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Chattahoochee River NRA Water Trail

Location The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area offers 48 miles of river trail available for raft, canoe, kayak, and motorboat use year round. The trail begins below Buford dam in Forsyth County to the take out at Powers Island/Paces Mill, metro Atlanta,
State(s) Georgia
Counties Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett
Type Water Trail
National Water Trails System
Length 48.00 Miles / 77.25 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Wildlife Observation
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? Yes




This trail is part of the National Water Trails System
photo: Paddlers on the river
Paddlers on the river

The 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is available for raft, canoe, kayak, motor boat and other small boat use year round. Jet skis are not permitted at any time. The river remains a cool temperature year-round, rarely getting warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The river within the park is open for boating from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Night boating is not permitted in the park.

The river offers excellent opportunities for leisurely paddling a raft, canoe or kayak to observe wildlife and wildflowers, do some fishing, or simple relaxing recreation.

On days when Buford Dam is not releasing water, the river below the dam is calm "flat water" with an occasional class I/II shoals or rapids.

Even if you don't have your own boat to use, there is equipment available for rental. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area does not rent boats, however there are several authorized outfitters that rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes for day use on the river.
The entire 48-mile-long corridor runs along the Brevard Fault Zone, which forms the Chattahoochee River channel. It forms, in part, the dividing line between two physiographic provinces: the Appalachian Mountains and the Piedmont Plateau. The mixed habitat types within the old and stable Chattahoochee River channel form a biological link with the Appalachian Mountains. This has resulted in high biodiversity within t (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


Many access points from Metro Atlanta. Start your visit at the Island Ford Visitor Contact Station. See The river is accessible by boat North of Morgan Falls Dam at Bowmans Island [34.1583deg N; -84.0774deg W], Abbotts Bridge [34.0244;-84.1718], Medlock Bridge [33.9959;-84.2027], Jones Bridge [33.9988;-84.2478], Chattahoochee River Park [34.0022;-84.3620], Morgan Falls Dam [33.9654;-84.3822], Johnson Ferry [33.9457;-84.4042], Power Island [33.9041;-84.4421], Paces Mill [33.8704,-84.4526].


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Water, moving

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 07/12/2017


Contact Information

Bill Cox
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs , GA 30350
(678) 538-1200


Related Webpages and Documents

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