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The Vickery Creek Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is located in the City of Roswell in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta. Along with the Allenbrook section of the national park, the unit comprises 270 acres and six miles of hiking trails that are used by nearly 70,000 park visitors annually. See  (www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/upload/TrailMapVickery.pdf). In 2005, Roswell built a covered foot-bridge over Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, to connect Old Mill Park with the CRNRA’s Vickery Creek Unit and its more expansive trail system. A beautiful structure spanning 161 feet, the city’s covered bridge is located near the original Roswell Mill which was built in 1839 and destroyed in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. The mill was rebuilt and operated until 1971; the dam which provided water power for the mill still spans the creek.


THE PROBLEM:  The entrance into CRNRA’s Vickery Creek Unit from Roswell’s Old Mill Park via the covered bridge is in dire need of restoration and remediation. Currently, visitors who travel across the bridge from the city park are faced with an unattractive, eroding wall of dirt and crumbling concrete steps leading into the national park. These paths have experienced significant erosion over the years due to the steepness of the slopes and the soil type. When it rains, the trails are slippery and hazardous, particularly for the young and elderly. This area represents one of the National Park Service’s highest priorities for trail remediation in the CRNRA.


THE SOLUTION
:  The National Park Service plans to build a stairway down to Big (Vickery) Creek, where visitors access a popular beach and a stairway leading upslope to connect to the main trails in the park, and ultimately to the Chattahoochee River. This solution will require the removal of the existing concrete steps and replacement with a well-designed, safe and sustainable new stairway. An adjacent unsafe trail will be closed, the area will be revegetated, and a new plaque and trail map will advise visitors that they are entering the CRNRA.


HOW TO HELP: To accomplish the goals outlined above, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the official friends group for the CRNRA, is working to raise at least $75,000 to support this priority project. To date, we have secured about $60,000, thanks to gifts from REI-Atlanta, Malon Mimms Co, Trout Unlimited and many individual donors. To make a gift, visit our donation page or mail a contribution to P.O. Box 769332 Roswell, GA  30076. If you would like more information and/or a tour of the site, please contact CPC Board President Sally Bethea at [email protected].



Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 769332, Roswell GA 30076

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