Johnson Ferry Trail (South) is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marietta, GA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A wide path along the Chattahoochee River used for walking. Please note that there are two different trails with different parking areas and starting points. Johnson Ferry South and North. This is the South loop. From the parking lot West it becomes a very narrow path that leads through a nice forest and ends up on private property. To the East it is a very wide path along the river that leads to the now closed second parking lot.
Short and sweet! Nice tree-lined river walk.
Perfect for a walk with the dogs, great flat trail for a quick easy run. But you can follow the road out and go up to 8.5 miles
Just a quick sundown trail for an after work walk. Crowded but not too bad.
This trail is overrun
Flat and mainly along the river but without much of a view. The main benefit is that it is not as crowded as the nearby Cochran Shoals.
Johnson Ferry Trail is located at what remains of the Chattahoochee Outdoor Center that closed in 2006. The main trail is a very easy 2.1 mile loop however at the 1 mile point of the trail there is a less worn trail off to the left. Taking this can add quite a bit to the hike and the terrain becomes more interesting with the trail crossing in and out of a riverbed along the way. We hiked an additional 3/4 mile back and then turned around as the trail become hard to spot, you could go further back if you choose.
The return trip runs parallel to the Chattahoochee River and there are several spots where you have great views. There are also a few benches scattered along the return trail if you'd like to relax and take in the scenery. The main trail is kid-friendly and my dog loved splashing through the riverbeds on the extra leg of the trip.
Overall I thought the trail was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon without venturing out of Atlanta. As you get tucked back into the trail you wouldn't realize you're only a mile from busy Johnson Ferry Road.