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FERN SPRINGS DAY USE PICNIC AREA, GA

Photo: FERN SPRINGS DAY USE PICNIC AREA
Status: Closed through Mon Apr 28 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fern Springs day-use picnic area sits in the lush forests of northern Georgia. It is home to historical hand-constructed stone pavilions, walkways, bridges, water rills and stairways. The diverse and secluded area is large enough to accommodate group picnicking and is available by reservation only.

Natural Features:

Fern Springs is cradled by white pines, hemlocks and old growth oak trees and has a large grassy lawn and rich understory. The conditions provide a wonderful habitat for many bird species and animals, making the area a perfect spot for viewing wildlife.

The picnic area was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recreation:

Lake Russell Recreation Area, located just five miles from the picnic area, offers a popular swimming beach and ample fishing opportunities.

Facilities:

The area offers three picnic shelters, complete with tables, benches, campfire circles and group grills. The site can accommodate up to 100 guests. There is also a large lawn space used for a variety of activities.

A parking area is located adjacent to the shelters. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cold Springs Access
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fireplace
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • The gate to the picnic area is locked; combination will be given to reservation holders
  • Click here for more information on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.56, -83.45556
34°33'36"N, 83°27'20"W

Fern Springs day-use picnic area is located on Highway 123, about 6 miles north of Cornelia, Georgia. It is accessible by turning east on Hazel Creek Road off of Highway 23/441. Continue east just over a mile and then head north on Highway 123 for about a half-mile.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FERN SPRINGS DAY USE PICNIC AREA
809 Hwy 441 S
Clayton GA 30525

Phone Number:

Information: (706)754-6221