Explore the most popular fishing trails in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
5 days ago

A good run as long as you stay on the main trail; if you head toward the river too much, the trail gets rough and you find yourself going up and down muddy banks and crossing water on logs. The trail is well marked and, on the way back, I saw where I made the wrong turn. All in all a fun run, and I’ll do it again.

Not the most strenuous trail if you stick to the set route. Going off-path is a better workout. Quit trail with wildlife and a nice view of the river.

14 days ago

Great trail for days you want to get outside but take it easy. Beautiful scenery makes you forget that you are in a city.

18 days ago

Hard to believe this is in the middle of a city. The path is easy to navigate and has enough elevation changes to keep it fun but not overly strenuous.

18 days ago

Beautiful trail with plenty of river access and lots of wildlife. We hiked right into a deer who was eating and watched her for awhile. We also saw a blue heron and a hawk! It’s a very easy skill level, just make sure you follow the map to stay on this trail. There are a few other trails toward the beginning that lead up into local neighborhoods and will add a significant amount of mileage and difficulty to your hike. We followed the trail all the way down to the local fish hatchery. If you go down into the hatchery there is also a short nature trail there.

This is a beautiful trail for spring, lots of wildflowers and the woods are so dense and green! Most of the trail is close enough to hear the river, so it’s very peaceful, and there are plenty of side paths that go directly to the edge for nice views. If you hike with dogs, note that they are only allowed on Bowman’s Island Trail, which is managed by the National Parks and costs $5 to access. If you want to visit the base of Buford Dam, that area is right down the same road but managed by the Army Corps, so pets aren’t allowed there.

27 days ago

LOVE this trail - been using it for many years. Great elevation and sight-seeing. You will forget you’re within city limits. Lightly trafficked during the weekday, mornings and afternoons; moderate after work hours and on weekends.

Low traffic. Very peaceful. Nice elevation changes. Quiet. Sounds and views of the river.

Easy hike with lots of trail options. Dog and kid friendly.

No one else on trail when I went in late fall. Looked like it was a summer destination with all the swimming holes. Nice hike a little bit of grade change.

4 months ago

This park is close to my office. I was able to go on a quick 2 mile hike in just under an hour. Most of the trail that I followed was pretty easy except between WP4 & WP5. That’s a killer hill!

some great hidden trails that aren't mapped

Great hiking. Went off the beaten track. Lots to explore. Will be back.

Great for trail running. Or hiking

August 27 great day for a tea walk!!

9 months ago

We where testing out some new gear so we had full packs even though we were not camping. We found the trail to be very easy with the exception of a small portion that we hiked that was not or atleast appeared to not be part of the main trail. Compared to other trails in the area it was nice but compared to other trails elsewhere it was a little lackluster. We went early on a Saturday and there was little to no people on the trail but by noon it started to become somewhat crowded in the small parking lot.

It's a pretty trail in the forest near the river. It's very flat and an easy loop.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Really nice trail, I bet it's beautiful in the spring. Loved being able to sit at the end and just watch the birds in the river. Really peaceful.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Well maintained and marked; not too technical; always heard traffic; overall good experience

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great park except for some pit bulls off leash with kids and small dogs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The West Palisades trail is a good hike to do if you are looking for something centrally located and that won't take too long. I enjoyed that there were many different terrains and that there was a good bit of variety. There were elevation changes, rock paths, concrete, views of the river, etc. The trail was also fairly bustling with many people and pets (this is not the trail for you if you are not a dog lover!).

Overall, I give it four stars because it was a good work out with nice views. I also appreciated the fact that it was marked well with blue markers throughout. The only aspect left to be desired was the fact that the river was only visible during a brief time and virtually no where to be found for the majority of the hike.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A nice easy nature walk by the river

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A short trail with the river alongside you. It's pretty level so good for beginners.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pretty Eeasy, a few decent views if you know where to look. Many variations possible, not very flat. Much Shade

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I parked in the day use lot ($5) next to Buford Dam. From there I headed across the river to the NW side of the Chattahoochee. There is one path that takes you up a little elevation and loops back to the trail that borders the river. I ran into a guy who mentioned there was also a trail on the other side of the river, so I headed back to find that. The east side trail had a bit more elevation. The trails are well maintained and have a bit of rock and trees to traverse. I saw quite a few deer in the hills along this trail. For a beautiful Saturday am, it wasn't too crowded.

Great trail for running or hiking. Dogs and it seems like horses are also welcome.

Monday, September 05, 2016

We hiked both the East and West Palisades' trails this weekend. We found this one to be the more challenging of the two. The bottom half of the hike has a lot if loose rock in it and is fairly steep.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Good trail that can have challenging sections. Scenic parts overlook the Chattahoochee river and go down to the bank.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Very well maintained trail with several different ecological systems. The main trail; along the river is flat with nice views of the river. you can also do a loop at the start of the hike with more elevation gain and lengthen the hike to about 5 miles. The trail is in the North Bowmans Island CRNRA park.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

nice short hike... nice view of dam and lake part of the river.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Short and sweet! Nice tree-lined river walk.

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