The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Park will fit the bill. Ok, you may need to plan this one out, and it may not really fit for a first date, but this place is definitely full of romantic options.
If you or your date enjoys the outdoors at all, this will fit perfectly. You can trout fish here, cook out, hike, and it’s also full of photo opportunities.
There are right at 3 miles of various hiking trails here all featuring enough changes in elevation to give the feel of hiking up Georgia’s National Forest. The park borders the Chattahoochee River with a handful of nice shoals offering cascading waters, which adds to the North Ga. Mountains feel.
There is a huge mountain lodge style visitor’s center here with a huge stone fireplace that’s fired up during the winter months. The visitor’s center has all the information you need on the park, as well as some nice books on everything from trout fishing in Georgia, to anything nature oriented. There is also a small room like a miniature library just for kids, which is a real nice amenity if you are bringing any little ones on your date.
There is a large covered pavilion with a view of the Chattahoochee River, and a small cascading creek just below it. This covered pavilion has a huge stone grill for cooking out.
It’s not uncommon to see a handful of hikers out here, and trout anglers fly-fishing out in the river. There is also a really nice picnic on a small dock protruding out over the river that makes a perfect spot for a picnic with your date.
Now, like I said, you need to plan this one out a little bit. This makes a perfect spot to spend a late day and early evening. You and your date can come here, and enjoy a little hiking, or if your date is truly an outdoors person, you can spend a few hours here fishing for some nice fresh rainbow trout. Trust me, the trout in here are very large.
The trails behind the visitor’s center are fairly gradual, and are perfect if you just want to walk around for a little while, and take in some nice forest scenery. It’s not a bit unusual to see wildlife such as deer. I see deer here all the time when I come here to trout fish.
The park is located at the exit 6 Northridge off of Ga. 400, just a few miles outside of I-285.
1) The visitor’s center is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm 7 days a week.
2) There is a $3.00 parking fee, cash only, and you pay at a un-attended pay station, so make sure you have some cash, but the visitor’s center can give you change if you are there when they are open.
3) Upon entry, there is a sign stating what time the park gate will close. This does not mean you can’t get out, it just means you can’t enter after that time. If the gate is closed when you’re ready to leave, you just pull up to the line, and the gate opens automatically to let you out.
4) The address is 1978 Island Ford Pkwy Sandy Springs, GA 30350 you can use Google Maps for directions.
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