I’m going to be the odd duck here and say I didn’t care for this park. It’s new, so the facilities have that going for it, but based on the pictures and description of the park, I was a bit disappointed. By the pictures, it looks as if there’s an overlook of the scenic bend in the river. There’s not. There’s not really access to the bend per se, only if you walk a 4+ mile trail, then go off the trail to see the bend. When I was talking to the person in the gift shop and asking questions about it, she was less than enthused about trekking to the bend, saying it’s really not worth it. But we did take the hike to the scenic “tower.” You basically walk over a mile to get to what is a two story deck in the middle of the woods. You can’t see anything that different from what you can see on the ground… unless you are a bird enthusiast I suppose, because you are surrounded by trees that are taller than the “tower.” As a lover of natural beauty, I always enjoy a little hike in the woods, and I’m always thrilled when land is preserved . But I am a wee bit perturbed that they somewhat recently built this new park, when so many other parks and historic sites have had their budgets slashed and are not even open on Sunday. There are brand new buildings at this park, but they haven’t been thought all the way through… like the lack of water fountains at both the visitor’s center and the bathrooms. (You can buy bottled water, but that’s not really the point is it?) You’re out in the woods, and I for one can not give nature less than 5 stars, but what I am basing my review on is the totality of the facility and my expectations based on other Georgia State Park sites. There are plenty of other well established trails along the Chattahoochee that are preferable to this site. If I weren’t a friend of the Georgia State Parks and didn’t get in as part of my yearly membership fee, I would really have felt annoyed. Like I said, I am glad the land is being preserved, but as a visitation spot, I have to give this one thumbs down.
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