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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a national park site located right near downtown Atlanta. The Chattahoochee River NRA is unique because it is made up of many different units, so there are pockets of land along the Chattahoochee River that are part of the national park site, separated and surrounded by Buford, Duluth, Roswell, Atlanta, as well as other cities and neighborhoods. Each of the units features the Chattahoochee River and the woodlands that border it, but each unit also has something unique. We have explored two of the units, Island Ford and Vickery Creek.


Island Ford is near Roswell and features trails along a wide, shallow portion of the Chattahoochee. Once in a while you can hear the roads and cars of the city, but overall the woods are beautiful and quiet. There are plenty of people on portions of the trail, but there are other areas that are full of solitude. The main site to see is the river, along which the trail meanders.


Vickery Creek is also in the Roswell area, and, as the name of the unit suggests, the hiking trails there follow a creek that eventually runs into the Chattahoochee. Along with the creek, the unit features an old covered bridge and a waterfall that was part of an old mill. Aside from the covered bridge and the waterfall, the park was quiet, and there weren’t many people around.

We have enjoyed both of our visits to Chattahoochee River NRA. The hiking trails are pleasant and relaxing and a nice way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. While it’s a bit difficult to completely get away from the noise of the city, it’s nice to have a place so close to home where one can get into nature. In addition to the many hiking trails at Chattahoochee River NRA, there are also rafting, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities on the river.