Atlanta Metro / Roswell

Shallow Ford

203 Azalea Dr.
Roswell, GA 30075

  • Looking across the shallow ford from Roswell's Azalea Park.

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  • Historic marker in Azalea Park tells about the shallow ford river crossing as part of the Etowah or Hightower trail.

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  • Historic marker about the crossing at shallow ford.

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Retreating Confederate soldiers burned the covered bridge over the Chattahoochee River in an attempt to stop Union troops advancing from Roswell. Just downriver, the troops were able to walk across the river at Shallow Ford. The fighting at the Shallow Ford on July 9, 1864, involved the Spencer repeating rifle by Union forces. This was the first time in U.S. history a rifle was used successfully under water during armed conflict.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    General Information


    Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages