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Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway, SR 348 winds 14.1 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest at elevations ranging from 2,040 feet to 3,644 feet. It begins at the intersection with SR 180 in southeast Union County and ends at the intersection with SR 75 Alternate west of Helen in White County..The Chattahoochee National Forest is located in northern Georgia. The area of the Chattahoochee National Forest comprises 750,145 acres. The county with the largest portion of the forest is Rabun County, Georgia, which has 148,684 acres within its boundaries. The Chattahoochee National Forest takes its name from the Chattahoochee River whose headwaters begin in the North Georgia mountains. The River and the area were given the name by the English settlers who took the name from the Indians living here. The Cherokee and Creek Indians inhabited North Georgia.
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