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part ofCarters Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Woodring Branch Campground is located on Carters Lake in the north Georgia mountains about 70 miles north of Atlanta.

The sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, boating, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and picnicking.

Natural Features:

Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. It covers 3200 surface acres and has 62 miles of undeveloped shoreline.


Boaters visit Carters Lake to enjoy its solitude and scenic beauty. Whether in a powerboat or sailboat on the open water or paddling along the shoreline in a canoe, Carters Lake offers enjoyable boating experiences for everyone.

Fishing is a popular activity on the lake. Major species include bass (largemouth, smallmouth, hybrid, striped and spotted), crappie, walleye, bream and catfish. Bank fishing locations are limited due to steep shoreline terrain, but six boat ramps are scattered around the shoreline, offering easy access to the lake.

The Amadahy Trail is located in the Woodring Branch Recreation Area. This 3.5-mile loop is excellent for beginners with flat to rolling terrain. Bikers and hikers are treated to beautiful views of Carters Lake along most of trail's length.


This heavily wooded campground offers many sites with scenic lake views. Electric hookups are available at many of the campsites. Flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Additional amenities include a children's playground, dump station and laundry facilities. A boat ramp and swimming area are on-site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Sailing
  • Showers
  • Vending Machines
Know Before You Go
  • Sites 14 and 16 are accessible and may not be reserved by non-eligible campers
  • Campground hours are 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Vehicles may exit at any time via electronic gate. Camper vehicles are not authorized to enter the park after 10:00 p.m. Vehicle operators entering campground after 10:00 p.m. may be issued a citation.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.67056, -84.55
34°40'14"N, 84°33'0"W

From Atlanta, take I-75 north to Exit 293; follow Highway 411 north. Turn right on Highway 136, then left on old Highway 411. Turn right on Highway 282/76. Campground is located 4.5 miles off Highway 282.

From Ellijay, GA, take Highway 282/76 west for 11 miles to the access road and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OAKMAN  GA  30732-0096

Phone Number:

Information:  (706)276-6050
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