Chattahoochee Bend Riverside-Bend Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews

Chattahoochee Bend Riverside-Bend Trail is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newnan, Georgia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
479 feet

dogs on leash

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The Riverside-Bend Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park is a volunteer-built-and-maintained 5 mile (10 miles out and back) trail located near Newnan, Georgia, that features riverviews and is rated easy-to-moderate. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash. The first two miles are on the riverbank and feature creek crossings and a 30' tower at 0.8 mile. It intersects the Tower Trail at 0.9 mile. Two miles up the trail turns away from the river and meanders through hardwood ridge-and-valley areas, past former farmland, and though planted pines.

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.

25 days ago

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.

4 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

trail running
9 months ago

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!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

had a good time hiking with my daughter thank you

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Great trail for the 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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

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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