• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    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.

Dense Blazing Star

Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

Floridata.com

Dense Blazing Star, (Liatris spicata) is a native wildflower that grows from 1-6 feet tall. Its rose-purple disk flowers are clustered on a spike that can be over one foot long and is surrounded by grass-like alternate leaves. It blooms July to September and provides showy color for most of the summer. Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to the plentiful flowers (Liatris means "crowded" in Greek, referring to the density of the flowers clustered on the stalk). These plants are easy to grow- they are found naturally in a variety of places with moist soil- pine flatwoods, meadows, and roadsides. They are also a popular cut flowers as they last a long time and are also attractive when dried.

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.