Since the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) was created in 1978, its 83 miles of hiking, running and biking trails have been loved to death by the millions of people who annually enjoy the fifteen park units along the Chattahoochee River.
In order to reverse the years of degradation, Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC) is working with the National Park Service (NPS) and other partners to develop a strategic maintenance and restoration plan. Our goals are to create better and safer trails, reduce erosion, increase connectivity to neighboring communities and improve educational opportunities for visitors today and in the decades to come.
CNPC launched the Campaign to Restore Your Chattahoochee Park Trails in 2017 to raise funds to support the first-ever trail assessment and master plan for the CRNRA. Thanks to a generous matching offer by Trust for Public Land – and your contributions – we reached our goal! The NPS hired Applied Trails Research (ATR) to assess the existing conditions of the entire trail system, develop trail standards and restoration priorities, and identify potential linkages to local community trails.
After completing the comprehensive trail study in 2018, the NPS engaged ATR to complete more detailed studies in the Vickery Creek, Palisades, and Cochran Shoals units where trails are in dire need of restoration. Our first top priority trail project, a new stairway at the park entrance to the Vickery Creek Unit from Roswell's covered bridge on a steep, eroding slope, was completed in the fall of 2018. The next CNPC trail project is to improve the signage and tread for the seven miles of shared use trails in the Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek unit during 2020. Please consider donating to restore the trails in this unit.
CNPC is a philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of the CRNRA and the enhancement of the visitor experience. Please give TODAY to the Trails Campaign. Thank you!