Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Overview

The Chattahoochee River and its valley is a place rich in natural and cultural resources. Sometimes the river is clear, cold, and slow-moving, while at other times it is a muddy torrent, plunging through rocky shoals. The valley contains a rich, diverse mix of plants and animals that represent an environment much larger than itself. For centuries, humans have been drawn to this river valley for life's basics: food, water, and shelter as well as transportation and power to support the increasing numbers of mills and factories. By the 1970s, the resources that made the river valley a special place to so many people were being threatened.

On August 15, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the legislation that set aside a 48-mile stretch of river with a series of parklands to preserve a part of the river valley for future generations. Today the river valley attracts visitors for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature's display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, reflect on a mill worker's day as a chipmunk scurries over the paper mill ruins, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

Island Ford Visitor Contact Station at Island Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25th.

The park is open for day-use only from dawn to dusk year round. Dawn is defined as 30 minutes before legal sunrise and dusk is defined as 30 minutes after legal sunset. The sunrise and sunset hours are posted at the information kiosk located through out the park.

Visitors can expect mild winters with hot, humid summers. Very temperate spring and fall climate.

Directions

Driving: 

Northbound US 19 and GA 400:

* Take exit #6 (Northridge Road).
* Coming off the exit, stay in the right lane, cross over GA 400, and turn right onto Dunwoody Place.
* Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
* Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.

Southbound US 19 and GA 400:

* Take exit #6 (Northridge Road)
* Continue straight ahead at the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place.
* Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
* Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.