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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Experience the best the south has to offer: a shoreline hike in Florida, stargazing in North Carolina, and spelunking in Kentucky.
Chattahoochee River NRA, GA
The riparian zone around the cold-and-clear Chattahoochee plays host to coyotes, river otters, beavers, barred owls, bald eagles, and bobcats. Reach it—and your best chance of viewing woodland critters—on the Gold Branch Trail from the Lower Roswell Road parking lot. This loop, which starts 2.5 miles from an easy-access major road (farther than other trailheads in the area), makes for 3.3 miles of wilderness isolation, says Patrick Barry. “Visit in the early morning hours for your best shot at seeing wildlife,” he says. Contact (678) 538-1200; Website