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
Mon. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm;
Sun., 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.
Roswell Trail System and River Walk
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.
Throughout Roswell you will find numerous trails that allow you to enjoy the history and the natural beauty of the area.
Chattahoochee, 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.
Picnic areas, spraygrounds, playgrounds, boat ramps, bicycling, multipurpose trails, fishing and more. Maps and information available at the Roswell Visitors Center.
This rock shelter is a scenic and cultural resource similar to others found along the Chattahoochee & its tributaries. The shelters were used by Native American inhabitants as living quarters. Located at the end of the old railroad cut.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Roswell Trail System and River Walk
Sixteen miles of trails wind through the city. Old Mill Park, with an interpretive walk highlighting the old mill ruins, allows visitors to get close to Vickery Creek and its dam. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is linked to the trail by the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge.
Enjoy the beauty of the Chattahoochee River at Azalea Park on Azalea Drive; Don White Memorial Park on Riverside Rd; Riverside Park on Riverside Road. Maps and information about the trails available at the Roswell Visitors Center.
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.
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)