Saturday, August 10, 2013

Roswell Riverwalk - A Sweet 18 miler along the Chattahoochee

Last week, I took a day off and drove my Thorn Nomad to check out the Roswell Riverwalk. I had no clue what to expect, but it turned out to be quite a pleasant experience.

The Roswell Riverwalk trail begins near the intersection of Riverside and Dogwood and Old Alabama roads, in Roswell, GA. Much of the trail is paved, but parts are pea gravel.
I get to the Roswell Riverwalk using the multipurpose trail along Martin's road. Along Martin's road, there is a bike trail, but I find the trail to be much more relaxing and peaceful. To me, often it is the overall peacefulness of the experience that matters than the how quickly I get to a destination. So, taking the slower and more enjoyable route works great for me.
Trail Etiquette - There is a bunch of useful tips on this list.
There are lots of information boards along the trail. One below talks about the first ferry operation, Martin's Ferry, back in the early 1800s.
There is a slight discontinuity in the trail, where Riverside turns into Azalea, and it is quite confusing. You would think there are two lanes to the left of the solid yellow line (one with the long line of cars), but only one of them is for cars. The other is a "continuation" of the trail; or, so it appeared to me.
Then, suddenly the mysterious lane disappears and we have one lane on either side of the solid yellow line.
There is a lot of stuff to do around Roswell. Billboard below advertises music events.
Further up the Riverwalk is the Roswell Park. Another place for many activities.
And, finally, a better view of the Chattahoochee. Lots of kayaks on this river, I tell ya.
A very cool bride over the Chattahoochee. This is part of the Riverwalk.
Information about the Covered Bridge Over the Chattahoochee River.
Still on the Riverwalk.
The Riverwalk is constructed in a fairly sensible manner. Here it is well separated from the traffic.
I bought the home below just so I have a place to stretch my legs, when I ride the Riverwalk. There are some very cool homes along this stretch. Probably worth a bunch of greenbacks :)
Tranquil Chattahoochee. Very nice part of the river!
When we started house-hunting in Roswell, I remember looking at some homes on Shallowford Road. I didn't quite know the significance of the name then, but now I do.
Nicely constructed system!
And, whoda thunk? A commuter.
The Riverwalk ends at Willeo road. At this intersection, I rode south.
Willeo was a fairly flat road (for Roswell) and had a bike lane, at least part of the way.
Yes, the famous Bike Lane sign.
I took Willeo all the way to Chattahoochee Nature Center. I wanted to check out this place, ever since I first laid eyes on Roswell (on Google Maps). My dream of riding to this place finally became true. I was overjoyed! Actually, I rode further past the Nature Center, on Willeo, just so I can reach the next county; Cobb County!
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a splendid place, with about 140 acres of preserved land. Only foot traffic is allowed on the preserved lands. One cool thing about this place is that they have a Drum Circle on some Friday nights. I haven't been to one, yet, but I bet it is a lot of fun.
After checking out the general layout of the Chattahoochee Nature Center, I headed back towards home. On the way, I stopped at various points, where it looked swampy. Just for fun and also to see if there were any gators around :)
There are several points at which one can join the Riverwalk, which is a 7 mile long linear park. Here is a parking lot, at one such a point.
I don't claim to know much about history, but I learned a bunch by reading the information boards along the way. Here is one that caught my eye - Roswell is situated on what was once part of the Cherookee Nation.
Upon returning home, I noticed that I rode about 18 miles, in all. This has, by far, been the longest ride I have undertaken in Roswell. I had a wonderful time on the Riverwalk and I hope I can do it again, soon. I also plan to walk at least 10 miles of it someday soon. I just have to get my nephew to go with me, for both inspiration and for catching up.

That's all for now.

Peace :)

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