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    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.

Vehicle Access Ends Today at Johnson Ferry South and Indian Trail

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Date: May 1, 2013
Contact: Rudy Evenson, 678-538-1241

Pedestrian Access Still Allowed

Entrance sign at Indian Trail.Sandy Springs: The National Park Service will close two areas of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to vehicles beginning today: Johnson Ferry South, just off Columns Drive, and Indian Trail, on the east side of the river in the Palisades area, will be closed to reduce costs. Sixteen other park units on the 48-mile stretch of river in the national recreation area will remain open.

"Visitor safety was our first consideration in deciding which sites to close," said Chattahoochee River Superintendent Patty Wissinger. "Neither of these sites has a boat ramp or affects river access for emergency services personnel. Both of these units have trail connections to other park units or neighborhoods, so people can still walk in if they want," she added.

"The vehicle closures will be combined with removal of some trash cans and reduced mowing to meet our sequester budget goal." The vehicle closures are expected to lessen use of the sites due to reduced maintenance over the summer. Park officials will look at re-opening these parking lots in October depending on funding at that time. 


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Did You Know?

Great Blue Heron hunting for food - Photo by Tom Wilson

Great Blue Herons stand up to four feet tall and have special feathers that dissolve into powder. They use a serrated middle claw to distribute the powder which they use for preening or cleaning themselves.