June 2017

Campaign to Restore Chattahoochee Park Trails!

Did you know that the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) has 83 miles of trails in its fifteen park units located along the river? 

Even before the CRNRA was established in 1978, outdoor enthusiasts hiked along the Chattahoochee and its tributaries and up nearby slopes for views of the river.

Many of these “social paths” are still being used by the three million people who now visit the park every year – and they are being loved to death. Degraded and eroded trails pose safety problems for visitors and environmental harm to waterways and natural habitats.

Our vision is to preserve and manage the trail system within the CRNRA so that its natural beauty and cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for years to come. We also hope to connect park trails with paths in adjacent communities where possible.

To reverse years of degradation, CPC has initiated a Campaign to Restore Your Chattahoochee Park Trails, working with the National Park Service and other partners. Our goals: better trails, restored habitats and more educational opportunities for visitors.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is partnering with us to make the CRNRA a recreational jewel for metro Atlanta. To kick off our Trail Restoration Campaign, TPL has generously offered a 4:1 matching opportunity with a goal of raising $25,000. 

- to improve the trails 
you walk, hike, run and bike!  Click to donate today!


George Virgo grew up in Alpharetta not far from the Chattahoochee River in a family that was “always outdoors”. As a teenager at Milton High School, he began to seriously devote himself to outdoor activities: a passion that led to a decade as a counselor at a YMCA camp, competitive rowing and a degree in recreation management. Today, George is the manager of the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) Chattahoochee Outpost.

Two years ago, NOC became the licensed concessionaire for the CRNRA. Operating out of the Johnson Ferry and Powers Island, NOC offers rentals (rafts, canoes, kayaks, SUPs) and classes in wilderness medicine and whitewater kayaking. Visit www.noc.com/plan-your-trip/chattahoochee-river, or call 1-800-323-RAFT.


Paddle-Camp Extravaganza at Abbotts Bridge – Sept 23-24!

REI-Atlanta and the CPC are hosting a campout and river cleanup on the Chattahoochee River! Come sleep under the stars with us at the Abbotts Bridge Unit. Click for more

Symposium Draws Diverse Park Stakeholders

On May 15, sixty local officials, planners, recreation experts and nonprofit leaders attended the inaugural River Park Symposium organized by CPC with support from the Georgia Water Coalition. Held at the Island Ford Visitor Center, the half-day event accomplished its purpose: to gather diverse stakeholders to discuss ways to work together more collaboratively to benefit the CRNRA and the region. Click here for media coverage.

Become a member of Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy today!
As a member, you can help us achieve our vision of an inspired and thriving community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Click here to join!

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy Inc. is proud to support our Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system managed by the National Park Service.

Visit our website at www.chattahoocheeparks.org.

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chattahoocheeparks.