Island Ford Unit Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Following removal of the Cherokee from northern Georgia, pioneers moved into this area, establishing the nearby town of Roswell on bluffs above the Chattahoochee and carving out farms along the waterway. There were a few ferries across the river, so settlers crossed at shallow fords. One such site was Island Ford. Today, the rustic log and stone structure serves as the national recreation area’s headquarters and visitor center.
While this is one of the shortest hikes in the guide, it is a path of rugged and exceptional scenic beauty. Begin at the parking area, descend the steps to the right of the visitor center, and proceed to the floodplain trail beside a boat ramp and recreation field . Turn left and follow the path north along the river, crossing a footbridge at 0.2 mile. Continue
straight (path to the left returns to the parking lot) and enjoy panoramic views of the Chattahoochee as it winds along shallow, rocky shoals. This section of the river is especially popular with fly fishers."