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Island Ford Pond and River Ramble

  • 02 Dec 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • CRNRA- Island Ford Unit
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Island Ford Pond and River Ramble

(all ages)

Saturday, DECEMBER 2, 2023

12 PM – 2 PM


Join National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower for a winter’s walk around Island Ford Pond, through the oak-hickory forest to the river and along the river edge trail to a naturally occurring rock overhang that was used by the indigenous people for shelter. We will meander back along the river with the scenic shoals and rock formations. 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. We might catch a glimpse of an Osprey or a Great Blue Heron. Along the trail we will look for wildlife signs, summer wildflowers, and ferns, so please join us.

Location: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350. We will meet in front of the historic Hewlett lodge.

Facilities:  Located in the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center

Difficulty:  Fairly leisurely with one moderate uphill climb from the river. 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: Please bring WATER. Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, and notebook. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is required.

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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