Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of activities do you offer at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area?
The Chattahoochee River NRA offers several outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and evening family programs. For more information click on Plan Your Visit or call the Visitor Center at 678-538-1200.

Does the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area rent boats?
The Chattahoochee NRA does not rent boats directly but we do license several vendor to rent rafts, tubes, canoes, and kayaks for day use on the river.

Where can I camp along the Chattahoochee River?
Camping is not permitted in the Chattahoochee NRA. We are a day use park open from Dawn (30 min. before legal sunrise) to Dark (30 min. after legal sunset.)

What is required to fish on the Chattahoochee River?
Anyone over the age of 15 must have a valid Georgia fishing license with a Trout stamp in order to fish on the Chattahoochee River. The purchase of your trout stamp supports the stocking of Rainbow and Brown trout in the Chattahoochee River. Fishing licenses can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, Walmarts, or online through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.

Are bikes allowed on the trails at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area?
Currently, biking is only allowed in the Sope Creek, Columns Drive, and Interstate North areas of the park. Riding bikes on undesignated trails erodes the trails and harms the environment of the Chattahoochee River.

Are dogs allowed at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area?
Dogs are allowed on the trails in the park but they must remain on a leash at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet and are required for the safety of visitors as well as the dogs themselves. Pet owners are required to clean up after their dogs and dispose of the waste properly. Most locations have bags provided but bring extras in case they are depleted. Cleaning up after pets helps to protect the water quality of the river.

Does my National Parks Pass apply to the $3.00 parking fee at the Chattahoochee River?
Currently, the National Parks Pass is not valid in the Chattahoochee River NRA. Our parking fee is what is known as a Use fee which is not covered by the National Parks Pass. An annual parking pass is available for the Chattahoochee River NRA for $25. 

We want to have a group event at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. How do I go about reserving a pavilion or area?
Picnic areas at the Chattahoochee River NRA are first-come, first-serve unless you have at least 20 people. 

Is grilling allowed at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area?
Yes, grilling is allowed and most park areas have grills installed near the picnic areas. You may also bring your own grill but we ask that you thoroughly extinguish all fires to prevent a forest fire.

Is alcohol allowed at the park or on the river?
Alcohol is allowed in the park and on the river but glass bottles are not allowed on the river or the banks of the river. Designate a driver if you plan on drinking at the park and please pick up your trash. Be considerate of others who use the park.

Where can I get my National Parks Passport book stamped?
Visit the Island Ford Visitor Contact Station to get your passport book stamped. The Visitor Contact Station is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday of the year (excluding December 25).