The Chattahoochee River, located partially in Cobb, was recently designated as the country’s first National Water Trail. The National Water Trails System is a new network that will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways and promote tourism to fuel our local economy.

The Chattahoochee River Trail travels through 48 miles of river within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and the park serves more than 3.2 million visitors per year. In addition to providing more than 65 percent of the public greenspace in the metro Altanta, the river also provides most of the area’s drinking water.

“The Chattahoochee River Water Trail provides clean water, greenspace and river access for millions of Americans every year,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. “As our nation opens a new chapter on rivers, one where we value our waterways for their recreational, economic and ecological importance, it is fitting that the Chattahoochee River Water Trail leads the way.”

To learn more about the National Trails System, visit http://www.nps.gov/nts.

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