A lot people don’t realize that the Chattahoochee is part of the National Parks system and exactly what that means for us,” Wissinger added. “It attracts a lot of green businesses to our Metro Atlanta area and improves our quality of life as well.”
With each designation, signage, technical assistance and resources will be provided to build on and promote the development of quality water trails. Water trails that are designated can become catalysts for restoring the health of local waterways throughout the community.
The National Trails System Act of 1968 approved the establishment of a National Trails System comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails. Although National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails can only be designated by an Act of Congress, National Recreation Trails may be designated by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, according to the National Park Service.
Though the raft race is a thing of past and "died under the weight of itself," Wissinger said that she hopes many generations to come with make memories shootin' the Hooch.
"We’re so proud that the river is a place where young people can come out and enjoy activities that are actually out-of-doors," she said.