• 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 »

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?

Visit the Hooch!

That the word Chattahoochee is thought to come from a Muskogean word meaning "Marked Stoned." People have made the Chattahoochee River valley their home for thousands of years. The Cherokee were forced out in the 1830s as part of the "Trail of Tears".