Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: West Palisades Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Before the shift to steam power in the 20th century, facilities such as Akers Mill and Paces Mill harnessed the energy of the Chattahoochee River for direct waterpower. The West Palisades Trail runs between the two mill sites, and along the way it winds through the floodplain, skirts the river, and rolls across forested ridges.
The diverse terrain, river views, and close proximity to Atlanta make this a hot spot for day hikers, and its flat sections along the Chattahoochee draw those out for a midday run. A rich corridor of wildlife, the forest echoes with the calls of Canada geese, and white-tailed deer bound through the oaks, elms, dogwoods, and pines. As you pass rock overhangs along the river, imagine the days when these served as shelters for the Cherokee and Creek who hunted and lived along the river."