I was disappointed that you cannot access the river from this trail. The map shows the trail running right by the river, but there is such a steep dropoff and brush blocking the view that my dog could not jump in the river.

Flat easy trail for first 2 miles, then there are more hills, climbing, and creek crossings. This is listed as a loop trail but we hiked 5.5 miles then the trail ends and sign says turn around so our hike was 11 miles - a little unexpected. Nothing that interesting after about 4 miles, so just turn around there if you are truly looking to just do 8-8.5 miles.

Great park and highly recommend coming here. Quite and not a lot of people.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy hike

Nice easy hike but was not a loop, it was an out and back. 10 miles total on GPS.

Great trails! Although after 3.5 miles the trail has a sign saying that the trail is now closed and to turn around. In another mile it comes to a gravel road and I didn't see the trail again. I took the road back around, but it ended up being 19 miles around.
Also, google maps doesn't bring you to the right place, so just follow the signs when you get close.
Definitely recommend checking this place out!

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

If you are an avid hiker this trail is quite simple. Lots of ups and downs along hills. Nothing spectacular to see other than the fern filled forest towards the beginning of the trail. CHECK FOR TICKS!!!!!!

it's ok. just not much scenery. very easy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

enjoyed the hike mostly shaded and runs along the hooch like the new bridges takes some of the challenge out

had a good time hiking with my daughter thank you

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great trail. Well maintained.

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Easy trails, well maintained, with clean bathrooms at the park store. Great for small children. We saw armadillos, and a glimpse of a bald eagle at the SW edge of the park along the river. Several trails along the river were CLOSED, so slight bummer (Nov 2016). Option for camping overnight, but this was just a day trip for us, followed by antiquing in Newnan.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

It was a nice trail..we went on behind the office/gift shop. It was a nice long hike but not very challenging. It's close to home so I might do it again just out of convenience. Definitely well maintained.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Really enjoyed this trail.

on Turkey Hill Trail

Monday, April 11, 2016

love the trail. it was well maintained and the staff was more then helpful. the new bike trails are awesome to.

Great trail for the family!

camping
Saturday, February 20, 2016

It was great! Not many people ever and very well kept. I enjoy coming here to camp and hike all the time with friends and family.

trail running
Monday, August 24, 2015

I went here with a couple friends and ran about 7 miles of the trail. It's got a few hills, some pretty steep but overall it's pretty flat and follows the river the entire time. I greatly enjoyed the observation tower. The trail is also very maintained and clean - which is a huge plus for me, especially considering it's a popular destination. You will see a lot of deer - we probably saw about 30.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

This is our favorite park! We just finished a grueling 10-mile triathlon of backpacking, hiking, camping, and canoeing! My girlfriend tells me I'm full of doodo but I'm just telling you the truth. I would not lie to my Chattahoochee Bend friends. Really though, this is our favorite park! At the Ranger station ask for Jade the Naturalist, she's Awesome!

hiking
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We loved the park. Great trails, Nice amenities. WIll certainly return. Our visit was a hiking visit with dogs. Have not tried this on MTB yet, but it looks great.

Monday, February 09, 2015

wonderful trails.very wellmaintained.perfect Geocache adventure

very well maintained..towers are cool...Geocaches are spectacular

hiking
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Armadillo:People = 12:2.
This is a quiet trail with very interesting landscape changes. It takes about 3-3.5 hours (out and back = 10 miles). At the end of the trail is platform tent camping, so it would be feasible to backpack in for the evening, then back out the next day.

hiking
Sunday, November 09, 2014

Great Trail, very easy to follow and well maintained. No real issues at any point and I would say this is a bit more easy than moderate.

Be careful following your GPS driving to the trailhead, it may want to take you down a dead end. If you follow your GPS until you see some signs (Chat Bend State Park - with an ---> pointing the way) just follow those and go all the way to the end of the park by the boat ramp.

hiking
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Great state park. Very well-maintained park with lots of markers on the trails. Great hike for beginners. I only got winded once and it was at the end of the six-hour round trip. Good scenery, although I wish it would have allowed access to the Chattahoochee without clambering down the mountainside. If offers great views of the river, but it's about a five foot drop to get down to it off-trail. We opted to eat our lunch on a log instead of climbing down next to the river. Rangers seemed very nice, and one offered us a ride back to our car when we opted to follow the road back instead of doubling back on the trail.

camping
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I thought it was a nice hike pretty easy, I stayed in the backcountry camping, which was a pretty ok camping area, access to the river so kayaking to the camp is doable. The hike is pretty easy for the most part, some of the trail is unmarked so pay attention, for 2/3rds of the hike I was the only one on the trail both there and back.
It rained the evening I camped and hiking out found the trails pretty slippery, some of the hills especially.

hiking
Monday, October 06, 2014

This is a very nice State Park. The trail is awesome and fairly easy. There are some great views of the river as well as a ton of geocaching to be done. Very cool park.

hiking
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Pretty easy trail but a very nice walk and great scenery. Some steep moments as your go up and down to cross creeks, so if it is muddy be prepared to slide a bit. New and remote so I did not see another hiker all day.

The Riverside Trail's main access point is the south trailhead at the day use area, which is at the west end of Bobwhite Way. The first two miles of the trail are mostly flat with little dips and a few creek and stream crossings. A 30' observation tower is at 8/10 mile. The intersection with the Tower Trail is at 9/10 mile.

Views of the Hooch are spectacular, especially near sundown when the light reaches under the lush hardwood canopy.

A little over two miles into the hike the trail turns away from the river and climbs 90' to a hilltop. From there it meanders upriver along ridgelines. Not far beyond 'Rattlesnake Rocks' there is a trail and riverside picnic area built by Eagle Scout candidates. A nice ridgeside hike takes you beside a wetland valley as the trail descends to a stream. Further on, the hardwoods and pines give way to a wide-open vista of what was once farmland.

After a moderately challenging slopeside hike, the trail is mostly downhill. As it approaches the north end near the bend in the river, it cruises through several distinct ecosystems in short order, providing a quick-paced change of scenery. After a 1/4-mile run through pine rows alongside a firebreak, the trail ends at a gravel road. The river bend awaits you if you go left (north) up the road. But you must hike back on the trail. (Or float down, like I did... ;-)

The trail had been maintained by volunteers from end-to-end that very day, so the trail condition was great. Autumn foliage was just... wow! Saw deer, armadillos, squirrels, hawks, perhaps an eagle.

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