The next time you tune in to your favorite country station and the DJ is playing "W D Y on the , by Newnan Native Alan Jackson, or you happen to hear it in between innings at an Atlanta Braves game, this is the same muddy water the country star sings about and quite possibly the very location that inspired the lyrics to that number one record. This is also the location for one of Georgia's largest and newest parks.
Park History: The property was previously owned by Georgia Power and timber companies with several hundred acres of tree in the area. Area residents got together and purchased the property along with funds from Coweta county elected officials and this lead to the creation of the State Park in 2011
Riverside Trail Hike: The park boasts more than 12 miles of hiking trails through a variety of forest trees including some old growth timber closer to the bend and various other locations along the way. For the most part the trails are flat with some exceptions. From the parking and picnic area the trail heads along the rivers edge crossing a few drainage areas and creeks. The trail is well maintained with bridges across most water areas. If you hike, the first one should carry a stick to beat off the spider webs that form across the trail. Other than that and the humidity it was a super pleasant hike. I walked about 5 miles round trip.
The temperature was in the lower 70's and the humidity over the area was around 50% at the time these pictures were taken. It's important though to remember that the forest will trap in moisture and so it felt more humid than it was. I'd recommend bringing some trail bars and water if you plan to go as far as I did or take in the entire trail. I'd say though from now through November and again in the early Spring is the best time to enjoy the park.
Day Trips might also include a planned picnic, and if you wanted to bring something to grill, you might take a burn log or some charcoal and use the grills and picnic tables found at the trail head here and throughout the park. Rest room facilities are never far away, unless you get miles down the trail, and at the boat ramp there's even a shower to clean off the kayak.
Chattahoochee River, Coweta County GA
The Park also features several very nice camp grounds for pull throughs, back ins, and tents. Plus, there's even back country camping available as well. You can even stay in cottages with all of the modern amenities you'd expect. I have a small camping trailer I use for road trips to State and National parks and I definitely plan to spend a night or two here in the future.
I couldn't have picked a better day to visit the park for this blog entry. It was just before Labor Day weekend so I practically had the entire park to myself, and the area was under a high pressure system so low humidity, moderate temps and not a cloud in the sky!
Chattahoochee Bend State Park is a terrific destination just for the day, for a weekend or for a couple of hours. It's just 20 miles away from the subdivisions and golf courses of Newnan, and an hour or so from Atlanta. Surrounded by the unspoiled Georgia countryside just the drive to the park alone is sure to please.
Future plans are to link this trail and park with a proposed multi million dollar river trail system that will stretch more than 100 miles from Chattahoochee Bend State Park all the way up to the Dam in Gwinnett County: https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/cobb/chattahoochee-river-sidewalk-planned-in-cobb/JAICVVRXQ5D2BIGEU7TOJG6W2Q/
That will ultimately be part of what is referred to as the Chattahoochee River Corridor.