• 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 »

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    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.

Did You Know?

Hickory Horned Devil

While many caterpillars make cocoons to molt into moths and butterflies, some, like the Hickory Horned Devil, bury themselves in the ground over the winter emerging in the Spring fully changed.