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Chattahoochee State Park

Thomas V. Ress, Athens, Alabama
Chattahoochee State Park
The 596-acre Chattahoochee State Park was located on the Florida-Alabama border in Houston County near Dothan. It took its name from the nearby Chattahoochee River. Although it was called a state park and the land is state-owned, it was not part of the Alabama State Parks and was managed by Houston County. The majority of the park was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018 and closed permanently afterward owing to lack of funds for repairs.
The centerpiece of the park was a spring-fed 23-acre lake, locally known as CC Pond, that was a popular fishing spot periodically stocked with bass, bream, and sunfish. In 1962, an angler caught the largest red-ear sunfish on record at the park. The lake had a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, a small public beach area, and a boat launch. A nearby picnic area sat under a canopy of towering pine trees and features tables and grills, a group shelter, and restrooms.
The land on which the park was established was the site of a 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Remnants of the original campsite on the property include the ruins of old stone fireplaces and chimneys, an earthen dam topped with stonework, and a decorative stone-ringed fish pond, all arrayed around a star-shaped concrete flagpole base that once served as the camp's assembly point. The campsite is hidden in a stand of trees near the lake.
Published:  August 11, 2010   |   Last updated:  October 25, 2021