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Hike the kid-friendly Riverside Trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, exploring the Chattahoochee River in a wildlife-filled, shady forest south of Atlanta.

georgia hiking trails: 2-4 miles 3.8 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: easyeasy to
moderate
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
friendly
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:near Peachtree City, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

RATED:  4/5 (3 reviews)

This four-mile hike at Chattahoochee Bend State Park explores a scenic stretch of the Chattahoochee River, catching views of the smooth-flowing ‘Hooch, hiking under towering, old-growth trees and climbing an observation tower to beautiful river views. Running nearly level elevation, the Riverside Trail is kid-friendly, and wildlife-spotting opportunities are fantastic on the river’s sunlight-dappled banks. It’s a fantastic medium-length day hike south of Atlanta at one of Georgia’s newest state parks.

Up for a longer adventure at the park? Hike a scenic 10-mile adventure on the Chattahoochee Bend Riverside and Bend Trail combo, exploring a pine forest and the park’s platform campsites on the banks of the river.

Chattahoochee Bend: hike the Riverside Trail to stunning views from the river's banks

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Chattahoochee Bend Riverside Trail: the hike

Departing the park’s day-use trailhead (view maps and driving directions), the Riverside Trail hikes eastbound, following the broad-flowing river upstream under a shady forest canopy.

Chattahoochee Bend Riverside Trail

The trail crosses a small tributary stream over a bridge at .45 mile, running nearly level elevation on a compacted dirt trail. The hike trails near the banks of the river, crossing through patches of grasses and native bamboo that thrive on the river’s floodplain. The trail passes under the shade of several large-trunked, old-growth trees that dwarf the surrounding forest.

Continuing its eastbound, upstream hike, the Riverside Trail reaches a wooden, two-story observation tower at .85 mile. The tower, open to hikers, offers extensive views of the smooth-flowing river and makes a great mid-hike resting or snack spot.

Chattahoochee Bend Riverside Trail

Departing the observation tower, the trail continues eastward, diving deeper into the remote sections of the park. Birds, deer, and large wild hare frequent these lesser-traveled parts of the trail.

The Chattahoochee River’s banks are home to a variety of mushrooms, lichen, and mosses that thrive in this sun-dappled wilderness. The trail arcs away from the river’s banks at 1.2 miles, crossing a bridge over a tributary. The hike veers northeast after rejoining the river, passing a rocky ridge that rises on the right at 1.8 miles. Reaching the end of the Riverside Trail at just over 2 miles, the hike catches views of a large bend in the river, with the opposite bank’s treeline reflecting in the river’s smooth flow.

From here, this hike turns to retrace its steps to the trailhead. The hike doubles back on its outbound route, reaching the trailhead at 4 miles and completing the adventure.



More hiking adventures at Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Have energy – and daylight – to burn? The park’s Chattahoochee Bend Trail continues from the end of the Riverside Trail, arcing southeast to climb an adjacent ridge and further exploring the river’s broad, meandering bend.


 
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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Chattahoochee Bend Riverside Trail Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

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Trail Rating

RATED:  4/5 (3 reviews)

Updates

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Driving Directions



Parking

$5, or included with a Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites membership.


GPS Coordinates

33.429550, -85.012183     //     N33 25.773 W85 00.731

Elevation Profile

Chattahoochee Bend Riverside Trail Elevation Profile
 
Eric Champlin
Author

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.