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Stake Your Claim on a Trail at The Bend!

The community needs your involvement to keep the trails clear and easy to follow by the many visitors we have every week. The Friends need you to step up to the trailhead with rakes and pruning gear in hand and take ownership of a section of trail!!

To join the Chattahoochee Trail Blazers, contact

Want to do a Trial Trail Adoption? No problem!

Check our Trail Status Page to see what needs help ASAP, then proceed as shown below.

Here's what to do:

1. Select a trail section and decide if you want to adopt it for 6 months, 12 months, or until further notice. Email us with your choice.

2. Print and complete -- for each person -- an Acknowledgement of Volunteer Responsibility and give it to the park staff at the Visitor's Center when you check in. (These are also available at the Visitor's Center.) You will need to do this the first time you volunteer and at the beginning of every year thereafter.

3. Print and bring with you a Personal Volunteer Log or Event Volunteer Log (best for team volunteering). (These are also available at the Visitor's Center.)

4. Pack up your tools for trail maintenance: leaf rakes, loppers, pruning shears, machetes, swing blades, hand saws, bow saws. Gas-powered string trimmers and blowers are useful. No chainsaws, please. Notify park staff of any large fallen trees.

5. Check in at the Visitor's Center. Volunteers do not have to pay for parking, but you must get a pass at the Visitor's Center.

6. Go to our Trail Status Page to update us.

Please read the trail maintenance tips at right.

Maps (click to enlarge) and Status Description

The beginning and end of the sections are indicated with arrows in colored circles that match the color of the name of the section.

Accessing the north end of the park for RBT sections 4-6 is best done in a high-clearance vehicle.

Adopted by John and Dana Anthony

Riverside-Campground Loop

This blue-blazed trail should be heavily-used by campers and is part of the Wild Turkey Trail. It includes the west terminus of the Wild Turkey Trail, spur trails to Campgrounds 2 and 1 and a section of spur trail to the Riverside Trail.

The Campground Loop was recently rerouted to connect with the Riverside-Bend Trail near the bridge at the RBT's new beginning.

At 0.75 mile long, it runs mostly flat and streamside. A full-size Eagle Scout bridge is on this trail.


Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 1

The premier trail section at the park begins at the main RBT Trailhead -- which is now at the playground -- and ends at the Observation Tower.

It features two ADA bridges. The narrow, low-lying bridge at Turkey Creek gets covered with mud when the river gets high. That will be replaced with the 43-foot-span Turkey Creek Bridge. Soon.

At 1+ mile long, it's mostly flat with some sand. There is a cut-through before the switchback near the river that will become an ADA cut-through. The trail is well-traveled and will be cut to 4 feet wide for ADA access to the Observation Tower (OT).


Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 2

Observation Tower to Crossing 5, which is a wet-weather stream with somewhat steep banks.

About 3/4 mile (after 1 mile hike to OT). Flat, some sand and slick mud. One bridge. North end will have privet and thick grasses to contend with.

Trail is less-traveled than Section 1 and the microstegium vimineum keeps encroaching on the trail and needs to be cut back regularly.


Note: the Bench Overlook is now the landmark at which the Riverside part of the trail ends and the Bend part begins. The benches have been removed because they were all-natural and badly deteriorated.

Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 3

Base 2 downriver to Crossing 5, which is a wet-weather stream with somewhat steep banks. (Expect a reroute or bridge soon.)

About 3/4 mile. Downhill on an old roadbed, then flat. One bridgeless creek crossing. South end will have privet and thick grasses to contend with.

Easiest access is via Base 2. We recommend using a truck or Jeep to get there.

Adopted by John S. and Troop 57

Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 4

Base 2 northward to Scout Spur 1 (has plaque with Troop 46). About 6/10 mile. Rolling hills and cut-ins, Scout spur trails. The hardwood canopy provides enough shade to keep most undergrowth controlled. Hardest part of this is all the hardwood leaves to remove in the fall.

Easiest access is via Base 2. We recommend using a truck or Jeep to get there.

Adopted by Newnan Hiking Club


Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 5

Base 1 (SW corner of field) southward to Scout Spur 1. Just under 1 mile.

Flat with grasses along field's edge (old mower would be best for this), then gently rolling, one small bridge (which need putting back in place occasionally), then a long, easy incline.

Easiest access is in SE corner of field.

Adopted by Steve S.
(until further notice)

Riverside-Bend Trail - Section 6

Base 1 (SW corner of field) northward to North Trailhead. Just over 1 mile.

Rocky, narrow cut-in, then easier and wider along gentle slopes.

Access from North Trail Head or SE corner of Base 1 field.


Wild Turkey Trail - Section 1

Visitor's Center westward to Trail Head 2. About 3/4 mile. Lots of ups and down, thick grasses (getting better as trail gets worn down), sunlit switchback at ridgeside crossing can get very overgrown, road crossing, rocky trail.

Trail varies from less than 2 feet wide to about 3.


Wild Turkey Trail - Section 2

Trail Head 2 westward across Bobwhite Way to Swamp Road Crossing. About 0.85 mile. Gentler slopes than section 1, thick grasses at trailhead and powerline crossing, road crossing embankment has been greatly eased.

Varies from a couple feet wide to 4+.


Wild Turkey Trail Section 3

Swamp Road Crossing west toward Campgrounds. Gently rolling terrain gets flat toward river, grasses, pines, etc. About 1.1 mile.

Easiest access is at the dirt road on the right between the trail crossing and the bridge on Bobwhite.



Tower Trail

Woodbridge Crossing west/north to Riverside Trail. Gently rolling terrain gets flat toward river, grasses, pines, etc. About 6/10 mile.

Easiest access is at the dirt road on the right between the trail crossing and the bridge on Bobwhite.

Also shown: future Wild Turkey Trail connection.


Wild Turkey Trail Section 4

Blue-rectangular-blazed trail that connects Trail Head 1 to the Visitor Center. From TH1, the trail starts out mostly flat then meanders downhill to travel alongside a stream. It passes the Brown Thrasher Trail and crosses a dirt road, then wanders beside a larger stream. After crossing the larger stream, the trail climbs nearly 100' in 1/4 mile. Grasses, rivercane, pines, hardwoods, wet soils in low areas. About 1.1 mile.

Access from Trail Head 1 or Visitor Center.


Brown Thrasher Trail

Blue-diamond-blazed trail forms a loop with the Wild Turkey Trail. From TH1, the first half of the trail is mostly flat as it follows the contours of the underlying granitic dome through hardwoods and Montane longleaf pines. After passing a unique boulder formation it dips into a ravine and climbs out into loblolly pines with grasses, blackberry cane and scrubby softwoods before dropping nearly 100' in 1/4 mile. About 3/4 mile.

Best access from Trail Head 1.


Flat Rock Trail

Our newest trail flows through a variety of ecosystems: hardwoods, open granite, Montane pinelands and boulder fields.


The Campground Loop is an easily-accessed 3/4 mile trail. We divided our 5.5-mile Riverside-Bend Trail (RBT) and 3.2-mile Wild Turkey Trail (WTT), with connected Tower Trail into six and four sections, respectively. Each is 3/4 mile to 1 mile in length. The Flat Rock Trail in the center of the park is about 1 mile. Newest openings: Wild Turkey Trail Section 4 between the Visitor's Center and Trail Head 1 and the Brown Thrasher Trail.



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Trail Surface
Should be 3 to 4 feet wide and clear-to-the-dirt, especially where the terrain is flat. In places where the terrain is hilly, it will be narrower, 2 or 3 feet at most.

Beyond the Trail's Edge
In places where there are tall grasses, river cane, briars, dog fennel -- anything above-the-knee -- the trail should be given a 1- to 2-foot buffer. Trailside growth should be cut to about 4 inches tall.

Trailside Trees
Younger and short-stature trees often sprout branches all along their trunks. These need to be snipped right against the trunk. Use pruning shears or loppers to trim branches that might snag a jacket or backpack.


Roots and rocks -- deeply embedded in the trail surface are OK because we don't want to disturb or damage the environment.

Small stumps (stobs) -- need to be cut to below-grade. DO NOT USE A CHAINSAW FOR THIS!! A a machete, hatchet or axe will work best.

Tripwires -- as the trail wears down In some places, thin roots are being uncovered and traffic is loosening them to the point at which they're tripwires. A machete or pruning shears will make quick work of them. Cut them at each end and cut only the loose ones.

Surface Repair
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Fallen Trees
Small trees that can be removed from the trail should be taken 30 feet off-trail.
Large trees that can't be dragged away should be left where they are and the park staff should be notified.



Updated 22 November, 2016   

© 2012 Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park
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Newnan, GA 30263