Join us for Georgia ForestWatch's annual Fall Retreat and membership meeting at Vogel State Park, and learn more about what ForestWatch is doing to protect Georgia's national forests. Vogel State Park is one of Georgia's oldest parks with stunning mountain views of Blood and Slaughter Mountains. It will be a wonderful weekend of hikes, community building, informative presentations and discussions, and socializing with old friends and new.

Hear Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle's update on the Georgia's Mountain Treasures project, followed by an interactive Q&A session with national forest experts, including attorneys Patrick Hunter and Sam Evans from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Our panel will discuss how the current political climate may impact our national forests in general, and the Southern Appalachians in particular, and what regional groups like Georgia ForestWatch can do. Our main program starts on S aturday at 10:00AM.

Saturday afternoon you can relax on the banks of Vogel's Lake Trahlyta or participate in some of our activities. These include a talk and walk on useful plants of the Cherokees by Mark Warren, a botany stroll with Linda Chafin, and a tree identification hike with Jess Riddle.

This is a retreat you will not want to miss! Come just for the day, or stay over Friday and Saturday nights.

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones who share your interests and dedication to protecting Georgia's mountain forests! We have a great collection of raffle items including Patagonia clothing, a bi-plane ride with Cal Tax, handcrafted pottery and baskets by local artisans, and much more. Thank you to all of our generous donors!

Cost: $25/person, $40/couple, $15/students. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Includes all programming, light breakfasts, drinks, one-pot lunch, and BBQ dinner, with vegetarian options provided.

To Reserve Your Spot

Space is limited, so be sure to register for this fun event online here, call our office at 706-867-0051, or email us at Some campsites are still available.

We can't wait to see you there!


The annual membership meeting will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at Vogel State Park in conjunction with our annual Fall Retreat.  In accordance with our bylaws, members have the opportunity to elect or affirm two At-Large Directors during this meeting.  If you would like more information about the process, please contact our office at or at 706-867-0051.