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The Chattahoochee Riverwalk in Columbus, skirts the banks of the Chattahoochee River, which follows the border between Georgia and Alabama. The meandering and hilly paved pathway links the quaint cotton mill village of Bibb City, downtown Columbus, and the drill fields at Fort Benning.
The Chattahoochee River originates in the mountains of north Georgia and flows to the Florida Panhandle. Steamboats loaded with cotton plied the river through Columbus in the 1800s and commerce depended on the river with the arrival of the railroad and other means of transportation.
A highlight of the route is the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, located near the southern end of the trail, where visitors can learn about the local ecology and wildlife, and explore nature trails along wetlands and ponds. Other enjoyable amenities along the way include: Rigdon Park with its playground, pool, and athletic facilities, and Rotary Park, which offers picnic tables and boating opportunities on the river. As the trail traverses downtown Columbus, trail goers will have access to Woodruff Riverfront Park, which serves as a popular event venue and also offers a splashpad and playground.
The Riverwalk is part of the Dragonfly Trails network, the city's effort to connect more than 60 miles of trail throughout Columbus. A connection to the Columbus Fall Line Trace offers the opportunity to travel 11 miles on a northeast trajectory through the city with access to many amenities and Columbus State University. You can also continue your exploration of the Chattahoochee River along the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail, just over the border in Alabama.
Near the southern end of the trail, parking and restrooms are available at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center (3535 South Lumpkin Road). Other parking options (from south to north) include: Rigdon Park (1600 Howe Ave.), Rotary Park (1808 Victory Dr.), and Woodruff Riverfront (1000 Bay Ave.).
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