• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Johnson Ferry Intermittent Trail Closures

    Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.

Georgia Aster

Georgia Aster, Symphotrichum georgianum

Georgia aster in bloom

The Georgia Aster, Symphotrichum georgianum is a federal candidate for the threatened and endangered species list under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Learn more about its candidacy at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's species profile page.

A relict of the upland-oak hickory-pine forests, it thrives when exposed to natural disturbances such as fire or grazing. It is, however, vulnerable to human intervention, including pulling, mowing, exposure to herbicide, and suppression of fires.

The Georgia aster is suffering in the wild due to its small, isolated populations and having its natural environment disturbed by humans. The park provides refugia for the species from development, road-widening projects, and conventional landscape practices that are displacing and isolating the few populations left in this area. Look for a population of transplanted Georgia asters in the garden right in front of our headquarters at Island Ford. The best time to see them is when they are blooming in October and November.

Did You Know?

Hickory Horned Devil

While many caterpillars make cocoons to molt into moths and butterflies, some, like the Hickory Horned Devil, bury themselves in the ground over the winter emerging in the Spring fully changed.