There is no mistake that the Chattahoochee River is one of the most scenic outdoor attractions in Georgia. To experience its beauty and charm, I highly recommend embarking on a trip to one of the many Chattahoochee River hiking trails. Run, hike, or bike– rest assured, your feet will take you on a trip you will never forget.
The Riverside Trail at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park’s Riverside Trail is a great introduction to the wonders of the Chattahoochee River trails. It’s easy enough for kids and pets, but scenic enough to excite even the most experienced outdoorsman. Riverside Trail will take you on a 4 mile hike, which follows alongside the river, giving you a peaceful afternoon outing. The elevation is nearly level in most parts of the trail, and there are plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife. However, if you’re feeling a tad bit more adventurous, you can extend your hike at the park and take the Riverside and Bend Trail combo, which runs for 10 miles and will lead you into a pine forest and several riverfront platform campsites.
Sope Creek Trail will take you on a historic and scenic loop
Sope Creek is an easy, kid and pet friendly trail that covers approximately three miles, and is great for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. The main attraction of the Sope Creek Trail, is the ruins of a paper mill that dates back to the Civil War. According to local history, the mill was destroyed by Union troops in an attempt to diminish the Rebel’s armed forces. Today, it’s an eerie reminder of the ravages of war. From the mill, just head downstream and the trail will take you to the river itself in its calm and tranquil state. You can choose to take a dip in a nearby pond, which is surrounded by tons of colorful wildflowers during the Summer months.
History and a beautiful spillway waterfall via the Vickery Creek Trail
Slightly more difficult than the aforementioned river trails, the Vickery Creek Trail is a favorite among hikers and trail runners who are looking for a bit of a challenge, without having to go too far from Atlanta. Vickery Creek Trail runs approximately five miles and offers a scenic, shady hike that runs deep within the forest. The best part about the Vickery Creek Trail, however, are the treasures it hides. Reminiscent of Sope Creek Trail, Vickery Creek will also lead you to Civil War-era Roswell Mill ruins, as well as a beautiful waterfall from a historic spillway dam. Because of these beautiful landmarks, Vickery Creek Trail has consistently been voted as one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! For more information about Chattahoochee River trails, check out this link. You can also contact me at CCourville@CCourville.com or 678-618-0382.