Start your visit to the park at the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center located in the Island Ford unit in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Here you will be able to obtain a Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass. View the exhibits about the park and pick up the free Junior Ranger Books and hiking maps and get all your questions about the park answered by the park ranger on duty. And don't forget to pick up a souvenir or two from the Eastern bookstore.
To find the Island Ford Visitor Center enter the physical address listed below into your GPS unit or your favorite map software.
8800 Roberts Drive
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350.
Once you have arrived at 8800 Roberts Drive turn onto Island Ford Parkway at the large Island Ford entrance sign. Follow the signs to the Park Headquarters where the visitor center is located.
Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy.
Parking Lots At Island Ford
Hewlett Lodge Parking Lots
USUALLY VERY BUSY NOW
Nearby is the Historic Hewlett Lodge, home to the park headquarters and Island Ford Visitor Center. In the visitor center you will discover interactive exhibits, meet a park ranger to answer all your questions, pick up your park pass, check out the items in the bookstore, and don't forget the restroom. After visiting Hewlett Lodge take advantage of the hiking trails, picnic areas, activity field and boat launch. Besides boating, spend some time fishing or observing the wildlife on the Chattahoochee.
From this parking lot it's just a short walk across the road to Hewlett Pond, a great place to take the little ones for their first fishing experience. Or head the other direction following the trail to the river to try your luck fishing in the Chattahoochee. Forgot your fishing gear? No problem, take a hike to visit the rock shelters or enjoy the wildlife.
Head down the trail to the right to try your luck fishing in the Chattahoochee, or enjoy watching the wildlife along the river, or just relax at one of the rock shelters along the trail. Take the trail to the left for a longer hike on a loop trail through the most remote section of the Island Ford unit.