Chattahoochee River Attractions and Trails

Roswell is located on the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River in an area once called “Enchanted Land.” Explore Roswell with a hike, stroll, or by canoe, kayak, or raft. Keep a pair of binoculars handy for bird watching and perhaps a journal to log the flora and fauna you will find along the way.



Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Road
Roswell, GA 30075
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday noon – 5 pm

An interpretive center for the Chattahoochee River, Chattahoochee Nature Center is the oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast. This environmental sanctuary encompasses 27 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. The Center grows more than 50% of the rare and endangered plant species found in Georgia, in their gardens. Some gardens reflect Georgia’s Living Wetlands, depicting 5 different wetland habitats that are threatened throughout the State of Georgia. A Butterfly Garden, Bog Garden with carnivorous plants, river boardwalk, woodland trails, and a Gold LEED-certified Discovery Center that interprets the Chattahoochee River watershed add to the experience.


From Spring through Fall, enjoy naturalist led Canoe trips on the Chattahoochee River. A variety of experiences are offered:

  • Family canoeing
  • Date night opportunities
  • Other special themes


Check the website for dates and times.


Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity garden grows fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The garden uses sustainable gardening practices, found and recycled resources, and focuses on producing healthy plants in healthy soil. Not only is this special Unity garden a resource for children to see how their food is grown, but it’s a hands-on learning experience.  Through this garden, Chattahoochee Nature Center is metro Atlanta’s largest provider of fresh produce for local food pantries.


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Roswell Trail System and River WalkVickery Bridge

Throughout Roswell you will find numerous trails that allow you to enjoy the history and the natural beauty of the area.


More than thirty miles of trails wind through the city. One of the most beautiful areas in Roswell is the City’s Old Mill Park. This park has an interpretive walk highlighting the old mill ruins of Roswell and allows visitors to get close to Vickery Creek and its dam. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is linked by the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge.


For additional information please contact:
Roswell Visitors Center – 770-640-3253 or 800-776-7935
Roswell Recreation & Parks Dept. 770-641-3705


Cherokee Memorial

This Memorial in tribute to the Cherokee is a project of Cindi Crane and the Roswell Historical Society.

The purpose of the memorial:

  • To educate and help provide inclusion of the Cherokee in Roswell’s history
  • This monument is a memorial to the Cherokees who were driven from their land and their homes against their will in 1838.

Thousands died on the Nunna-da-ul-tsun-yi, commonly translated as “The Trail of Tears.”

Roswell’s Cherokee Memorial is located at Riverside park (575 Riverside Drive) and Azalea Drive, along the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee means “river of the painted rock”. At one time the Cherokee and Creek people lived, hunted, and fished along its banks. The river and its tributaries supplied power to run the mills. Today, a 7-mile linear park along the Chattahoochee River provides the opportunity to follow one of Georgia’s most unique resources as it winds its way through Roswell. Playgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, fishing, and more. To enjoy the Chattahoochee River visit Azalea Park on Azalea Drive; Don White Memorial Park on Riverside Road; Riverside Park on Riverside Road.


Maps and information available at the Roswell Visitors Center.


Old Mill Park

A 30-foot dam and millrace were constructed on Vickery Creek in the mid-to-late 1830s to supply power for the mills. This trail will allow you to view the dam and the old mill ruins. (Wear proper hiking shoes and access this area near the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge – you will go to the left just before reaching the bridge itself.)


Roswell Riverwalk

Year Round

Parking at Azalea Park; 203 Azalea Drive; Roswell, GA 30075

Riverwalk Phase IV, a multi-purpose greenway that parallels the Chattahoochee River, is part of the overall Roswell Riverwalk that runs across Bull Sluice Lake from Azalea Drive to Willeo Road ending across from the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Outdoor lovers are sure to enjoy getting close to the river without getting wet. Stroll along the boardwalks, take photos with the Chattahoochee River in the background, and watch the sun set from the waterfront.


Spirit of Roswell Riverboat

(Mailing address) 9755 Roberts Drive
Atlanta, GA 30350
Authentic 63-foot paddle boat available for group charter or day trips. Catering available. By reservation only; Visa, Mastercard, AMEX accepted.


Shoot the Hooch

Rentals of canoes, kayaks, rafts, stand-up paddleboards and tubes for enjoyment on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell.
Located at Azalea Park – 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell, GA 30075. Shuttles available from 10am-3pm. For additional information and details visit or 770-650-1008


Put-In/Take-Out Locations

Along with the option to rent, some people will choose to bring their own canoe, kayak or paddleboard. If you are bringing your ow, here are the put-in and take-out locations in Roswell.

  • Garrard Landing Park
  • Don White Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Azalea Park

Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge

This bridge was constructed in 2005 to connect Old Mill Park and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, just across the creek. The National Park property contains Allenbrook, an antebellum home constructed between 1845-1857.


Laurel/Ivy Mill

These remains are located on Big Creek near its confluence with the Chattahoochee River. The woolen mill was burned by federal troops in 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign. Women operatives of the mill were sent north after Roswell’s capture so that their skills would not benefit the Confederacy. The mill stood from about 1855 until 1864 and then was rebuilt by Barrington King and his son, James Roswell King.


Azalea Park

203 Azalea Drive – Roswell, GA 30075
Canoe/kayak launch, fishing allowed, free WiFi, picnic areas, playground, restrooms, river/creek access, trails and on Azalea Drive you will find the entrance to Phase IV of the boardwalk.


Don White Park

925 Riverside Road – Roswell, GA 30075
Canoe/kayak launch, fishing allowed, fishing docks, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic areas, restrooms, river/creek access, trails, volleyball court.


Garrard Landing Park

8000 Holcomb Bridge Road
Canoe/kayak launch, fishing allowed, picnic areas, playground, restrooms, river/creek access and trails for hiking/walking.


Riverside Park

575 Riverside Road – Roswell, GA 30075
Canoe/kayak launch, concerts/outdoor stage, concession stand, fishing allowed, fishing docks, Free WiFi, picnic areas, playground, restroom, river/creek access, sprayground, trails.


Machine Shop

The 1853 Machine Shop is the only extant building left of the original 1839 Roswell Manufacturing Company. The building is a two story brick building and is late Georgian in style. The trail to the left of the Machine Shop will lead to the old mill ruins and the dam.

As you explore some of our woodland trails, remember you are entering the home of a people who once lived a way of life that might seem foreign to us now. Somewhere near you stands a tree from whose “grandfather-tree” a bow was carved – and from another, an arrow. From other trees within your view came “aspirin” and “Pasta” and tough dependable cordage … all from the inner bark. There was a day when this knowledge was known to every man, woman, and child. These were the Native Americans who once inhabited the land. (Mark Warren – Through the Eyes of the Cherokee)

Through the Eyes of the Cherokee Booklet

Through the Eyes of the Cherokee Booklet