September 2022

Become a Volunteer In the Park (VIP) 

    Providing for our local National Park is our passion...and we want it to be yours too! In Atlanta, we are very fortunate to have a 48 mile stretch of ancient waterway with an amazing 66 miles of cultivated trails that improve the quality of life for so many in our community. 

    The CRNRA depends on volunteer support to help maintain our National Park. Not only is it fun and rewarding to volunteer with like-minded people, but in some cases it can help students and employees fulfill required volunteer hours. 

    Click below to view the volunteer calendar and to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Park. 


    Sign-up for an Upcoming Volunteer Event

    We need photos and you can help! 


      Another way to help Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy and the Park is to let us share pictures you take in the CRNRA. Maybe you snapped a picture of a beautiful cardinal that we could post on Instagram. Or, a picture of your daughter fishing that we can use on our website. Please send any images to and let us know how you would like us to credit the photo!  

      And when you are posting your pictures on social media please tag us @ChattahoocheeParks with hashtag #ChattahoocheeParks

      A Chat with Cynthia & Kerstin 

      Fall in Atlanta is a great time for hiking at one of the 15 Chattahoochee River National Recreation units. And Community Hikes are a fun way to experience these units. These monthly hikes are organized and led by Cynthia Patterson and Kerstin Bagus. We had a chance to talk with them as they were preparing for the September 3 Community Hike at Bowmans Island.

      What is your favorite CRNRA park unit?

      Cynthia: I really enjoy the southern, outer loop at Gold Branch, especially where the trail descends and you get your first view of the Chattahoochee River.

      Kerstin: My favorite is Island Ford, and my most-liked trail there is the Beech Creek Loop. From the first parking area, this trail runs along a small creek as it winds down to the river. 

      Do you have a National Park on your bucket list to visit?  

      Kerstin: We’ve been to Yellowstone in the summer, but I would love to go back in the wintertime. 

      Cynthia: Mine would be Olympic National Park in Washington. There is so much to experience, from mountains to rain forests to Pacific coast beaches.

      How did you get started leading the Community Hikes?

      Cynthia:  The initial idea for the hikes was to support the HikeCRNRA challenge. Community Hikes are a way to introduce people to CRNRA park units they haven’t had a chance to visit. 

      Kerstin: Also, we wanted these hikes to be social. Yes, we cover some miles, but hikers get a chance to get to know each other and learn more about the area.  

      Do you have a favorite book or video you would like to share?  

      Kerstin: I have really enjoyed Bill Bryson’s books “In a Sunburned Country” and “A Walk in the Woods.” 

      Cynthia: My choice is “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate”  by Peter Wohlleben.

      To register for an upcoming Community Hike, visit Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy events.

      Fully Funded!

      Great news! The East Palisades and Bowmans Island Bridge project is now fully funded for phases I and II. A special thanks to our major donors - The Prestidigitator Fund and Walton Properties, the NPS Challenge Cost Share fund, and the 80+ members who contributed. Repairing and replacing these three bridges will positively impact over 620,000 annual park visits. 

      Water Safety Campaign

      Please take the time to view this important video that is part of a water safety campaign that the National Park Service (NPS) has developed in partnership with WABE and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.  Since 2012, over 15 drowning-related fatalities at Diving Rock in the Palisades unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, with the majority of the victims being young African American males who were not wearing personal flotation devices (PFD's). In response, the park has collaborated with campaign partners to develop a series of signs, messages, and videos that emphasizes wearing PFDs.

      Upcoming Events 

      Autumn Walk & Talk 

      Sept. 17, 

      9 AM - 12 PM


      October Community Hike

      Oct. 15, 

      9 AM - 1 PM


      Meet Our Newest Board Members

      Michele Reale has been with The Shopping Center Group since 1988. In addition to her commitment to her clients, Michele is focused on giving back to her community. Michele began her CNPC work as a TrailBlazer, volunteering at weekend work events. In addition to her involvement with CNPC, she serves as a Advisory Board Member with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in Georgia.

      John H. Crandall is an experienced Vice President of Sales & Marketing with a demonstrated history of building and selling businesses in the food & beverage industry. John has been an avid user of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for 35 years and volunteers as the East Palisades “River Steward” doing monthly water testing of both the Cabin Creek and Mountain Heath streams.

      Become a member or donate today!

      YOU can help us achieve our vision of an inspired and thriving community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

      Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy  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.

      Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy
      P.O. Box 769332, Roswell, GA 30076
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