Ga. river could take Appalachian hikers to coast

Ga. river could take Appalachian hikers to coast

Credit: (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Robin Trimarch)

In a June 11, 2011 photo, men walk on the rocks in the Chattahoochee River below the City Mills dam near Columbus, Ga. Leaders of a national land trust say a river that runs through metro Atlanta holds the key to realizing a grand vision for outdoor enthusiasts. They aim to create an extension of the Appalachian Trail that would allow hikers to traverse the mountains from Maine to north Georgia, then continue on in a canoe or kayak to the Gulf of Mexico. Leaders of the National Trust for Public Land say the effort is years away, but they believe it can be accomplished within 10 years. They're already working to make large sections of the Chattahoochee River easy to navigate, including one stretch from West Point, Ga. to Columbus.

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

ATLANTA (AP) -- A national group is working toward a long-term vision of providing a way for hikers on the Appalachian Trail to continue south until they reach the Gulf of Mexico.  

 
They envision the Chattahoochee River, which runs through metro Atlanta, as a way to allow hikers to reach the Gulf after they finish the Appalachian Trail, either on trails along its banks or in a canoe or kayak.  
 
The Chattahoochee's headwaters are in the north Georgia mountains near the southernmost section of the Appalachian Trail, which ends in Georgia.   
 
Curt Soper is the Georgia-Alabama state director of the Trust for Public Land. Soper says the group has already managed to acquire 17,000 acres of land that touch 76 river miles from the Chattahoochee's headwaters to Columbus.   
 
 

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