Family Weekender: Atlanta

Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
By Hiram Rogers
Go Guide: Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

Getting there: The concession area is off Powers Ferry Road, just north of the I-75/285 junction. 

Contact: Call (770) 399-8070 for the park, or visit To rent rafts or canoes, call (770) 395-6851, or visit  

Extra treats: All park units have hiking trails.


Atlantans are familiar with boiling points, because every summer the temperature hits a point where it's just too hot to move. For outdoor lovers that's the time to head for"The Hootch": Grab yourself a boat and let the mighty river do its work.

The Hootch doesn't have scary rapids or technical whitewater. Even with names like Devil's Racecourse, the water and shoals are family friendly. If your crew isn't made up of salty sea dogs, try a more stable raft the first trip, and test a canoe on a later run. Pack up your picnic basket too. There are plenty of places to tie up for lunch.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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