• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    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.

Support Your Park

Group portrait of President Jimmy Carter and people in attendance.

President Jimmy Carter and some of the original "Friends of the River" at the signing of the Act of Congress that created the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on August 15, 1978.

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The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area owes its existence to the hard work and dedication of a small group of people. Thanks to their efforts during the 1970s, 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River was preserved for the use and enjoyment of all people, then, now, and in the future. Now is the time to see how you can join in the support of your park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Do Your Part

  • Volunteer for a few hours or a lifetime in the park.
  • Donate to your park through the National Park Foundation.
  • Join Our Friends at the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc.
  • Purchase books and gifts at the parks Cooperating Associations Bookstore at the parks Visitor Contact Station in the historic Hewlett Lodge at Island Ford.
  • Participate in our Schedule of Events to learn about the park's natural and cultural resources.
  • Keep informed on park issues and provide comment during Park Planning processes.
  • Take pride in your park and help protect it for future generations by knowing and obeying the park Laws & Policies, including, but not limited to:
    • keeping dogs leashed
    • picking up after your pet
    • not bringing glass containers on the river
    • properly disposing of fishing line
    • not using metal detectors
    • not disturbing the plants and animals
    • packing out litter
    • and please recycle!

Did You Know?

Visit the Hooch!

That the word Chattahoochee is thought to come from a Muskogean word meaning "Marked Stoned." People have made the Chattahoochee River valley their home for thousands of years. The Cherokee were forced out in the 1830s as part of the "Trail of Tears".