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Chattahoochee River 

National Recreational Area

About the Park

The Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area is a protected section of the Chattahoochee River that stretches from Lake Lanier to Atlanta. In addition to the river itself, the NRA comprises of thirteen units of land that have parking and varying amenities. The below map is the best summary of the different amenities and activities available at each unit of the NRA.

Key activities:

  • Hiking. Most units of the NRA have trails for hiking. Trails are generally well worn and stroller accessible

  • Biking. A three mile stretch of paved trail/boardwalk goes from Riverside Park to Willeo Park in Roswell. The Nantahala Outdoor Center in Roswell offers bike rentals.

  • Fishing. The Chattahoochee River NRA is a designated trout stream and a popular place for fishing throughout its entire stretch.

  • On the river. The best way to experience the river is in it! The Nantahala Outdoor Center has rental facilities at Powers Island in Atlanta and in Roswell. They rent tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, and offer guided programs.


Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area NPS Site

Discussion Topics

  • A national recreation area is a designated area that receives federal protections, such as limiting commercial activities in those areas. What is the value in creating national recreation areas in places where there are a lot of people?

  • The Chattahoochee River NRA is just one of three trout rivers in the world that runs through a major city, but the trout population is affected by the cleanliness of the water. Why is it important to keep the water clean?

  • People float down the Chattahoochee in all different types of crafts: canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes. What are the differences between each kind of boat and which is your favorite?


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