Jones Bridge Trail System
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
4.9
Length
hike difficulty
4
Duration 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain 454 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Parking Fee $3, $25 annual pass
Blaze None
Nearby City Johns Creek, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.000847, -84.239398

The Jones Bridge trail system offered up to 6 miles of hiking trails along the Chattahoochee River. Part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Jones Bridge is a great place for fishing, jogging, dog walking, and hiking. Although the park can get very crowded during the warmer months, hiking to the south side of the park will prove most don’t go far from the parking area.



The park entrance will take you down a mile long winding road. Pass the first parking lot, which is for boat loading only. The main parking lot is at the end of the road. Make sure to pay the $3 park fee or buy a yearly pass at the park headquarters at the Island Ford Park. Toilets are here at the trailhead.



Starting next to the fee station, the trail goes directly to the river, where it turns left along the river toward the remnants of Jones Bridge, and to the right downstream along the river. Left will provide about a half mile loop, but the majority of the trail is to the right. The park is very narrow for the first half mile section between the two parking areas, following the river closely. The part is well maintained and easily trod and along here will be where most other hikers are encountered.



After crossing the parking area and boat ramp, the trail proceeds along the river before leaving it to make the first real elevation change by climbing up a series of steps. The trail immediately makes a short descent to a private gravel driveway. Crossing this, the trail climbs a rocky hill, crosses a small footbridge, and comes to its first junction at 2.5 miles. Here is where the trail “system” begins, as the rest of the park is composed of a combination of shorter, interconnecting trails.



Staying to the right will lead you to the back of a subdivision, and then along a small lake. Crossing a concrete water barrier, the trail will go through waist-high brush and eventually take you to a large open field with several picnic tables. Alternatively, staying to the left of the first junction, the trail will rejoin the river. Following along the river at several junctions, the trail eventually comes to a small clearing with a single picnic table. This is directly adjacent to the larger field and the rest of the trails. Be careful along the last few junctions as there are a couple unofficial trails, one of which leads to a private playground area.



Any direction you take will lead to several other trail junctions, all with maps posted, making it relatively easy to find your way back to the main trail that you came in on. This portion of the park is the least crowded; however, on weekend mornings you will find this park is popular for trail runners and joggers.

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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.000847, -84.239398 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°0.05, W 84°14.36 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°0'03'', W 84°14'22'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
While driving down the entrance road, pass the first parking area, this is for boat loading. The main parking lot and trailhead is at the end of the road.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
678-538-1200