USFS recreation fee changes now in effect

As of Friday, March 15th, the U.S. Forest Service recreation fee changes are now effective at 18 sites on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests that includes areas in Rabun County.

For sites that are seasonally closed, fee changes will take effect on opening day.

Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve your national forests and grasslands.

According to USFS Rangers, recreation fee dollars help protect the land and enhance high-quality recreation opportunities. Sustainable recreation experiences reduce maintenance costs for taxpayers while supporting jobs and local communities.

The fee changes establish more consistent pricing for developed recreation sites for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Current pricing at many national forest sites have remained static for over a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites with similar services and amenities. Many sites have also received various improvements and upgrades.

As a result, many of the fee increments have been raised to $5/day instead of the former price of $3/day. Additionally, many overnight campsites (s) have been raised to $15/night as compared to its former price of $10/night.