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Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC) is the official friends group and nonprofit partner of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), a series of fifteen park units along 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River in metro Atlanta. Our mission is to build a community of support for the CRNRA and promote stewardship of its natural and cultural resources.


In 2012, Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC) was established as the official friends group for the CRNRA: the only nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of the CRNRA and the enhancement of visitor experience. We operate in partnership with the Park Service under a memorandum of agreement which assures our members, donors, and the public that their support of CNPC supports the work of the Park Service in the CRNRA.

We are committed to continuing the legacy of those whose vision resulted in our national recreation area: a vibrant and growing public green space that also helps protect a river that is the drinking water source for millions of people. 

While nearly 7,000 acres of parkland are permanently protected as part of the CRNRA, the trails and facilities in the park are being loved almost to death, especially in high-use areas. CNPC is raising awareness and funds to restore and connect trails, improve park units and visitor facilities, acquire additional land, and preserve the park for current and future generations.

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Want to support our work in CRNRA? 

As a membership-driven and volunteer-powered organization, CNPC relies on individuals like you to propel our mission forward. Without you, we will not be able to adequately support the many unfunded needs of the CRNRA: environmental education, trail maintenance and restoration, facility improvements, water trail enhancements, and more. Become a member and join our community of individuals who help preserve and support the CRNRA for present and future generations!



On August 15, 1978, the dream of local river and park advocates was realized when President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian and longtime park proponent, signed a law establishing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA).

Congress stated in this enabling legislation that "the natural, scenic, recreation, historic, and other values of a forty-eight-mile segment of the Chattahoochee River... from Buford Dam downstream to Peachtree Creek... should be preserved and protected from developments and uses which would substantially impair or destroy them." 

Today, the CRNRA includes the 48-mile section of the Chattahoochee River from Lake Lanier to the city of Atlanta. With over 66 miles of trails across nearly 7,000 acres of parkland in fifteen units along the river, it's often referred to as a “string of pearls.” The park had more than 3.1 million visits in 2023, making it the 29th most-visited national park in the country.

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Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are proud to support our Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system managed by the National Park Service.



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