Fern Springs Day Use Picnic Area

Recreation - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Fern Springs is home to historical hand-constructed stone pavilions, walkways, bridges, water rills and stairways. 

The area is closed to public use

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


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

Contact Information


809 Hwy 441 S Clayton GA 30525

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Driving Directions

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.

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