Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area preserves a series of sites between Atlanta in the United States and Lake Sidney Lanier along the Chattahoochee River. The 48-mile (77 km) stretch of the river affords public recreation opportunities and access to historic spots. The National Recreation Area, a National Park Service unit, was established on August 15, 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. The park headquarters and visitor center are located at the Island Ford Unit of the park at 1978 Island Ford Parkway in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The Chattahoochee River is a stocked trout stream with 23 species of game fish. Year-round fishing is available with a Georgia fishing license and a trout stamp.
This is a beautiful area with lots of trails. Enjoyed it very much! My only complaint is the number of people on the trail who let their dogs run free. The trails were very crowded that day and about 95 percent of folks had dogs, mostly big dogs. It surprised me the number of big dogs that were running around loose - one pit bull mix came flying up to us and started attacking one of our dogs. Our friend yelled at the woman to "leash your dog" as he was trying not to get bit and to save his little dog. The lady walked right on by and never apologized and did not leash her dog. On busy weekends, this area needs to be policed and fines handed out!
Love the views of the river even while climbing in elevation, the stunning view of the city and river, and the jumbo leaves that litter the forest ground (in the fall) on the way to the amazing bamboo forest. I felt like I was in another state or country, definitely didn't feel like it was IN the city's perimeter!
Well shaded and beautiful fall foliage. We didn't have time to go exploring on any of the side trails so will update after my next visit. The main trail had moderate hills and turns. My dog is out of shape and this was a great hike for him. My only complaint is that it was very heavy with mountain bikers and on some of the blind turns they were flying by us. If you walk the main trail you must be very observant and be prepared to quickly jump out of their way. They were always polite but we're going very fast and some parts of the trail were narrow. Bikers aren't allowed on the side trails so we will check those out as well.