• 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 »

Driving Directions to Park Units

Old Style Entrance Sign at Palisades unit, Indian Trail entrance

Old Entrance Sign at Palisades unit, Indian Trail entrance

The park is spread over a 48 mile section of the Chattahoochee River and consists of the river and 15 land units beginning downstream from Buford Dam at Lake Lanier and ending at Peachtree Creek in metro Atlanta.

Below is a list of the land units starting at the Bowmans Island unit and working downstream to the Palisades unit. Below each unit's name is a list of entrances for that unit. Next to the entrance name is a map link and GPS coordinates for that location. Click on the link and enter your current location to obtain driving directions to the entrance. If you have GPS unit in your vehicle enter the GPS coordinates for driving directions to the entrance.

Note: Units closer to Atlanta tend to have more entrances, make sure you have the right entrance. The driving directions will take you to the park boundary; you may have to drive as much as a mile to arrive at a parking lot, trail head, boat launch, etc.

Bowmans Island unit
Upper Pool entrance/US Army Corps of Engineers MAP 34° 9' 19.44" N, 84° 4' 15.20" W
Lower Pool entrance/US Army Corps of Engineers MAP 34° 9' 46.27" N, 84° 4' 37.20" W
Island Ford Road entrance MAP 34° 8' 34.80" N, 84° 4' 31.57" W
Chattahoochee River Club entrance MAP 34° 8' 37.47" N, 84° 5' 45.50" W
Orrs Ferry unit, NO ACCESS
Settles Bridge unit
Settles Bridge entrance MAP 34° 5' 31.50" N, 84° 5' 53.77" W
McGinnis Ferry unit
McGinnis Ferry entrance MAP 34° 3' 3.23" N, 84° 5' 56.54" W
Suwanee Creek unit
Chattahoochee Drive trailhead MAP 34° 1' 33.73" N, 84° 7' 31.27" W
Abbotts Bridge unit
Abbotts Bridge entrance MAP 34° 1' 35.26" N, 84° 10' 1.45" W
Medlock Bridge unit
Medlock Bridge entrance MAP 33° 59' 42.96" N, 84° 12' 17.36" W
Jones Bridge unit
Main entrance MAP 34° 0' 9.74" N, 84°15' 19.75" W
Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center (CREEC) entrance MAP 33° 59' 27.51" N, 84° 15' 32.72" W
Holcomb Bridge unit, NO ACCESS
Island Ford unit
Island Ford entrance MAP 33° 59' 40.64" N 84° 20' 2.16" W
Vickery Creek unit
Grimes Bridge Road trailhead MAP 34° 1' 1.75" N, 84° 20' 36.98" W
Oxbo Road entrance MAP 34° 1' 1.84" N, 84° 21' 31.36" W
Covered Bridge entrance MAP 34° 0' 50" N, 84° 21' 33.95" W
Allenbrook entrance MAP 34° 0' 29.58" N, 84° 21' 15.51" W
Riverside Road entrance MAP 34° 0' 23.59" N, 84° 20' 58.25" W
Gold Branch unit
Lower Roswell Road entrance MAP 33° 59' 6.14" N, 84° 23' 13.22" W
Johnson Ferry unit
Hyde Farm entrance MAP 33° 58' 0.95" N, 84° 23' 29.25" W
Johnson Ferry Road entrance MAP 33° 56' 42.34" N, 84° 24' 22.18" W
Columns Drive entrance MAP 33° 56' 16.97" N, 84° 24' 53.25" W
Cochran Shoals unit
Sope Creek entrance MAP 33° 56' 18.02" N, 84° 26' 37.95" W
Columns Drive entrance MAP 33° 55' 18.17" N, 84° 26' 20.84" W
Interstate North entrance MAP 33° 54' 6.79" N, 84° 26' 38.04" W
Powers Island entrance MAP 33° 54' 10.42" N, 84° 26' 28.3" W
Palisades unit
Akers Drive entrance MAP 33° 53' 26.52" N, 84° 27' 7.7" W
Indian Trail entrance MAP 33° 53' 15.89" N, 84° 26' 1.44" W
Whitewater Creek entrance MAP 33° 52' 36.17" N, 84° 26' 15.95" W
Paces Mill entrance MAP 33° 52' 11.13" N, 84° 27' 21.78" W


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.