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Oconee National Forest

Hiking and Riding: Hiking trails are near major recreation areas. Three trails are suitable for horseback riding near the Ocmulgee River. The 1-mile Burgess Mountain Trail reaches the highest point on the forest at 645 feet above sea level, and is open to horseback riding.

Water Recreation: Lake Sinclair is a popular lake for swimming, fishing, and boating. The Oconee River is an excellent canoeing river, with the Oconee River Campground the favorite launching point.

Fishing: Spring catches of red-breast sunfish, particularly in the Ocmulgee River, are considered exceptional. Lake Oconee is well Known for its crappie and other fish.

Historic Sites: The site of Georgia's fist cotton gin an paper mill, Scull Shoals is crumbling ghost town near lake Oconee. Tumbling walls and other ruins still stand amidst the lush forest and quiet waters. A short trail nearby leads to two prehistoric Indian mounds.

Information provided by the USDA Forest Service

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