• 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 »

  • Call for Water Release Schedule

    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 »

Event Details

  • 11/21/2012

    Location: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Fee Information: $3 Daily Park Pass or $25 Annual Park Pass Contact Name: Island Ford Visitor Contact Station Contact Phone Number: 678-538-1200

Join park ranger Jerry Hightower for an early autumn hike through a floodplain forest along the river and an oak-hickory forest along the ridges overlooking Island Ford Shoals. Hike along the river and see where the prehistoric Sixes Trail crossed the river at Island Ford. Take a step into a naturally occurring rock overhang used as shelter by the first human residents of the river corridor. Enjoy the afternoon as we look for the first signs of autumn, wildlife signs, and the last of the wildflowers; perhaps a purple flowered gentian.

Dress for the weather; wear comfortable outdoor clothes and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Bring a day pack with your camera, binoculars, hand lens, notebook and pencil, and a trail snack. Don't forget your drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen!

Note: The $3 Daily Park Pass is not required for vehicles displaying a current Annual Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass!

Reservations are required; please call 678-538-1200 to make your reservation, space is limited!

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