Water Trails & Paddling
Build a Water Trail
Want to build a water trail in your community but not so sure where to start? Let us start you off in the right direction with a few resources to begin your planning.
Georgia Water Trails Program
Georgia River Network (GRN) launched the Georgia Water Trails Program in 2010 in response to the need for a comprehensive source of information regarding the creation of water trails, to support representatives and communities in developing their water trails, and to provide information to recreational users about Georgia’s Water Trails.
Currently there is no state agency in Georgia that serves this function. To unify the planning and management of the water trails throughout the state, the technical staff from GRN used Best Management Practices from national organizations and other state and Federal agencies to develop criteria that promote safe, legal and sustainable water trails.
Encompassed within the Georgia Water Trail Program are a variety of resources and projects supported and maintained by GRN. The Program helps form water trail stakeholder partnerships that encompass all sectors of a community (landowners, local and state agencies, county and city officials, river enthusiasts, educators, watershed groups, local businesses, attorneys, outfitters, etc.,) and introduces people to recreational opportunities, boosting tourism and economic development within communities and throughout the state. Water Trails are an effective way to introduce people to river issues and to engage them in the protection of their local waterways. We believe that the relationships we build by supporting communities who build water trails will strengthen our ability to effectively advocate for strong protections for Georgia’s rivers.