• 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 »

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?

Pink Lady Slipper - An NPS Photo

Over 50 orchid species are found in Georgia, including several lady slippers. Their flowers are prized for their beauty and unique shape.