The Island Ford Trail is a simple trail along the Chattahoochee River that is good for a quick and easy mid-week hike.
Hiking the Island Ford Trail
Located in the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area in Roswell, GA just north of the Atlanta Perimeter, the Island Ford Trail is an easy 2 mile hike. The hike begins with a drop in elevation from the parking lot as you walk down to the Chattahoochee River. It is a short walk before you begin the loop. We took the trail on the left, opting to start our hike with the short, moderate climb in elevation into the wooded forest.
It’s a quick mile hike before the trail descends in elevation back toward the riverbanks. We took a break to hop across rocks into the river to get a good view upstream. The mile back then follows the riverbank. The trail passes many large, cave-like overhanging rock outcrops that likely provided shelter to early native tribes. After crossing over a wooden bridge, the loop rejoins the trailhead back to the parking lot.
Since the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is part of the National Parks System, there is a $3 day pass fee that can be left in the parking lot drop boxes.
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