Scenic 596-acre Chattahoochee State Park is located on the Florida-Alabama border in Houston County near Dothan. It takes its name from the nearby Chattahoochee River and offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities. The park is owned by the state but managed by the county.
The centerpiece of the park is a spring-fed 23-acre lake, locally known as CC Pond, that is a popular fishing spot. It is periodically stocked with bass, bream, and sunfish. In 1962, an angler caught the largest red-ear sunfish on record at the park. The lake has a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, a small public beach area, and a boat launch. A nearby picnic area sits under a canopy of towering pine trees and features tables and grills, a group shelter, and restrooms.
Also of interest are the remnants of an abandoned 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The original campsite includes 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.
The park's eight hiking trails meander a total of seven miles through pine forests. The trails are mostly flat and easy hikes, and visitors may see fox, coyote, opossum, raccoons, deer, songbirds, and wild turkey. Alligators also may be present in the park's lake. A dedicated parking area for horse trailers is available and there are separate equestrian trails. The park also offers facilities for the disabled during deer-hunting season.
Thomas V. Ress
Published August 10, 2010
Last updated August 13, 2010