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Chattahoochee River Natl Recreation Area, GA

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RV Vacation in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

RV Rentals for Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

It’s not often vacationers have the chance to visit a major metropolitan area and an unspoiled river corridor in the same afternoon! Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (Chattahoochee River NRA) is located in Atlanta, Georgia and offers activities for any RV camper. The cool waters of the Chattahoochee beckon travelers from around the globe each year. Why not plan to join them on your next vacation?


RV Vacation to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


Get ready to find outdoor adventure, history and great family fun along the Chattahoochee!

Your First Visit to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Whether you’re itching to explore Native American history or hoping for a great outdoor adventure, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area won’t disappoint. A series of distinct parkways and islands mark the riverbank and offer a wide variety of interesting things to do.

The river corridor was once home to both Creek and Cherokee Indians, and the caves along the river bank housed them temporarily as they moved along the Chattahoochee. Long before those tribes, prehistoric clans also used the caves for shelter from the elements. Take a float trip and reward the first one in your group who spots one of these caverns carved by the river!

Speaking of float trips, all along the forty-eight miles of Chattahoochee River are great access points for launching small craft. You’ll find the river perfect for canoe and kayak trips, and numerous vendors rent rafts and tubes for a lazy afternoon on the water. One word of caution: this river never warms up past fifty degrees, so a dip in the river will probably be chilly!

Another favorite pastime of Chattahoochee River NRA campers is trying their luck at catching more than twenty species of fish. The riverbank is accessible in many spots, so bring your gear and prepare to have a fantastic time fishing. Because you’ve booked the perfect RV rental for your trip, you’ll have a well-equipped kitchen to prepare your meal in back at camp.

One more tip for history buffs: General William Tecumseh Sherman marched through Atlanta and burned it nearly to the ground during the Civil War. Several parks along the CRNRA feature historic markers and archaeological displays of Civil War artifacts. Watch for ruins of mills and homesteads as you explore area trails, too.

Things to Do

With fifty miles of hiking trails, numerous boating and fishing opportunities and plenty of history to discover, there’s something for everyone in your RV clan. Here are our top picks for ways to spend your time at Chattahoochee River NRA.

  • Island Ford: The historic stone and timber Island Ford Visitor Contact Station is a great place to start your visit. Pick up trail maps, stroll along the river bank on easy trails, and be sure to keep your camera ready for the native fox population!
  • East Palisades Trail: This three mile “urban” trail is a challenge for kids, but grown-ups will love the quiet hardwood forest and breathtaking views of the River. Watch for deer and other wildlife, just steps away from busy highways and neighborhoods.
  • Jones Bridge Trail: Campers traveling with kids will find Jones Bridge Trail an easy two and a half mile hike with a great view of the river. Keep an eye out for the foundations of abandoned mills that once kept the area humming with life day and night.
  • Cochran Shoals: This is a super place to bring your family for a day of bird-watching, hiking and picnicking. There’s also a canoe ramp here, if you want to take your adventures off-shore. Challenge your travel-weary teenagers to the three-mile fitness trail; it’s a great way to burn off energy and see plenty of wildlife along the way.
  • Bowman’s Island: This rugged area of the river is home to the Buford Trout Hatchery, which is open for tours. If you’re planning to fish for trout, the Bowman’s Island area is perfect, with cold, clear water and plenty of shady cover along the riverbank.

Where to Find More Information

The National Parks Service website is a great resource for information to help you plan your trip.

If you’re looking for an Atlanta area RV campground, here’s a link to a great directory. To learn more about the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest, check this website.



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