Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area preserves a series of sites between Atlanta
in the United States
and Lake Sidney Lanier
along the Chattahoochee River. The 48-mile (77 km) stretch of the river affords public recreation opportunities and access to historic spots. The National Recreation Area, a National Park Service unit, was established on August 15, 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.The Chattahoochee River is a stocked trout stream with 23 species of game fish. Year-round fishing is available with a Georgia
fishing license and a trout stamp.
Shoals is the largest and most popular unit of the park, featuring a 3-mile (4.8 km) fitness trail, suitable for walking/jogging/biking, that is wheelchair accessible and also excellent for bird and wildlife watching. The historic Marietta
Paper Mill ruins along Sope Creek
are preserved within the Sope Creek unit of the area. The Akers Mill ruins along Rottenwood Creek are found within the West Palisades unit. Steep rock cliffs rise from the river's flood plain in the East Palisades unit of the park.