We live in an area with traffic, offices, and congestion. But Fulton County is much more, and work is quickly moving forward on a project that will change our region into an outdoor wonderland right in our backyard.
The County is working on an unprecedented project called the Chattahoochee Camp and Paddle Trail. It’s a 48-mile stretch of land along the Chattahoochee River that will allow residents to kayak, camp and hike to escape the stress of urban living.
Over the last few years, I have been working to highlight the Chattahoochee River which is an amazing resource in our County. This is one of the most exciting projects I have tackled, and the small island of Buzzard Roost surrounded by the City of South Fulton is a jewel that has been undiscovered until now.
Fulton County is working closely with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to develop a campsite at Buzzard Roost. It will be the first overnight campsite along the river that is only accessible by boat and can accommodate 20 to 40 visitors every night.
“This will allow all of us to escape the hustle and bustle of our daily life and afford families a recreational amenity to enjoy right in our own community,” said Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Rowell, City of South Fulton District 1. ”
Boat launches, small restrooms, tent platforms and small picnic shelters will be hidden in the landscape along the river. Visitors will enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, learn about the impact of urban life on the environment and develop a love of the river.
“This is a unique opportunity to provide a world class outdoor experience in Fulton County,” said Walt Ray, Chattahoochee Program Director for TPL. “Imagine a long weekend paddling and camping your way through metro Atlanta. What a great, indescribable experience.”
A site plan has already been developed and the next steps are in motion with completion expected in April of 2024.
As Chairman, I lead discussions on taxes, elections and much more. All of those issues are important, but let’s not overlook the beauty of our environment that we must cherish. I am proud of this initiative that will improve the quality of life for all of us in Fulton County. Importantly, this is another feather in the cap of the great future of the City of South Fulton.