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    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 »

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July 17, 2014
Cool Off at the Seventh Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash
Come out for the coolest event of the year! Join hundreds of participants take another unforgettable float down the Chattahoochee River at this year’s Seventh Annual Chattahoochee River Summer Splash

April 15, 2014
Annual Pass Price Going Up from $25 to $35 on May 1, 2014
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is set to increase the price of annual park passes from $25 to $35, effective May 1, 2014. The daily pass price will remain the same at $3.

March 31, 2014
Park Receives Award from Georgia Environmental Education Association
On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Education Association recognized Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for outstanding service to environmental education by an organization.

March 03, 2014
Atlanta Area Parks Create $268 Million in Economic Benefit
The three National Park Service (NPS) units in the Atlanta metropolitan area tell the stories of the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement and protect more than half of the area’s public green space. And according to a new NPS report, the 5.8 million visitors to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in 2012 spent $268,088,000 in the metro area. This spending supported 3,900 jobs.

February 18, 2014
National Park Foundation Grant to Support Trail Planning in Park
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is one of five national parks across the country selected to participate in the 2014 Transportation Scholars program of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks.

November 07, 2013
National Park Service Celebrates Veterans Day with Fee-Free Weekend
CRNRA joins the rest of the NPS in celebrating Veterans' Day 2013 by waiving all fees on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 9, 10, and 11.

November 01, 2013
Park Seeks Input on Proposed Annual Fee Increase
CRNRA seeks public comment on a proposed price increase for annual passes from $25 to $35. Daily passes would remain at the same price they have been since 2005, $3. Comments should be emailed to chat_fees@nps.gov. There will be a public open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3 to collect comments. The comment period will end on Friday, Dec. 6.

July 26, 2013
Homestretch Youth Internship Program Builds Job Skills and Stewardship
In June 2013, six teenage residents at Homestretch, a transitional living facility in Fulton County, worked for Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in an internship program funded by the National Park Foundation's "America's Best Idea" grant.

May 23, 2013
Shooting the Hooch: Safe, Clean Fun on Memorial Day Weekend
This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of Atlantans will beat the heat by shootin' the Hooch. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) staff have a few tips to make your trip more enjoyable.

March 29, 2013
Park to Host Opening of New Trails at Sope Creek
The trails at Sope Creek are finally finished and it's time to ride!

March 27, 2013
Packing Out Trash Will Save $76,000 Over Six Months
The trash cans are going away.

March 18, 2013
Park to Adopt “Pack-In, Pack-Out” Trash Policy to Save Money
“Pack it in, pack it out” is a familiar slogan used in many national parks.

March 07, 2013
Date Set for Bikes on Newly Designated Sope Creek Trails: April 5, 2013
Starting Friday, April 5, 2013, bicycles will be allowed on newly designated multi-use trails at Sope Creek.


Did You Know?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.