Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower and enjoy autumn wildflowers, wildlife, and learn more of the area’s natural and cultural history. This is a leisurely hike along a very level floodplain. Like much of the river corridor, this area has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. Perhaps farmed for centuries, Native Americans once lived on this land. It was the site of the Judge Eugene Gunby’s horse farm. Today it boasts a returning young bottomland forest and important river bottomland wetlands. The wetlands attract more birds and a greater diversity of birds than other habitats. Along the edge of the river, you will see old water oaks, river birch, and sycamores. We will discover plants used by the indigenous people and early settlers for food, medicine, and dye. Join us and discover this wonderful wildlife viewing area.
Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cochran Shoals Unit (Northern Area). We will meet at the gate at the end of the gravel parking area at the terminus of Columns Drive, Marietta, Georgia, 30068.
Facilities: At the parking area
Difficulty: This walk is leisurely. These walks are quite slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.
Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and activity level. Bring water and you might include snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens.
Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is needed. There is a $5.00 per day fee to park at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Or use your annual CRNRA pass or an America the Beautiful pass. Purchase a pass here. https://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Limit: 30 persons
Please contact Info@ChattahoocheeParks.org with any questions.
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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