Chatt-Bend State Park admission free Saturday
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Saturday will be a big day at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
The park with celebrate "Our State Parks Day" by waiving admission fees to all Georgia state parks and historic sites, including Chattahoochee Bend, located along the Chattahoochee River in northwestern Coweta County.
Volunteers with the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend group will be building new hiking trails. The new trails will be the first constructed in more than a year. The trails will also be the first to provide public access to the park's iconic "Flat Rock" granite outcrop areas.
Volunteers should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park's visitor center. Volunteers are welcome to stay throughout the day and enjoy the park.
A discount coupon for future state park accommodations will be given to volunteers.
You don’t need to volunteer in order to enjoy Chattahoochee Bend park for Our State Parks Day.
“We hope people will take advantage of the day, and the cool fall weather, and come out to enjoy everything Chattahoochee Bend has to offer,” said Steve St. Laurent, president of the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park. “Bring a kayak or canoe, or hike along the river. There is no other public park in Georgia where large granite flat rocks, montane longleaf pine woodlands, and mature upland hardwood forests can be experienced within such a short hiking distance.”
The park features hiking trails, picnicking along the river, a boat ramp, tent and RV camping, platform camping on the river, and playgrounds. Canoes can be rented, along with sit-on-top kayaks from the park visitor center.
Chattahoochee Bend is located off Bud Davis Road, six miles off Hwy. 34 West and Thomas Powers Road.
The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend group has been busy volunteering and raising funds since its founding in 2009, more than two years before the park's opening. The group has built more than eight miles of hiking trails, provided improvements to campsites, completed planting and beautification projects, purchased the canoes and kayaks for rentals, and led activity programs and river cleanups.
For more information about Chattahoochee Bend State Park, visit www.GaStateParks.org/chattahoocheebend or call 770-254-7271.
For more information about the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend, visit www.BendFriend.com .