All commercial  services in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NRA) were allowed to resume operations starting June 20. The entrance fee charge of $5 resumed as well.

The businesses allowed to return include Nantahala Outdoor Center, Deep South Fly Anglers, Shoot the Hooch, River Through Atlanta, Kayak Classes of Georgia, Tie One On, $10 Tubing and High Country Outfitters.

The new stage of reopening under public health guidelines after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic also enables volunteer opportunities and the issuance of special use permits to resume.

Comfort stations and the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center in Sandy Springs remain closed.

“We ask visitors to remember to recreate responsibly, by recreating with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot,” said Acting Superintendent Ann Honious. “Follow the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.”

Details and updates will be posted on the Chattahoochee River NRA website and social media channels.

Bob Pepalis

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Reporter Newspapers.