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Chattahoochee Greenway Trail

Enjoy the beauty of the Chattahoochee River without the workout and worry of packing your hiking shoes. This 1-mile walking trail follows the Chattahoochee River within the city limits of Franklin, GA. The town of little over 1,000 residents was settled in 1770, in present day Heard County. Enjoy the local cuisine and tour the Historical Center and Museum before or after exploring this trail.

From Newnan, GA take Georgia Hwy 34 West 19 miles, until you get to Franklin, GA. Once you cross U.S Hwy 27, the north end of the trail is accessible from the parking lot of the Three Rivers Regional Commission, which is on your right. To access the southern end of the trail, continue on State Hwy. 34 to Main Street and look for parking around the town square. The trailhead is adjacent to the Historical Center and Museum.

Coming from LaGrange, GA go U.S. Hwy 27 North 20 miles to Franklin, GA, turn left on State Hwy. 34 and follow to the north and south trailheads as described above.

Greenways are described as pedestrian/bicycle trails, which serve as transportation, recreation, and environmental conservation corridors. Also known as Ta-Lo-Fau Trail, this segment of the Chattahoochee Greenway Trail in Franklin, GA stays true to this description. There is a labyrinth alongside one point in the trail for you to stop for a bit of reflection.

Starting the hike from its southern trailhead off the town’s square, you immediately notice the smooth sidewalk-like appearance. You descend slightly into the wooded low bottom with the Chattahoochee River off to your left. This trail is great for all ages with opportunities to enjoy the wildlife in a safe setting. The trail has gentle turns as you make your way to the northern trailhead which ends at the parking lot of the Three Rivers Regional Commission building.

Double back at this point to make your trip a bit over the 2-mile mark.

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