Pocket Picnic Shelter is a popular location for large groups that want to enjoy a secluded area. The densely forested area was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp from 1938 to 1942. Some remains of the old camp are still visible in the area.
Visitors enjoy the 3.5-mile Pocket Foot Trail that loops between the picnic area and a nearby campground. Interpretive signs are placed along the route, including a brief description of the area. It is a relatively wide path and a nice, easy walk.
The accessible picnic shelter is available for group use with a reservation. If the area is not reserved, it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The facility can accommodate up to 75 people and 20 vehicles.
The site is equipped with tables and grills. Accessible vault toilets are also provided. Drinking water is available across the parking area, in the main picnic area.
The picnic shelter is located off the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway. The area is named for its unique geology formed when water-soluble limestone was eroded over time, dropping the ground level. The surrounding ridges, which contain iron ore are filled with pockets.
The closest town is Dalton, Georgia, which is about 25 miles east of the picnic area. Dalton has numerous grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations available.From I-75, take Exit 320 (LaFayette/Resaca) and head west on Georgia State Route 136 for approximately 14 miles. Turn left onto Pocket Road and continue approximately 7 miles. The recreation area is on the left. The second driveway leads to the picnic shelter.706-695-6736N