Directions to many of the orienteering
locations can be found at the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Finding the orienteering event is sometimes half the
fun. We provide general directions to all events and set out
small orange & white directional signs to point you to the
start. But if you haven't been to a particular park before, we
recommend you bring a map and mark your route choice before leaving
View GAOC Venues in a larger map
in Alphabetical Order
Bert Adams Scout Reserve
Atlanta, take I-20 East to Exit 88, Porterdale. Turn right at
the top of the ramp. Follow Almon Rd. (becomes Crowell
Rd., then Rt. 653) South for 5.8 miles. Turn right onto Flat Shoals
Rd and follow Flat Shoals 3.4 miles to Rt. 36. Turn right and
travel south for 3.1 miles. Turn right on Boy Scout Road. The
Camp entrance is .4 mile on the right.
Davidson-Arabia Mt. Nature
From Atlanta, go east on I-20 to exit 74, then go south on
Evans Mill Road and Woodrow. At the dead end turn right on
Klondike and go 1.5 miles to the park.
Cactus Patch Military
Reserve (Fort Benning)
South on I-85 to exit 21, then I-185 to Phoenix City, AL. Take
US431 (MLK Pkwy) south to AL165. Go south on AL165 8 miles.
Turn left into Fort Benning and follow signs to parking.
Cochran Mill County Park
South on I-85 to exit 16/Spur 14
(Near Atlanta Airport). South on South Fulton Parkway approx 14
miles. Turn right on Cochran Mill Road. Park entrance is on the
left. Follow signs.
I-75 to exit 198, High Falls Rd. Turn left and go 4.7 miles
& turn right onto Mt Vernon Church Rd. Nature Center
entrance is 3.2 miles on left.
Creek at Smithgall Woods
Atlanta: I-85 north, I-985 north, exit 24, follow GA 129 north
to Cleveland. 3 miles past Cleveland right on GA 75 ALT (not
GA 75). 5 miles to park (Smithgall Woods).
Fort Yargo State
From Atlanta, take I-85 North to
GA Hwy 316 East and go approx. 21 miles to GA Hwy 81. Go
North on Hwy 81 for approx. 3 miles to park entrance on
Franklin D. Roosevelt State
I-85 South to exit 21. South on I-185 to exit 42. Left on US
27 to Pine Mt., then left on GA 354 to the park.
Gold Branch CRNRA
Atlanta, take GA 400 North to Exit 6 (Northridge Rd). West
to Roswell Rd and turn North (right). Cross river, first
left onto Azalea Rd. Turn left on Willeo Rd. then bear left to Lower
Roswell Rd. Park is approx. 0.5 mile on left. Follow signs.
Island Ford CRNRA
I-285 in Atlanta, take GA-400 North. Take exit #6 and go
West on Northridge Road, cross GA-400 and take an immediate
right. Go approx. 4/10 mile and turn right on Roberts Dr.
Island Ford is ½ mile on the right.
South on I-75 to
exit 237A, GA Hwy 85 (not I-85). Follow GA-85 South for
approx. 40 miles to Gay, Georgia. Left at the only red
light in Gay. Go 2.5 miles, then left into check in station.
From I-285 in
Atlanta, take GA-400 north. Go approx. 9 miles to the
Holcomb Bridge Rd
(eastbound) Exit 7A. Follow Holcomb Bridge Rd. approximately 4.5
miles, turn left on Barnwell Rd., then approximately 0.8 miles to first park entrance
Lake Russell State Park
I-85 North to GA 316, in Athens take GA 10-loop to US 29
North (approx 10mi), turn right on GA 72 East toward
Elberton (32mi). Turn left on GA 77 (North Oliver St),
go 1.2mi and turn right onto Ruckersville Road. Russell
State Park is 8 miles down on the right.
From the North
Take I-85 South. After crossing the South Carolina / Georgia
state line, take the first Georgia exit (#177) onto GA 77.
Follow GA 77 south approximately 30 miles to Elberton, then
turn left onto Ruckersville Road. Russell State Park is 8
miles down on the right.
I-20 West to
exit 172 (Hwy 78), follow Hwy 78 to Washington, turn North on
Hwy 17, follow Hwy 17 to Elberton. In Elberton turn right on GA
77 (North Oliver St), go 1.2mi and turn right onto Ruckersville
Road. Russell State Park is 8 miles down on the right.
McIntosh Reserve County
From Atlanta, go west on I-20 to exit 34, then south on GA 5
to Whitesburg. Go 2 miles past Whitesburg, then turn left on
W. McIntosh Circle.
Mistletoe State Park
go east on I-20
to exit 175, then north on GA-150 for 8 miles, then left on
Mistletoe Rd., 2.5miles to the park.
Paces Mill, CRNRA
From 1-285 in Atlanta, take exit 19 and go south on U.S.
Highway 41 .5 miles, left on Akers Mill Road. 1.15 miles,
right on Akers Dr. to park.
Palisades East, CRNRA
From I-285 on the North side of Atlanta, take exit 22 and go
South on Northside Dr. Go 1.75 miles to Indian Trail, then
right to park. Limited parking - Carpool
Palisades West, CRNRA
From Atlanta, take I-75 N to I-285 East. Take exit 22 off
of I-285, turn right. Turn at next right onto
Akers Mill Rd and cross river. Turn left in 0.7 mi on Akers Dr
at Water Wheel. Follow signs to park. From I-285 West.
22. Go straight off of the ramp through the first light.
Turn left at the next light (2nd light). Turn right onto
Akers Mill Rd, cross river. Turn left in 0.7 mi on Akers Dr at
Water Wheel. Follow signs to park.
Panola Mountain State Park (Alexanders Lake)
From Atlanta, go east on I-20 and take exit 71 (Panola Rd), turn right. Turn left onto Snapfinger Rd (GA Hwy 155) and head south. Turn left on Alexanders Lake Rd just past the Panola Mtn State Park entrance and head east. Continue 1.9 miles to parking area at Flat Bridge Rd.
Pickett's Mill State Historical Park
From Atlanta, go North on I-75 to exit 277. Turn left, go to
next light and turn right onto GA 92. Go 3.8
miles to Cobb Parkway and turn right. Go 1.5 miles to Hwy 92
(Dallas-Acworth Rd). Turn left, go 6.3 miles and turn left onto
Mt. Tabor Church Rd. Follow .8 miles to park entrance on left.
From Atlanta, go south on I-75 to Forsyth. Take exit 186 East
through Juliette about 18 miles. After you cross the Ocmulgee
river, go 3 miles to PNWR. Follow the signs to meet site.
From Atlanta, go north on I-75/85 (the downtown connector) to
10th street exit, then east to Monroe Dr. Park at Grady High
This is the parking area on the NE corner of the I-285 and
Chattahoochee River crossing. From I-75, go east on I-285
to exit 22, Northside Dr/Powers Ferry Rd. Go straight
thru the 1st light, then left at the 2nd light & cross
I-285. Continue on Interstate North Pkwy for approx.
3/4 mile and turn right into the parking lot just before you
cross the River.
Red Top Mt. State Park
From Atlanta, go north on I-75 and take exit 285. Turn right
onto Red Top Mtn
Rd and follow into Park.
Sandy Creek County Park
From Atlanta, take 316 to Athens. Get on the 441N bypass. Go
about 4 miles, then right on Sandy Creek Road. Follow the
signs to the Park.
Sope Creek (north end) CRNRA
I-75 N to I-285 East. Take exit #24 and go North on
Riverside Dr. to Johnson Ferry Rd. Turn NW (left), cross
the river and turn west (left) at second traffic light,
Paper Mill Rd. Cross the creek and go 0.5 miles, turn south
(left) into parking lot. Call ahead for bus parking
Sweetwater Creek State Park
From Atlanta, west on I-20 to exit 44. South on Thornton Rd.
Right on Blairs Bridge Rd. Left on Mt Vernon. Follow signs to
Vickery Creek CRNRA
Atlanta, take GA 400 North to Exit 6 (Northridge Rd). Head West
to Roswell Rd and turn North (right). Proceed approximately 3
miles to downtown Roswell. Turn right onto Mill St. (opposite
GA 120). Go to first Stop sign and turn right. Parking is down
past the Old Mill on left, lower parking lot.
Victoria Bryant State Park
From Atlanta, go north on I-85 to exit 160. Take GA 51 and 145
toward Royston. On US 29 at Franklin Springs, turn left to
park, 1.5 miles.
Watson's Mill Bridge State
to GA 316, in Athens take GA 10-loop to US 29 North (approx
10mi), turn right on GA 72 East. Go east approx. 16
miles, going 2 miles past Comer. Look for sign to park, turn right &