• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    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.

Swamp Sunflower

Swamp Sunflower

Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)

Steve Christman, http://www.floridata.com/ref/H/heli_ang.cfm

Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a perennial herb that grows up to 6 feet tall. Its disk flowers are purplish-brown and are surrounded by golden ray flowers with a diameter of 2-3 inches. From its common name, we can tell about what habitat the Swamp Sunflower likes best. It prefers wet soil (hense the "swamp") and full sun ("sunflower"). Its native habitat is in floodplains and in bottomlands. It blooms later in the year, and brings a cheerful splash of color in late summer and well into the fall while many other plants are dying back. Swamp Sunflower is also a food source for birds and native bees.

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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.