• 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.

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium fistulosum


Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosumis) a hardy perennial that grows 3-10 feet high and enjoys full sun and moist soil. Its hollow, purplish stem is unbranched below the flower clusters. The flower clusters are mauve or purple in color and are up to 18 inches across, although each individual flower is only about 1/3" wide. The flowers bloom from July to September and are a favorite of butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Joe Pye Weed is one of the few plants to bear the name of an American Indian. Joe Pye was an itenerant herb doctor who was active in New England in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Joe Pye is said to have specialized in treating fevers, especially those related to typhus.

Did You Know?

A Rainbow Trout before release - Photo by Russell Virgilio

All Trout have a protective membrane or "slime coat" that covers their scales and is their first line of defense against infection and disease. Damage to this coating can severely hurt the fish. Wetting your hands or limiting contact with the fish increases the likelihood that the fish will survive.