• Mist rising of the river at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

    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 »

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?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

The Island Ford Visitor Contact Station was once the Summer family home of former Georgia Superior Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930's, using timber from the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete.