About the Trails Collaboration

In early 2011, the USDA Forest Service in North Georgia started a process with the public to better manage the trails in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests.

The Forest Service had an initial round of five public meetings in Georgia to talk with and listen to the people who use the trails in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. From these first five meetings, about 40 trail users from some of the major user groups came forward to work directly with the Forest Service.

In the summer and fall of 2011, teams of these volunteers developed action plans that spelled out the work needed to help manage, maintain, and further develop the trails of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. A working group of leaders used these to develop a strategic plan.

By December 2011, the plan and its five objectives had been written and approved by the US Forest Service. The plan was launched at a public meeting Jan. 20, 2012.
Link -> Strategic Plan (pdf)

New volunteers are welcome to join the process anytime.

You can read more about the entire collaborative process on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests website.

How to join

All meetings are open to the public. You can attend any collaboration meeting announced on this site.

Please use the Contact form to request more information or to join a collaboration group.

Our Mission

To provide a diverse, quality trail experience that is maintainable and ecologically sustainable.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. A diverse, quality trail system meets expectations of a range of users, is safe within those expectations, has a variety of terrain and routes, and is located in a natural setting. The trails include appropriate infrastructure that provides users access to a range of opportunities.
  2. A maintainable trail system has the long-term commitment from the public, volunteers and the agency.  Resources, including financial and volunteer, are available to provide trail system management while protecting the natural and cultural resources.
  3. An ecologically sustainable trail is maintained so negative impacts to natural resources are minimized to acceptable limits.  Any new trails or reroutes will need to be properly designed and constructed.

About this Website

This is the place that forest users asked for: a single site where everyone can meet, talk, discuss, share information.

You can comment or register with just an email address, and that information stays private. Anyone can share information, feedback or questions by writing comments on any post. You can also offer to write a post for publication.

You can talk, or just listen.

Join in.