Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Cochran Shoals

Atlanta, Georgia 30384

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Cochran Shoals

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: Cochran Shoals Professional Review and Guide

"Cochran Shoals, whose 3.1-mile Fitness Trail skirts the Chattahoochee River, is one of the most heavily used outdoor areas near Atlanta, drawing 3 million visitors a year. The gravel path is well maintained, and the river provides some great scenery for walkers and runners. In addition, the Fitness Trail is wheelchair-accessible.

Although Cochran Shoals is popular among walkers and joggers, it also offers superb birding for migrant land birds in spring and fall, on the trails along the river. The hike detailed here begins on the Fitness Trail and then turns onto a short boardwalk where you can look for birds feeding in the marshy areas. The path then crosses woodland hills west of the river and returns to more bottomland forest before reconnecting with the Fitness Trail. You can then complete the long Fitness Trail loop, and even detour along the way to escape the crowds and explore a tucked-away creek."

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Trail Information

Atlanta
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
5.7
Distance
395 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
National Park Service, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
A National Park Service Chattahoochee River map is available online at nps.gov/chat
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018