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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.

Definitely worth the hike! The bamboo forest was the best reward at the end!

Super fun getaway from the city! We’re still searching for the bamboo forest.

one of my favorite hikes in atlanta. so many trails so you never do the same hike twice. the creek is pretty and good for dogs. parking is limited.

8 days ago

8 days ago

Nice flat train and the scenery is beautiful.

My favorite trail!!!

So many different trail options and you feel like you’re out of the city.

Ok this is my second review, because I have now ran this trail a few times.

1. Still need to pay attention to the trail forks or you will head in the wrong direction.
2. Watch out for the horse poo, shame those riding can’t show some respect for others.
3. Some sections are getting covered with tree leaves so watch out for rocks and roots.
4. Several people do this trail on weekend and most know and trail courtesy, seams common since but unfortunately it’s not..
5. One trail to run or hike, you will see lots of wildlife and the views are worth tackling this trailer.

Beautiful quiet trails! A bit busy near the start along the river, but we started to the right going up the mountain and saw a cool overlook over the river with kayakers. Our pup loved it!

My husband and I loved hiking this trail. In total we did 5.8 miles but took a couple extra routes. You can make it as long or short as you like! To start, it is incredibly beautiful. I mean you have views of the river, water features, a bamboo forest, and some elevation which we really liked. I would say this is a moderate trail and can be tough at times for kids, but nothing they can’t handle. There’s lots of dogs off leash so if your dog is aggressive this is not the trail for you. I would highly suggest this trail to anyone that wants to be in the city but feel completely immersed in nature! Ps. The bamboo forest is by Trail marker E26.

The footbridge was washed out by the Paddle Shack which obstructed entry to the trail segment alongside the river. The hilltop trail was confusing at times. Nice park though.

There are a few trails that are not mapped. My dog and I always go during a weekday and usually there are not a whole lot of people that we run into, especially on these secret hidden trails. There is one trail that is on the very north side almost to the final mapped point where I put a few sticks to make the trail apparent. This trail leads to an old overgrown well and rusted steel cord crank that looks like it was used at one point to haul timber. Another trail that is not marked splits off on the northern trail that runs next to the creek. This trail leads to a rusted wheel barrow looking piece and will lead up the hill to a deer trail where my dog and I saw a 2-point buck. You can really spend all day there with how many mapped and un-mapped trails there are.

Very easy and scenic! Almost no inclination unless you veer off into the woods by the creek instead of keeping alongside the river. (Even then it’s still pretty easy.) There’s a few great spots for setting up a hammock as well.

Also most people let their dogs off their leash but I’ve never had a problem aside from someone losing their dog in the woods.

Good trail to hike with lots of views and lots of trail maps. If running keep left at first two forks otherwise you will be running other side trails. If you want to step it up start at the top of the dam.

Great trail! So many options for walking, jogging, biking. Kid friendly & pet friendly!

We pretended we were in a jurassic wonderland during the last few half-miles of this trail. Downed trees and big leaves made this a harrowingly beautiful experience. The river was filled to the brim and flowed as a river should. Exactly as nature intended.

I did a slightly different loop, so it was 4 miles with the same path in and out along the river. Nice hike. No bamboo.

Too busy of a parking lot, the start of the trail is a huge gravel path full of runners. The hike crisscrosses a gas easement.

Low traffic trail with nice shade that goes along the river.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great ride. It’s a good work out

1 month ago

Options for bilking/hiking and hiking only. Limited parking.

1 month ago

Not a good experience, too much jungle.

2 months ago

Good easy hike. Once you're down to the river you can go off trail and it gets way more challenging!

I love spending time in the creek. It’s really close to my house, and I come here to get away. It’s usually fairly quiet especially if you walk far enough down the creek. Perfect for what it is, a little tucked away spot in the woods in a populated area.

Enjoyed trail.

Great trail with a wonderful view of the Chattahoochee River. The scenery of the whole trail is beautiful!

2 months ago

Nice trail within city, easy to get to.

2 months ago

Nice morning hike. Parking fills up quickly.

trail running
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this loop. Well-marked the whole way around and it's got just enough elevation changes to feel like you did something. Will be returning!

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