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Chattahoochee Bend River Trail
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Trail Length: 6.0 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Our rating: E
Features: visitors center, river, fishing, camping, bathrooms Your rating:
Usage: Light Added on: July 26, 2010
Last hiked: July 04, 2011 Updated on: September 13, 2011
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Chattahoochee Bend State Park Visitors Center
This 6.0 round trip white-blazed trail follows the Chattahoochee River from the end of the service road to the "Bend of the River" that gives Georgia's newest State Park its name: Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

Located on the Chattahoochee River about half-way between Carrollton and Newnan, Chattahoochee Bend State Park opened in 2011. When it opened it had 2910 acres of land under management, although this is expected to increase in the future. The entrance to the trail is at the end of the main road past the visitors center (Flatrock Road) near the boat ramp, a pavilion and a playground for the kids. Other trails in the park are slated for future development.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park Observation Tower
The hike begins on the right side of the road before the parking lot for the boat ramp, near two trash barrels at the double-blazed entrance. After a brief walk through a scrub forest the trail drops to a normally dry or low-volume, steep-sided creek bed. After crossing a total of 3 of these features the trail rises to a low ridge above the bank of the Chattahoochee River, which is occasionally visible.

Notice the healthy, natural riparian (riverine) zones on both sides of the river. About 60% of the food consumed by the fish come from these riparian zones, so the abundant growth signals a healthy river. They also supply shelter for amphibians (watch for frogs), reduce the sediment in the river, and partially filter local run-off.

As the trail winds through the forest it passes a two-story observation tower at 0.8 miles. On quiet days its not unusual to see deer pass nearby. The level trail continues past the tower, but is somewhat overgrown. We managed to hike to the Bend of the River at 3.0 miles and return for a total of 6.0 miles. If you continue on, the trail turns right, leaving the river and climbs back to the entrance road for a total out distance of 6.0 miles. At this point you can return on the trail for a total of 12.0 miles, or follow the entrance road to the end for a total of 10.0 miles.


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