Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area | HIKING TRAILS

Hiking trail in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Hiking trail in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


Bowmans Island

Settles Bridge

Abbotts Bridge

Medlock Bridge

Jones Bridge

Island Ford

Vickery Creek

Gold Branch

Johnson Ferry

Cochran Shoals


Many of the park units at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area have hiking trails. Some have trails that are nothing more than short paths along the river, while others have intricate trail systems that could take up to a day to hike. However, there are no “must hike” trails in the Recreation Area—many of them do not even go along the river and are thus nothing more than hikes through the woods. They provide exercise and a break from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, nothing more. You can find the equivalent at any local park that has trails, albeit without the sporadic river scenery. Thus, I do not recommend trekking across the country, state, or even the city to hike any particular trail at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area unless these are the closest trails to you, or you are bored with your local trails.

For those of you who do want to hike the trails, you should always carry a trail map with you. There are supposed to be maps in stands at each intersection on the trails, but lowlifes often vandalized the stands, and you may find yourself at an intersection with no clue as to which way to go. Printed maps are available at the Island Ford Visitor Center, and they can be downloaded from the National Park Service website or here on National Park Planner. Maps on National Park Planner include my “Suggested Hike” routes. You can follow my route, which is documented with a description and photos in a trail review, or plan your own.

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Last updated on May 10, 2024
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