Camp Frank D. Merrill
Camp Frank D. Merrill is home to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion (est. 1952) and the mountain phase of the U.S. Army Ranger School. Named in honor of Major General Frank D. Merrill, commander of one of the first Ranger units (Merrill’s Marauders in World War II), the camp’s 290 acres are located at the base of the North Georgia Mountains near the Appalachian Trail.
Almost every war that has been fought since the start of recorded history has included some type of mountain operations, therefore the knowledge gained at Camp Frank D. Merrill is crucial for both survival and operational success.
The Ranger community regularly participates in local events such as the Fourth of July Family Day Celebration, Veteran’s Day activities at Lumpkin County High School, Memorial Day ceremonies, and various Parades.
Camp Merrill is also home to many hiking, running, and biking trails (on and off road) through the Chattahoochee National Forest.
The Camp Frank D. Merrill Museum building is an exact replica of the original hutments that were used as student barracks as a historical monument and museum. The Museum was dedicated in 1994 to the officers and non-commissioned Officers of the Mountain Ranger Training Camp from 1952 to Present. Besides the array of trails and the extraordinary scenery surrounding Camp Merrill, the Camp Museum provides a fascinating exhibition of Ranger memorabilia that visitors may tour.