• 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 »

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea


Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a perennial herb with stems 2-5 feet long, droopy lavender ray flowers, and spiny brown central disk flowers. (The name of the genus comes from the Greek work echino, which means hedgehog) The blooms are long-lasting, and can be found in bloom from April-September. They prefer full sun to partial shade, and well-drained, dry, sandy soils. Because they are pollinated by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, these are a nice addition to a pollinator garden. Echinacea's medicinial benefits have been utilized for many years. Today its flowers are a popular tea ingredient that is thought to increase white blood cell counts, while Native Americans used it to treat a variety of maladies, from cough to dyspepsia and a variety of other diseases.

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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.