Sunday, May 21, 2017, Palisades Canoe Float & Spring Flora, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Cobb/Fulton Counties
Description: Bring your own canoe or kayak and join the Georgia Botanical Society and naturalist Jerry Hightower for a leisurely float on the Chattahoochee River. We will float a three-mile section of the river from Powers Island to Paces Mill at US Hwy 41, exploring plants, geology, and wildlife, including an extraordinary array of late spring wildflowers. There are three mild Class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river. The Palisades have narrow floodplains and steep ridges rising to over 1,000 feet. The area offers a great diversity of habitats and includes oak-hickory forest, steep north-facing slopes, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Created by the geologic action of the Brevard Fault, the river, and the effects of weather, this is a rugged and beautiful section of the river. We will stop at Devil’s Stair Step Beach (Diving Rock) for lunch and a short loop walk.
Location: Meet at Powers Island, 5862 Interstate North Pkwy., Sandy Springs, Georgia at 10:00 a.m. to unload equipment. We will then take the majority of the vehicles to Paces Mill and shuttle the drivers back to Powers Island. Please let Jerry know if you have a multi-passenger vehicle and could help with the shuttle.
Bring: Lunch, sunscreen, hat, rain gear, and water. Camera, binoculars, and hand lens are recommended. Bring a day pack or other bag to secure items inside your boat. $3.00 daily parking pass or annual parking pass needed.
Directions: See www.nps.gov/chat or call 678-538-1200.
Bathroom Facilities: At Powers Island, our lunch stop, and at Paces Mill.
Fees: $3 parking fee at the Recreation Area unless you have an annual pass.
Reservations are required: Contact Jerry Hightower at <firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-206-0338