Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Island Ford Unit

Dunwoody, Georgia

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When President Jimmy Carter created the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in 1978, this site, including the former retreat of Judge Samuel Hewlett (ca. 1930s), was selected as headquarters. Today the log and stone structure is the park’s visitor center. Nineteenth-century pioneers, settling this area after removal of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, sought shallow fords to bring their families across the river. One such site was here at Island Ford. Today the rocky shoals attract fly-fishers, while hikers trek along the banks and through the surrounding hills.

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"When President Jimmy Carter created the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in 1978, this site, including the former retreat of Judge Samuel Hewlett (ca. 1930s), was selected as headquarters. Today the log and stone structure is the park’s visitor center.

Nineteenth-century pioneers, settling this area after removal of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, sought shallow fords to bring their families across the river. One such site was here at Island Ford. Today the rocky shoals attract fly-fishers, while hikers trek along the banks and through the surrounding hills."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dunwoody
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 190 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Chamblee
Driving Directions: Directions to Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: Island Ford Unit

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May 2018