• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    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 »

This Week’s National Park Getaway

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Date: May 22, 2013
Contact: Rudy Evenson, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 678-538-1241
Contact: Kat Kirby, NPS Headquarters, 202-208-6843

Visitors preparing for a float down the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Photo by NPSSANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Get outdoors in the Atlanta metro area and enjoy America's first National Water Trail! We've got some great ideas for a weekend on the Hooch.

Running through the heart of the South's biggest metropolitan area, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area offers opportunities for paddling, fishing, hiking, running, strolling, and birding. Competitive paddlers can compete in the annual Back to the Chattahoochee Race, while novices and families can take an easy float in the annual Summer Splash. Ranger-led programs such as frog frolics, evening campfires and hikes, and river trips make Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area a great choice for a weekend getaway. Read more


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Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.