Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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David M
Portland, OR328 contributions
Warm, humid late June day in Georgia-- what a surprise! 90F with +60% humidity. A great day to go to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. As beautiful and slow and graceful as the weather. Walk along for a while. Rest. Look around. Take it in and enjoy it.

We come from the Pacific Northwest, where rivers and creeks tend to be in more of a hurry; the Chattahoochee seems perfectly happy to take its time to get to where it's going... and we were too!
Written July 11, 2021
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
We went to the Chattahoochee National River but the Cochran Shoals Unit. This linear park has several trailheads along its length. Cochran Shoals was a beutiful area and along with the riverside trail had a large swampy area traversed by a nice boardwalk. Loved the place!
Written March 25, 2022
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Shileria
Norcross, GA50 contributions
Family
I really loved this park! It was so nice to sit and just listen to the sound of the water. My son even found it to be relaxing! It was nice and peaceful!
Written January 11, 2020
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acartwr501
Reston, VA45 contributions
Such a beautiful natural area. Such a great day in floating on the river taking in all the beautiful sites of the flora and fauna! Too bad the National Park Service decided not to man this National Park. There was no ranger available to award the junior ranger badge to our daughter and when I called the Park, I got a ranger who said all the rangers were working remotely and my daughter wouldn't be able to receive the badge she worked so hard to earn.
We visited 11 National Parks on this road trip and all but Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area had a ranger available to award the Park badge to our daughter. This begs the question, what are the rangers at the the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area doing to serve the public?
Written July 1, 2020
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CathyP1953
Myrtle Beach, SC1,349 contributions
Couples
A video would have been very helpful to understand the historical significance of the park. The pictures and information found along the walls were adequate, but not detailed enough. The scenery was beautiful while driving into the park. I wish we would have had more time to explore the water resources.
Written May 22, 2021
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anmarigilicze
Debrecen, Hungary59 contributions
Solo
If you need some time off after work or in a weekend, this is just the place to be. I visited the river and national park last September and it was a refreshing time there. Admittedly, i just could not get enough of the sight of the tall green trees and the calm river with ducks having dinner... it was so serene.
Try it, i`m sure you`ll enjoy.
Written June 7, 2018
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Steve M
Roswell, GA59 contributions
Solo
I am a travel writer who covers national parks (npplan.com). I live it Atlanta and thoroughly explored the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area and have information about all the park units, trails, and the river that can be found nowhere else on the Internet except for my web site. I have nearly 350 photos as well. While the actual body of water within this 48-mile section of the Chattahoochee is owned by the federal government and operated by the National Park Service, not all of the shoreline along the river is under federal jurisdiction. Much of the river bank is private property and access to the river at these areas would be through the property owner’s approval. However, the NPS does own 15 parcels of land along the river, 13 of which can be accessed by roads. These are known as the “Park Units.” Each park unit has various amenities such as hiking trails, boat ramps, canoe launches, picnic areas, etc.

Believe it or not, this little known National Park property gets nearly as many visitors each year as does Yellowstone National Park, though the Chattahoochee River is about as mundane a river as you will run across, not particularly scenic or exciting. Nobody travels across the country to see it; it’s doubtful many people travel across Georgia to see it. It owes its 3 million plus visitors a year to the simple fact that it is the playground of Atlanta, one of the largest cities in the United States. But when you get right down to it, that’s exactly what a National Recreation Area is all about any—recreation, not scenic beauty. While some National Recreations Areas are beautiful enough to attract visitors from around the nation, most serve as a recreation area for the local population. The goal of any National Recreation Area is to preserve the area and keep it free from commercial development so that the people of today’s generations and all future generations can enjoy outdoor activities.

Unlike many parks where there are set things to see and do that take up a certain amount of time, visiting the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area is a leisurely experience with no set agenda that visitors must experience. People come to the park in their spare time for exercise and outdoor fun and adventure. National Park Planner gives visitors insight into trail lengths and difficulties, information for planning a river float trip suited to your time constraints and physical abilities, and the locations of historic ruins, boat ramps, and picnic areas.
Written July 8, 2014
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BurkhardNagel
Florida Panhandle, FL106 contributions
Friends
Pedestrians have to be very careful on the trails. Park authorities have marked special trails with NO BIKES signs, which had been destroyed by anonymous persons, then rebuilt. The bikers on these trails are somewhat rude towards runners and walkers. I had even the experience when one biker shouted at me to shut my f...... mouth, when I complained about his rude attitude. He was approaching me with high speed downhill from behind on a small trail and nearly gave me a blow with his bike. Trails are small and rocky in certain areas, so they leave space for one person only. A few bikers start to shout from a certain distance from behind, when they approach you. These trails are absolutely overcrowded by bikers during weekends and during the weekdays afternoons. This is no recreation area for walkers, this is a challenge to master for people who like to take a meditative walk out in the woods. The nature itself is truly beautiful, but because of the rude attitude from bikers towards people who like to walk, I can only give it a poor rating. Hopefully, the park authorities will find a way to stop these reckless bikers from threating harmless walkers.
Written June 8, 2014
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,493 contributions
Friends
Sope Creek is a 12 mile long stream located in Cobb County. It is a significant tributary of the Chattahoochee River. A section of Sope Creek runs through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The Sope Creek Ruins are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are easily accessible within the park's trail system.

There is a trail parking area at 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, in Marietta. The trails are beautifully maintained, well marked, there are periodic maps along the trails, biking is allowed on some of them, and all trails are easy to moderate. There is a 6-mile loop trail that can be completed in 2-3 hours. There is a $3 parking fee at the trail head and the parking lot can be crowded on nice days, and on weekends.

This is part of the National Park System. Wonderful place to go.

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Written March 22, 2015
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ozzielewis
Atlanta, GA129 contributions
We live in walking distance from this park and we feel very lucky to have such a treasure nearby. There is a flat, wide trail along the Chatahoochee under a canopy of trees. Along this trail are interesting granite formations which are like shallow caves. There is evidence of ancie t people living in the caves! There are also several trails in the hilly area that is next to the main trail. Here there are creeks running through the forest. You can walk or jog on the trails-just be aware of the tree roots that could cause one to stumble.

Many people fly fish in the shallow areas in the river (if the water is not too high) or fish from the shore. Dogs are allowed on allowed on leashes. There is a field at the head of the trail with a picnic area and room for multiple games of frisbee or ball. There is also a boat launch.

The ranger station has a lot of info and bathrooms and water fountain. The rangers are very knows able and can give you lots of background on the plants and animals to look for.

People often get lost in our neighborhood trying to find the park because on a map it may look like you can enter the park from the end of Northridge Rd. in fact, you can only enter the park from Dunwoody Place. (The road from Northridge has a gate only accessible for walkers and park ranger vehicles). There is a parking lot with either a long stairway or a long ramp to get down to the river area.
Written June 2, 2013
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