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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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New Sustainable Trails for Sope Creek

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Date: September 21, 2010
Contact: Visitor Information Center, 678-538-1200

Beginning on September 24, 2010 there will be many positive changes occurring in the Sope Creek unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The National Park Service, through an Active Trails grant sponsored by Coca-Cola and administered through the National Park Foundation, will be re-working the trail system in order to protect park resources and provide for an improved visitor experience. Some trails will be closed while new trails will be built. As a result of this project, the Sope Creek unit will have a sustainable trail system that follows the contours of the land, is less confusing to navigate, and easier to maintain. Without these improvements, trails would continue to erode and remain difficult to navigate.

The trail construction work will be completed under a contract with Trail Design Specialists to implement a trail master plan which was determined last year through an Environmental Assessment. The projected length of the project will be approximately six months. During that same period of time, park volunteers and members of SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) will work to close eroded trails and begin the re-vegetation process. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to work on the trail re-vegetation project, please contact the park at 678-538-1200.

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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.