Island Ford Trail

Roswell, Georgia

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The 297-acre Island Ford Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) has been retained in as natural a condition as possible for almost a century, first by the original private owners and later by the National Park Service. The mature hardwood forest at this site is a fine example of what the Piedmont area of Georgia might have looked like before it was cleared and developed. This is a great natural area, especially for a highly residential portion of metropolitan Atlanta, to find a variety of spring and summer wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The area also contains a number of rock shelters along the river, as well as shoals within the stream.
Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

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Hiking Georgia: Atlanta

by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

The 297-acre Island Ford Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) has been retained in as natural a condition as possible for almost a century, first by the original private owners and later by the National Park Service. The mature hardwood forest at this site is a fine example of what the Piedmont area of Georgia might have looked like before it was cleared and developed.

This is a great natural area, especially for a highly residential portion of metropolitan Atlanta, to find a variety of spring and summer wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The area also contains a number of rock shelters along the river, as well as shoals within the stream.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Roswell
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Mar–Dec
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Atlanta 30350; (678) 538-1200; www.nps.gov./chat
Local Maps: USGS Sandy Springs; page-size map available from the park service office or from www.nps.gov./chat
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Ford Trail

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