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Overview of Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is a scenic park located in western Georgia, near the town of Newnan. It boasts one of the largest state parks in Georgia, encompassing over 2,910 acres and offering a large variety of recreational activities with a primary focus on the natural environment. A significant feature of the park is its location along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, providing ample opportunities for water-based activities.

Backcountry Camping Information

If you're interested in backcountry camping at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, here's some important information to keep in mind:

Backcountry Camping Ways

  • Adirondack Shelters: These are three-sided shelters with a roof, open in the front. They're generally located in more remote areas than the park's campgrounds.
  • Paddle-In Campsites: For those wanting to combine canoeing or kayaking with camping, there are sites accessible by watercraft.
  • Hike-In Campsites: Sites that you must hike to; these offer more solitude.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: It is highly recommended to make a reservation for your backcountry campsite. You can book your site in advance through the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites reservation system, either online or by phone.
  • Fees: A nightly fee is charged for backcountry campsites. Fees may vary, so check the latest information when you book your site.

Preparation and Gear

  • Water: Be prepared to either carry in all your drinking water or have the means to purify natural sources.
  • Food and Storage: Bring all your food, and have a plan for storing it properly to keep wildlife away.
  • Navigation: Have a map and compass, or a GPS device, as you’ll be in a less traveled part of the park.
  • Shelter: Even if you plan to stay in an Adirondack shelter, bring a tent or a hammock and a tarp, in case all shelters are occupied.

Rules and Regulations

  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  • Fire: Understand the park's rules regarding fires. Sometimes fires are allowed in designated areas; other times, they may be banned due to drought conditions.
  • Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not feed them.
  • Permits: Some areas may require a permit for backcountry camping, so inquire with the park before your trip.

Safety Tips

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Check the forecast and pack accordingly.
  • Check-In: Always check-in at the visitor center before heading out and let someone know your itinerary.
  • First Aid: Carry a first aid kit in case of accidents or emergencies.

Activities Near Backcountry Sites

  • Hiking: There are over 12 miles of hiking trails available for exploration.
  • Fishing: The Chattahoochee River has bass, catfish, and other species.
  • Boating: Paddlesports are very popular along the river.

Environmental Protection

  • Erosion: Stick to the trails to prevent soil erosion and damage to vegetation.
  • River Protection: When boating or fishing, avoid disrupting wildlife and the riverbank.

Contact Information

For up-to-date information or any inquiries, contact:

Chattahoochee Bend State Park 425 Bobwhite Way Newnan, GA 30263 Phone: (770) 254-7271

Remember to check the park's official website or contact park staff for the most current information as policies and conditions can change.

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