Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway Trail
For more than 30 years, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) has led the effort to create a continuous, multiuse path along the Chattahoochee River where residents and visitors alike can fish, hike, paddle and enjoy Georgia’s most famous river. Through these efforts, TPL has already helped preserve more than 18,000 acres of land and 80 miles of riverfront for public use.
The Chattahoochee RiverLands project is an initiative of TPL to help envision a plan for 100 miles of trails and parks along the river. Beginning in 2018 through 2022, the Chattahoochee Working Group convened to engage with each other on a regular basis to better understand Chattahoochee-related topics, agendas and initiatives, and to conceive a master plan for the RiverLands. The final report represents an aspirational vision for the Chattahoochee RiverLands, developed in collaboration with current-day stewards, paddlers, anglers, volunteers and citizens. Following the creation of the master plan, the group engaged in the development of Design Guidelines with the goal of developing a singular user experience through the multiple jurisdictions and varied landscape the RiverLands will traverse.
The Future of the RiverLands Along the Fulton Industrial District
In early 2023, in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), TPL applied for a Federal RAISE grant in the amount of $6.6 million to develop a plan for an approximately 9-mile greenway trail along the Chattahoochee River from Proctor Creek in Atlanta through the city of South Fulton, crossing the river at Camp Creek Parkway/Thornton Road, and then continuing south to Sweetwater Creek State Park/Rock House Road in Douglas County. The planned Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway Trail is an initiative of TPL in partnership with the Boulevard CID, city of Atlanta, city of South Fulton, Fulton County, the city of Douglasville and Douglas County.
If Awarded the Grant
A grant is being requested to fund a study to refine the entire alignment from the planning level to a realistic, site-specific alignment and to then proceed with a 30% CDs/NEPA/GDOT Concept Report along with a cost estimate by section.