Conasauga campground provides beautiful camping sites around Lake Conasauga, the highest lake in Georgia. The campground is open from mid-April to October. Campsites and the lake are located atop Grassy Mountain, in the Chattahoochee Forest. This campground and the trails around it provide visitors beautiful views of the relatively untouched Cohutta Wilderness.Views from this area provide some of the last remaining views of wilderness without urban development.
35 Sites – Located adjacent to the 19 acre lake on one side. The sites progress uphill away from the lake and into the woods.The campsites have a tent pad, a fire ring, a grill, and some have wooden picnic tables. No electricity is available at Lake Conasauga.
Author’s Note: If you want a site on the lake, I would definitely recommend getting there early, especially on busy holidays.
Fishing & Canoeing
Lake Conasauga has been stocked with bass, brim, and trout, all three of which can be caught fishing from shore, canoe, or electric powered boat.
A day use area has been setup next to the camp ground. Picnic tables, grills, and a beach with a roped off swimming area are available.
Trails near the Campground:
Lake Conasauga Trail
Directions to the Campground:
1. From Location get directions to Chatsworth, Georgia
2. From Chatsworth, GA take US 411 North 4 miles.
3. Turn Right at Traffic Light in Eton.
4. Follow this Road until the Pavement Ends, and it becomes a dirt road called Forest Service Road 18.
5. At Forest Service Road 18 continue until there is a left turn onto Forest Service Road 68 (note as of April, 2008, this road was temporarily closed for improvements, and travelers were detoured along FS 18 until following signs to the campground). Follow FS 68 10 miles following all signs indicating the direction of the Campground.
6. Alternatively, one could take US 52 from Ellijay west to Forest Service Road 18. Continue on FS 18 to the FS 68 junction, and follow FS 68 to the Campground.
Author’s Note: Lake Conasauga Campground is not an easy campground to get to. It requires driving on some somewhat harsh dirt roads. While it is possible to make it up and down the mountain in a standard car, I would recommend using a vehicle with higher clearance if possible, or be prepared for a very slow bumpy drive.
My experience at Lake Conasauga:
Camping at Lake Conasauga was a very enjoyable experience. I stayed on a tent pad on the lake shore. During my stay, I enjoyed fishing, canoeing, hiking, and relaxing by a fire right on the lake. It should be noted that this campground does seem to be concerned with black bears. While no bears were seen during my stay, the volunteers at the campground said they been known to enter the campground in search of food. As such, it is necessary to store your food in your car or bear lockers. This is not problematic at this site, however, as you can park your car right next to the tent pad.
Please feel free to leave any advice, comments, or questions about this Campground, and I will try to answer anything I can about my experiences there.