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.
Gold Branch Parking Lot Restoration Delayed
Contact: Visitor Contact Station, 678-538-1200
The National Park Service announced today that the parking lot restoration project for the Gold Branch Unit has been delayed due to inclement weather. The parking lot is located in East Cobb county on Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. The old gravel parking lot was expensive to maintain and is being replaced with a new parking lot paved with pervious concrete. The pervious concrete allows rain water to soak through reducing run off. Depending on weather, the National Park Service hopes to have the lot reopened to the public by mid-February.
“We know that many persons use this area to fish, observe wildlife, and hike the trails during all seasons and we apologize for any inconvenience.” Said Superintendent Dan Brown, “However, the bad weather has delayed the contractor from completing these much needed improvements to the parking lot.”
The Gold Branch parking lot is located approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of Lower Roswell Road with Timber Ridge Road and Willeo Road. The area is regularly used by hikers, runners, and persons fishing. The area is also popular for its spring and summer wildflower displays, especially its native rhododendrons and azaleas. Trails wind through hardwood forests and along Bull Sluice Lake created by Morgan Falls Dam. More information on the Gold Branch Unit, including trail maps, can be found at www.nps.gov/chat.
Did You Know?
Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.