|Lake Winfield Scott Camping & General Information
|Overlooking beautiful 18-acre Lake Winfield Scott in the north GA mountains, this recreation area offers camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking.
Two camping loops offer 36 campsites on a first come, first serve basis. You can reserve in advance group-camping area that accommodates a maximum of 25 people. Hikers can enjoy numerous trails near this area, including the Lake Winfield Scott Trail, the Jarrard Gap Trail, the Slaughter Creek Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.
Fishing, swimming and boating (electric motors only) in the clear 18-acre lake are popular also. A paved boat launch is located near the head of the lake. Loop through recreation area is paved. Five pull-through sites and two double sites are available.
Each campsite is equipped with tent pad, grill, lantern post and picnic table. Drinking water, restrooms and hot showers are available during open season. The area has a few campsites that are accessible to disabled visitors, and has an accessible fishing deck. Restrooms are not yet specifically designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. Currently, the campground has limited services now. The water has been turned off, but there is a restroom in the day use area open.
|Campground Camping: The Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area consists of 31 camping sites neatly arranged in two loops (north and south). There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the both loops. See camping area amenities below.
Campground Amenities - Provides carry down access at boat ramp. Showers with Flush and vault facilities are available. Standard amenities such as a grill, picnic tables, lantern post. The north loop is available for tent and RV camping and offers 17 sites on a first-come, first-serve basis one double site and one accessible site. The south loop offers 14 campsites available for tent and RV camping and is available by reservation only.
Group Camping - There are 4 campsites which can accommodate up to 25 people and 8 vehicles. The group campsite shares the same sanitary facilities as the south camp loop. The group campsite cannot accommodate large RVs (tents and pop-ups only). There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the group site.
Reservations are Required - South Loop, Cabin and Group site Only. Call 1-877-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov to make reservations.
Fees: Day Use Fee $5 per vehicle per day. Call or visit website mentioned above for picnic shelter fees and camping fees. Camping fees vary per time of year.
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license.
|Open: The camping area is open from mid to late April until late October. Varies slightly from year to year. During winter months, drinking water is not available and the restroom is a privy. Only the North Loop Only is open yearlong. Open 24 hours a day. Quiet hours 10pm – 6am.
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground
Restroom Facilities: 3 flush facilities and 2 vault facilites
Passes: Interagency Senior and Access Passes, Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping and some day use 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.
Day Hiking - Lake Winfield Scott Trail. The length is 0.4 mile. This trail leads around the lake
Jarrard Gap Trail - The length is 1.0 mile. This blue-blazed trail begins in the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail at Jarrard Gap. A loop hike can be made by using the Jarrard Gap, Appalachian, and Slaughter Creek Trails.
Slaughter Creek Trail - The length is 2.7 miles. This blue-blazed trail begins in the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area and climbs gradually to the Appalachian Trail south of Blood Mountain. A portion of this trail is within the Blood Mountain Wilderness.
|More Recreation Activities
|Lake and Pond Fishing - Lake Winfield Scott is routinely stocked during trout season. An accessible fishing pier is offered in the day use area. Fish Species are Catfish, trout, perch, brim and bass.
Picnicking - Lake Winfield Scott includes 15 picnic sites. Group Picnicking - Large picnic pavilion maximum is 100 people and the small picnic pavillion maximum is 30 people.
Boating - There is carry down access at boat ramp. Electric motors only are allowed.
Swimming - Swim in designated area only. No lifeguard on duty at lake.
Recreation Activities Nearby - Blairsville and Cleveland are interesting towns to visit. Other recreation areas nearby are Brasstown Bald Visitor Center, Woody Gap, Dockery Lake, Waters Creek, and Desoto Falls. Vogel State Park is also close-by.
|Contact, Hours, Directions & GPS Location
|USDA 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. 19/129 south for 10 miles; turn right on GA Hwy. 180 for 7 miles.
Lake Winfield Scott Campground GPS Location - Latitude is 34.733820 and Longitude is -83.97433.
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