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We connect you with nature Hundreds of activities for all ages

Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, or just taking a stroll, CNC has something for everyone. With 127 acres on the Chattahoochee River, the possibilities for fun with nature are infinite! Learn all about your backyard with the only Nature Exchange in the Southeast, or explore the birds of prey in the aviaries of the Wildlife Walk. Bring the family, have a picnic, and make a day of it!

We’re improving! Please be advised that construction will be in progress around our 127 acres.


Ticketing and Reservations

Until further notice, please note the following changes to help offer the best experience possible for both visitors and staff.

Members: Reservations may be made to secure a date and timed entrance for your group. 

Visitors: Purchase admission tickets in advance to secure a date and time for your visit. Admission tickets must be purchased in advance, which includes a date and time to visit. 

We may be able to accommodate walk-ups based on daily visitation.

Our limited timed admission system will not only provide for an intimate experience on the property but also allow us to reduce person-to-person contact and better maintain social distancing throughout the admissions process.

Purchasing a ticket to the Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures? Make a reservation is to guarantee a preferred time. Reserve online today!

Do you have questions or comments? We want to hear from you! Please reach out to the Visitor Experience Manager.

Operational Changes

Chattahoochee Nature Center is actively monitoring COVID-19. We have adopted policies and procedures to offer the best experience possible for all visitors:

>> Advanced ticketing and reservations for members and visitors

>> All purchases will be via credit card only.

>> Social Distancing & Personal Protection – Masks are required indoors and optional outdoors, and are encouraged while in close proximity of others.

>> Enhanced Cleaning using CDC guidelines

>> Modified Experiences, Retail, and Programming


Admissions & Hours

CNC Members: Free

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

Monday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Seasonal Hours (May 14 – Aug 8)

Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. To see if CNC is closed due to inclement weather, please check our Facebook page or call us at 770.992.2055 ext. 238. 



CNC’s buildings and grounds close at 5PM. If you arrive after 4:30PM, you are welcome to browse the upper level of the Discovery Center but please come another day to experience our exhibits, wildlife walk, and grounds. 

Plan to spend at least 2 hours. If you plan to picnic or take in a program, give yourself even more time!

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unaccompanied children under 16 will not be granted admission to CNC. CNC is not responsible for supervising children during their visits. Visitors age 16 and older are not required to be accompanied by an adult.

Pets are not permitted on the property, with the exception of service animals.

CNC is open rain or shine.

CNC is a smoke-free facility.

Parking at CNC is free for visitors!

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Group Rates are available for groups of 15 or more with advance reservations. 

Construction Information

We’re improving! Please be advised that construction will be in progress around our 127 acres through the end of 2021, and into early 2022 as we renovate our River Boardwalk Trail and install a pedestrian bridge across Willeo Road. Some areas and trails may be closed during your visit. CNC requests that our visitors abide by construction signage advising of areas that are closed during construction, and avoid these areas for your safety. 

The Barred Owl aviary is currently being updated. During the demolition and reconstruction, the birds will be off exhibit until the work is complete.

For more information, see our construction FAQs. 

Local construction will also be occurring at the intersection of Willeo Road/Lower Roswell Road/Timber Ridge Road to replace the bridge. CNC is not involved in this project, but it will affect access to CNC, as Willeo Road will be closed to thru traffic while the construction is occurring, with an updated anticipated completion date of Winter 2021/22.

CNC is open during this time and visitors will be able to access the entrance from the east (near Azalea Drive).

For more information, see Roswell DOT. Below is an excellent video from Cobb County DOT about what to expect for those who travel in the area frequently.


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