Re: camping and fishing

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Posted by Len Taliaferro on June 04, 1997 at 11:35:48:

In Reply to: camping and fishing posted by Jeffrey Nowak on June 03, 1997 at 12:32:19:

: I am interested in going fishing and camping in North Georgia and would like to know what parks I should look into. Thanks.

Jeffrey -- I've done quite a bit of camping in N. Georgia and would recommend Unicoi State Park near Helen as a good
central location. You can make reservations and I would recommend that you do so. Uncoi gives very close proximity to
the Chattahooche north of Helen and Smith's Creek at Anna Ruby Falls which is immediately west of the state park. Duke's
Creek is close. In addition, it's also very close to Unicoi Outfitters, the sponsor of NGTO and you can get great information
on where to go and what flies to use. They have an excellent supply of flies and other fishing accessories. The Tallulah
River, Tate Branch and Coleman River are a short drive from the state park as is Wildcat Creek.

If Unicoi is full, consider Rabun Beach, a forestry service campground at Rabun Lake. I've never found it full and it has
excellent facilities. No trout water in the immediate vicinity but many streams nearby. Rabun Beach is about 20 minutes
East of Unicoi. I would not consider the State park at Lake Burton. It's usually overcrowded and noisy. There's another
state park north of Clayton which would give you access to the streams in the northeast corner of the state as well as
access to trout fishing in North and South Carolina. I've never been there but info looks interesting. I also would not
recommend Vogel State Park because of crowds though I understand a small trout stream runs through it and trout are stocked
in the campground lake.

If all else fails, primative camping is allowed in the national forests and there are some great places along the Chattahoochie
north of Helen.

I'm sure there are others who camp in the area more frequently than I do who also can recommend some good spots. Good Luck!


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