• 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.

Parks For The People

The Chattahoochee River NRA is one of seven parks nationwide selected to participate in the Van Alen Institute's Parks for the People competition. The overarching goal of the competition is to generate new and innovative ideas for the design and planning for a twenty-first century conception of national parks, the experiences of their visitors, the sustainability of their infrastructure, and their relationship to the public.

Student participants will seek to inspire park stewardship by creating richer, more fulfilling park experiences. They'll consider the following questions:

  • How can design enhance park experience?
  • How can parks become more accessible?
  • What is "preservation" and how can it evolve?
  • What new ventures or partnerships could help connect parks to people?
  • What is "sustainability" and what is its future role?
  • What part can technology play in parks?

The competition will test six draft design principles identified in the Designing the Parks program:

  1. Reverence for place
  2. Engagement of all people
  3. Expansion beyond traditional boundaries
  4. Advancement of sustainability
  5. Informed decision-making
  6. An integrated research, planning, design and review process

The following documents are available for use in the competition:

2010 CRNRA Visitor Study

2010 Commercial Services Strategy

Below are links to GeoPDFs of the park units to aid in design. These files include advanced PDF features, accessible through the layers tab of PDF readers, which allow users to add and remove layers representing topography, trails, streams, roads, and other features.


Did You Know?

A Rainbow Trout before release - Photo by Russell Virgilio

All Trout have a protective membrane or "slime coat" that covers their scales and is their first line of defense against infection and disease. Damage to this coating can severely hurt the fish. Wetting your hands or limiting contact with the fish increases the likelihood that the fish will survive.