• 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.

Native Landscaping

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) visiting flowers of a native plant.

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) visiting flowers of a native plant.

David Ek/NPS Photograph

Native plants are an important part of any ecosystem-- they provide habitat and food sources for native wildlife. Within the park, there are 813 native species of plants. While many homeowners choose non-native plants for their gardens, we strive to use species that naturally occur in this region. Many examples of native plants in landscaping settings can be seen throughout the park- the parking lots at Johnson Ferry North and Paces Mill have recently been restored with native species, as has an area in front of the park headquarters at Island Ford. For more on the native landscaping at Island Ford, click here.

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.