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About Pocket

Pocket Picnic Shelter is a popular location for large groups that want to enjoy a secluded area. The densely forested area was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp from 1938 to 1942. Some remains of the old camp are still visible in the area. Natural Features: The picnic shelter is located off the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway. The area is named for its unique geology formed when water-soluble limestone was eroded over time, dropping the ground level. The surrounding ridges, which contain iron ore are filled with pockets. Recreation: Visitors enjoy the 3.5-mile Pocket Foot Trail that loops between the picnic area and a nearby campground. Interpretive signs are placed along the route, including a brief description of the area. It is a relatively wide path and a nice, easy walk. Facilities: The accessible picnic shelter is available for group use with a reservation. If the area is not reserved, it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The facility can accommodate up to 75 people and 20 vehicles. The site is equipped with tables and grills. Accessible vault toilets are also provided. Drinking water is available across the parking area, in the main picnic area. Nearby Attractions: The closest town is Dalton, Georgia, which is about 25 miles east of the picnic area. Dalton has numerous grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations available.

USDA Forest Service
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
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Pocket is located in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia
34.586 N
-85.083 W
Get Directions
From I-75, take Exit 320 (LaFayette/Resaca) and head west on Georgia State Route 136 for approximately 14 miles. Turn left onto Pocket Road and continue approximately 7 miles. The recreation area is on the left. The second driveway leads to the picnic shelter.
5 Reviews of Pocket
Good for families and groups

The Pocket recreation area in northwest Georgia is named for lying in a low area surrounded by the steep ridges of Horn and Mill Mountains, and is the former site of Civilian Conservation Corp Camp F-16. Families camping here can enjoy the vibrant spring colors of mountain laurel as well as the brilliant fall color mix provided by mixed hardwoods. tent pads, tables, and lantern poles. Adjacent day use recreation area.

Nice place

This is a nice place beautiful quiet has a creek running through it 2 1/2 mile walking trail covered with older growth trees great to bring your family for a barbecue or stay the night there’s no power but it has water Great for small trailers I would try to stay under 25 feet my grandchildren played in the natural spring and creek pretty much the whole time we were there there is a large area covered for bigger functions I believe up to 60 people we enjoyed it

One of North Georgia's Best Kept Secrets

The Pocket Wilderness is one of the best kept secrets in North Georgia. there are hikes for all skill levels including a wonderful Boardwalk leading to a waterfall that hovers over some of the most biodiverse Wildflower specimens in the southeast. the pocket is also near the Stellar Pigeon Mountain Grill which features locally raised beef and local beers that will quench your thirst after a night hike. there are more strenuous trails to enjoy to the go up over and behind the Falls as well as some intriguing dispersed campsites especially my personal favorite in an old barn near a really spectacular Meadow with views of Pigeon Mountain. there are site suitable for hammock or tent campers but this is definitely more of a backpacking scenario than a car camping or RV friendly spot. Be prepared for a slightly rough road on your way in sometimes that involves minor water crossings. I've done it before in a Ford Fiesta, but low riding cars should be cautious.

Free family fun

I have frequented this area often over the past several years. It is extremely clean, extremely quiet, and, best of all, free. The campsites are first come first serve but all are near a natural spring. The camping area is a short distance from a modest lake and a stocked trout stream. The trout stream offers primitive camping first come first serve as well. This area is closes to Rome, Calhoun, Dalton, Ga and Chattanooga TN

Very unique little area!

POCKET PICNIC SHELTER is adjacent and within the Pocket Recreation area. Bring your water shoes, bug spray, towel and change of clothes cause the creek is irresistible!

Natural Spring, Stone work and a trail to enjoy while you visit.