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

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The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area owes its existence to the hard work and dedication of citizen activities and community partners. Thanks to their efforts during the 1970s, 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River were preserved for the use and enjoyment of all people, then, now, and in the future. Today, the park actively works with philanthropic and community partners to steward the natural and cultural resources of the Chattahoochee River corridor for this and future generations.


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Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy

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In 2012, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy (CPC) was established as the official friends group for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) with a mission to build a community of support for the national park and promote stewardship of its cultural and natural resources.

In May 2020, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy changed their name to Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC). The name has changed, but their mission is the same. As the official Friends group for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), having "National Park" in their name emphasizes that the park we all love is part of our national park system and needs our support. CNPC continues to work with the National Park Service to enrich visitor experiences in the CRNRA and protect the park's natural and cultural resources.

For more information and to get involved, visit: chattahoocheeparks.org/.

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Chattahoochee Nature Center

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center provides a facility dedicated to environmental education and the development of an ecologically responsible community. The mission of the Nature Center is to connect people with nature. The Nature Center provides life-long learning opportunities and values its role as a vital part of the community's educational, scientific, and cultural life. Since the opening of their Discovery Center, the Nature Center has become an interpretive center of the Chattahoochee River watershed.

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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's (CRK). mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and preserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system. Join them on one of their many events on the river.

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Dunwoody Nature Center

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Dunwoody Nature Center aims to inspire the love of nature and cultivate environmental understanding and stewardship through a variety of programs and activities that engage the public and provide our community with a sense of place within the natural world. Campers engage in Nature discovery and games during their four weeks of day camps in the park.

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Eastern National

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The America’s National Parks™ Store at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is operated by Eastern National. Eastern National is a 501(c)3 non-profit cooperating association, supporting the interpretive, educational, and scientific programs and services at national parks and public lands. Learn more about the Eastern National family of brands.

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Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance

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The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA) studies and preserves Georgia’s flora through multidisciplinary research, education, and advocacy. They also facilitate the recovery of rare, threatened, and endangered plants of Georgia and the southeastern U.S. through collaborative efforts in our state and they communicate the importance of preserving biodiversity worldwide.


MTB Atlanta

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MTB Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association), host work parties on the third Saturday of every month on the multi-use trail at Sope Creek. If you ride volunteer, then be steward of the trails you ride, the Park relies on MTB Atlanta to maintain the trails.

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Nantahlala Outdoor Center

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Nantahlala Outdoor Center operates two outposts, Johnson Ferry and Powers Island, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. They offer river trips and rentals for tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), rafting and inflatable kayaks.

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Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA

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The Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA offers well-supervised, engaging and enriching activities for children ages 5 to 13. Their summer long day camp at the CREEC provides safe and appropriate outdoor learning experiences that help children build confidence, character and lasting friendships.

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Last updated: February 8, 2022

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1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs , GA 30350


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