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The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located off Highway 129 just inside the National Forest boundary. The campground is a scenic spot with easy access for either a weekend of camping or a quick hike to the falls.

There are two waterfalls which can be easily viewed along the DeSoto Falls trails. Trout fishing is popular along Frogtown Creek which flows adjacent to the campground. A mature forest provides the perfect setting for a family recreation getaway.

Campground Amenities: There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. Several campsites are located along Frogtown Creek. 24 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (upper and lower). Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground. The lower camping loop has a warm water outdoor shower complex connected to a flush facility. The upper camping loop has four chemical flush facilities. Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Reservations Reservations are not required. Campsites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees: Call for fees.
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
Open: Yearlong 24 hours a day. Quiet hours 10pm – 6am.
Camping at DeSoto Falls Recreation Area
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit. Maximum 2 vehicles per campsite. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 10 miles, or 15 minutes, in Cleveland, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

Water & Restroom Facilities: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground. One flush facility with warm water shower and 4 chemical flush facilities. No water, restroom open near site 17 & in day use area during mid-November through mid-March.

Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.

Chattahoochee Outdoor Adventures Annual Pass: $50 Available by calling Chattahoochee Outdoor Adventures at 1-800-251-4800. This Annual Pass is valid at the following recreation areas for day use activities only: Lake Winfield Scott, Morganton Point, DeSoto Falls, Lakewood Landing Boat Launch, Toccoa River Sandy Bottoms, and Deep Hole.

Operated By:
Chattahoochee Outdoor Adventures, INC. under permit by the US Forest Service.
DeSoto Falls Waterfall
More Recreation Activities
Visit DeSoto Falls Waterfalls. See info, pictures and a video of these spectacular waterfalls.

River and Stream Fishing - Fishing in Frogtown Creek with a State fishing license and trout stamp for native and stocked trout is also popular. Check State fishing regulations before fishing (www.gofishgeorgia.com).

Day Hiking - The DeSoto Falls Trail begins at the bridge in the lower loop of the DeSoto Falls Recreation Area campground. The trail is an easy to moderate trail. The Lower Falls are 0.25 mile downstream and the Upper Falls are 0.75 mile upstream from this point. For your safety and protection, please do not climb around the waterfalls.

Other trails within a 30 minute drive - Byron Herbert Reece Trail is 3/4 mile connector trail to the Appalachian Trail. Vogel State Park offers a variety trails.

Picnicking - A day use area is available for those looking to picnic along Frogtown Creek. Eight picnic sites are available, each including a fire ring/grill. This area can be accessed from the day use parking lot.
Contact, Directions & GPS Location
Fishing at GA U.S. ForestUSDA Forest Service, Blue Ridge Ranger District - Phone: 706-745-6928
Address: 2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512 - Office hours: Monday - Friday at 8-12 & 1-4:30 pm

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests - Phone: 770 297-3000
Address: 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501
Office hours: Tuesday - Friday at 9 - 12 & 1-4 - Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

Directions: From Blairsville, GA take U.S. Highway 19/129 south for 17.0 miles to campground entrance on right.

From Dahlonega, GA take Highway 19 north for 18.0 miles to campground entrance on left.

GPS Location: Latitude is 34.705706 and Longitude is -83.914975

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