The Chattahoochee River Through Georgia

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The Chattahoochee River is Georgia’s River. It’s also one of the hardest working rivers in America. I’ve been able to visit nearly every major point along the River.

In the North, it starts on public land. In the middle, it runs through Metro Atlanta, and fronts the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. And in the south, it’s bordered by several State Parks.

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View Near Chattahoochee Gap
The River starts near Jacks Gap along the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest
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It picks up flow as it passes the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground
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The river goes through its first urban area in Helen, GA
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The river hits a series of dams in north metro Atlanta, including Buford and Morgan Dams
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The National Park Service manages the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area (thank you Jimmy Carter!)
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After flowing through Atlanta’s industrial area, it slows down through Chattahoochee Bend State Park
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By Florence Marina State Park, it’s a legit big river
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The river meets it’s final dam at Lake Seminole where it merges with the Flint to form the Apalachicola to head to the Gulf of Mexico

I didn’t set out to explore the River at all. I just happened to do it in the course of exploring Georgia. To me, it showed how even though we think that roads and rail structure our world…things like rivers and mountains are still the things that determine why things like cities, parks, etc are where they are.

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