Our Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Explore nature through trails, animals, gardens and butterflies at this local wooded escape

By Karen Cohen, publisher of Macaroni Kid Alpharetta-Roswell-Milton July 16, 2020

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell is an outdoor nature oasis. We recently went to the CNC and explored the 127-acres of woods, wetlands and river habitat. We packed a picnic, water, sunscreen and bug spray and experienced the serenity of nature. 

Read below to learn more about our day. And before you head out to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, check out its calendar for programs, events and animal encounters to enjoy during your visit. 

BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTER  *** Please note this is a seasonal event, check the calendar for dates.

This unique experience is included in your price of admission. We were able to interact with hundreds of beautiful butterflies inside the canopy. We were given two nectar sticks to share with the native butterflies. The kids loved seeing the butterflies land on their nectar sticks and even on their heads and hands. The boys enjoyed searching out specific butterflies they wanted to feed nectar, such as the monarch. We were also able to take many photos with the butterflies!

For more information regarding the Butterfly Encounter, click HERE


The Chattahoochee Nature Center rehabilitates animals and has resident animals onsite for guest viewing. We saw a bald eagle, beaver, owl, and hawk while walking through the CNC Wildlife Walk paved trail. The outdoor animal exhibits includes informative signage with interesting facts about each animal.


There are six family-friendly hikes at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Along the hikes, you can enjoy the natural beauty of wildlife, a river, a pond and gardens. Our kids enjoyed a walk that landed us on a dock by a pond full of turtles and fish. They spent a lot of time looking at the turtles and wishing they could catch and take one home!

Click HERE for more information on the CNC hiking trails. 


There are some extra activities at the Chattahoochee Nature Center you can experience for an additional cost. This includes zip lining and canoe trips. Advanced ticket purchase and registration is required, so please plan accordingly:

Zip Line:  Zip line through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trees and 500 feet across Beaver Pond. There are two different courses that also include obstacle challenges for adventure seeks. For more information, click HERE.  To read more about our experience zip lining with Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures at Chattahoochee Nature Center, click HERE

Canoe: Enjoy a peaceful canoe ride along the Chattahoochee River! There are options for family canoe trips, date night canoe trips, private canoe trips and weekend guided trips. For more information, click HERE.


CNC Members: Free

General admission: $10 Adults | $7 Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students (Ages 13 -18) | $6 Children (Ages 3 -12) | Children 2 and under are free

In order for guests to maintain social distancing, the Chattahoochee Nature Center is limiting its visitor capacity. You must purchase and reserve your tickets in advance. Walk-ups will not be accepted. Click HERE to learn more on CNC's new registration process




For more information, visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center website, FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

We did receive complimentary tickets in exchange for this review, however it did not influence my opinion.

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