Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
HIGHLIGHTS: The Chattahoochee National Forest is one of two National Forests in the State of Georgia, and it takes its name from the Chattahoochee River whose headwaters begin in the North Georgia mountains. The River and the area were given the name by the English settlers who heard it from the Indians that once lived here.
This hike to Stover Creek Shelter starts at Three Forks, a nice flat area accessible by USFS 58 where Stover, Chester, and Long Creek converge. We followed the Appalachian Trail from Three Forks to the Stover Creek Shelter. It was rebuilt and moved in 2012 and is now a multi-level structure situated above the A.T. in a hardwood forest. The shelter is unique in design with four windows in the back and two separate sleeping platforms on the main level. A privy and a seasonal spring are located nearby. In dry months, Stover Creek is a back-up (and reliable) water source to the spring behind the shelter.