• 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.

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.

Did You Know?

Great Blue Heron hunting for food - Photo by Tom Wilson

Great Blue Herons stand up to four feet tall and have special feathers that dissolve into powder. They use a serrated middle claw to distribute the powder which they use for preening or cleaning themselves.