Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

#19 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
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Key Info

1978 Island Ford Parkway

Price & Hours

Dawn-dusk daily


Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

This massive national recreation area is actually 15 individual land units connected by 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River. In addition to being fun to say, the park offers an abundance of activities for all kinds of adventurers. Those who wish to relax outside should opt for a tube or raft to float down a stretch the river. More active travelers can kayak, canoe or paddleboard down the Chattahoochee or hike the miles of trails that wind through the park. Bikers have access to 7 miles of trails, while anglers can fish for bass, catfish and trout during all park operating hours.

Outdoor enthusiasts liked the park's varied pursuits, especially the hiking trails. The gorgeous scenery also wins praise from visitors, with some saying it is the perfect place to escape Atlanta's busy city atmosphere.

The park is open from dawn to dusk daily. The Island Ford Visitor Contact Station is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation area sits about 10 to 20 miles north of Atlanta, depending on which individual land unit(s) you wish to see. The area has several parking lots. Parking fees (which double as your entrance fee to the park) are $5 for the day or $40 for an annual pass. If you have an America the Beautiful pass, you can use that to enter the park for free. Visit the area's website for more information.

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