• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Rising River Waters Can Kill!

    Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »

  • Call for Water Release Schedule

    With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »

Flame Azalea

Flame Azalea

Rhododendron flammeum

Allyson Read

While azaleas are an iconic Southern landscaping staple, many of them are non-native. All North American azaleas, also known as native azaleas, are deciduous, meaning they drop their leaves in the fall or winter. Evergreen azaleas come mostly from Japan. There are also many azalea cultivars, which have been bred to achieve specific characteristics. The azaleas found in the Island Ford landscaping are flame azaleas- Rhododendron flammeum. They are named for their beautiful, showy flowers whose orange and yellow colors resemble flames.

Did You Know?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.