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Located along the banks of Rock Creek and far from civilization, this area offers camping, hiking and trout fishing. There are 9 campsites with picnic tables, tent pads and grills. Hikers can enjoy the Appalachian Trail nearby.

Frank Gross Recreation Area CampsiteAnother beautiful hike is along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the north of Frank Gross; this trail crosses the Toccoa River on a suspension bridge that is 260 feet long. Fishing in Rock Creek and Mill Creek for stocked and wild trout is popular. Good, hard-surface roads until you reach Forest Service Road 69; this is a gravel road and is crooked and steep in parts. Restrooms have railings but are small; path to restrooms is paved.

The Chattahoocee National Fish Hatchery is also located on Rock Creek approximately 1/4 mile downstream from Frank Gross. The facility offers an informational visitor kiosk, outdoor raceway viewing, picniking, and an Environmental Education Center.

Campground Amenities: 9 camping sites and 1 vault facility accessible for persons with disabilities. Also has grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc. There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground. All of the sites are within easy walking distance of the creek.

Reservations Reservations are not required. Campsites are on a first come, first serve basis.

Fees: Camping is $8 per site per night.

Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing.
Frank Gross Recreation Area Stream
Open: Open early December through mid-March. 24 hours a day. Quiet hours are 10 pm until 6 am.

Picnic Area at Frank Gross U.S. ForestRestrictions: 14 day stay limit. Maximum 2 vehicles per campsite. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 26 miles north, or 45 minutes, in Blue Ridge, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

Water: No drinking water provided - Restroom Facilities: 1 Vault facility

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.

More Recreation Activities
River and Stream Fishing - Fishing in Rock Creek and Mill Creek for stocked and wild trout is popular. Check State fishing regulations before fishing www.gofishgeorgia.com.

Hiking Trails within a 30 minute drive - The Appalachian Trail is approximately 4 miles south at the intersection of FS Road 42 and FS Road 69. The Benton MacKaye Trail crosses FS Road 333 approximately 4 miles north.
Restroom at Frank Gross Rec Area
Contact, Directions & GPS Location
Frank Gross Recreation Area SignUSDA 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 Blue Ridge, GA - take US 515 north for 4 miles to GA Hwy. 60; turn right and go 2 miles to Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on GA 60 south for 14.5 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 69 (Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery Road) for 5.2 miles to campground.

From Dahlonega, GA - Take GA Hwy. 60 north for 26 miles; turn left on Forest Service Road 69 for 5.2 miles to campground.

GPS Location: Latitude is 34.701446 and Longitude is -84.149406.
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