When you visit the Chattahoochee River area you must take in the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The center has 27 species of native wildlife. It is located on 127 acres which has many native plants. There is a beautiful Butterfly garden. You must check out the Bog Garden with its carnivorous plants. There is a river boardwalk that is great.
The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area contains 16 park units. There are 50 miles of hiking trails. The Island Ford Unit has a Visitor Contact Station. There are many picnic areas. You can rent a canoe, kayak or raft. When Buford Dam is not releasing water the river below the dam is very calm.
The Chattahoochee has some great fishing. The river is kept very well stocked with 23 species of game fish. You can fish here year around. You can fish for trout, bass, catfish and many other kinds of fish. Fishing on the Chattahoochee is an awesome experience. The river stays cool year around so this makes for great fishing.
For many years people were drawn to the river for food, transportation, power for the mills, factories and homes. Today people are attracted to the river for recreation. They come to hike the many trails. They enjoy fishing on the river and just relaxing. There is a lot of wildlife in the park. You will see river otter that will entertain you with their funny actions. You will see Canada geese that live in the river year around.
You can visit Lovers Rock. The shelters were used by Native Americans for shelter. You can visit Old Mill Park. When you hike this area you can see the dam and the ruins of the old mill. You will also see the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge was built in 2005. It connects Old Mill Park and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. You will see the Allenbrook home on which construction started in 1845.
You can visit what is left of the Laurel/Ivy Mill. This was wool mill that was burned by federal troops during the Civil War in 1864.
The Chattahoochee River was home to the Cherokee and Creek Indians many years ago. Its watershed was the home of the first American gold rush.
The Chattahoochee is fed by many springs. It grows as it moves down the very steep mountainside. The river has very clear water and many waterfalls. It travels many miles and finally reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
The Chattahoochee River has more than 3 million visitors every year. They come here for many reasons. It is a beautiful place for a vacation and has much to offer.