Last week, Secretary Salazar unveiled the new National Water Trails System. He also announced that a trail on the Chattahoochee River would be the first to be designated as a national water trail under the new system.
The water trail travels through 48 miles of river within the park, which serves 3.2 million visitors annually, most from the local Atlanta metro region. In addition to providing over 65% of the public green space in this urban region, the river provides most of Atlanta’s drinking water. The park and new water trail contain 18 developed public access points and connect with other local city and county parks. The river is heavily used by anglers, tubers, kayakers, canoers, and rafters.
“The Chattahoochee River Water Trail provides clean water, green space, and river access for millions of Americans every year,” Salazar said. “As our nation opens a new chapter on rivers - one where we value our waterways for their recreational, economic and ecological importance - it is fitting that the Chattahoochee River Water Trail leads the way.”
To learn more about the National Trails System, click on the link below.