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.
I have hiked at his trail for many years and the trail has been upgraded to encourage more folks. Its a beautiful trail but i gave it 2 Stars because of the new danger.
Pet owners are leaving their PITBULLS off leash and there are a lot of kids and small dogs. This is a recipe for tragic disaster. I hope there is more enforcement regarding this threat.
I will start by saying this is already one of my favorite trails in the Atlanta area. We did Sope Creek via Cochran Shoals which is about 8.5 miles.
The trail is bustling, fairly flat, and had great views of the Chattahoochee river. Where we started we were able to walk along the river and get pretty close. From the beginning the trail is well marked.
Along the way, you will pass a small cemetery that lets you know you are headed the right way. About 4 miles in you get the view of Sope Creek and stacked-stone ruins. This is a nice place to take a break if needed.
Overall, the hike is great if you have some time to explore because there are so many small nuggets of treasure. Be sure to bring $3 for parking, and stay alert for the bikers!
Laura W. on Vickery Creek Trail
Easy, close to Atlanta hike.