Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water, for the 10th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival on Saturday, June 9. The race course begins at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and ends at Riverside Park in Roswell, the site of the free family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

Organized and presented by UCR in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County, and the City of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70 percent of metro Atlantans.

The race begins at 9 a.m. and includes open and recreational categories, various age divisions, solo and tandem canoe divisions, as well as kayak and sea kayak divisions. Paddlers wanting a competitive race will traverse the ten-mile course, while recreational paddlers will take the 8-mile course. Both include exciting Class I-II rapids and conclude at Riverside Park. Timing officials will be provided by Georgia Canoeing Association.

The festival at Riverside Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy music from A.J. Ghent, plus face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities, as well as vendors and an array of environmental exhibits.

For more info, visit or call (404) 352-9828, and follow us on Twitter (@ucriverkeeper) for updates including additions to our music lineup!