Paddle Georgia is BACK! After two years of COVID-19-altered paddle trips schedules and formats, Paddle Georgia is returning to its pre-COVID format. Paddle Georgia 2023 will explore more than 70 miles of the Savannah River, 23 miles of Brier Creek in Screven County, 6 miles of Ebenezer Creek in Effingham County, and finally, a 2-mile exploration of Abercorn Creek. A mix of big-river paddling on the alluvial Savannah and intimate blackwater creeks that feed into it, Paddle Georgia 2023 will introduce paddlers to the diversity and beauty of the lower Savannah River. You’ll slip beneath fossil-filled bluffs and into mysterious backwater sloughs on the Savannah, marvel at ancient and mammoth cypress trees on Ebenezer Creek and paddle past the site of one of Georgia’s most renowned Revolutionary War battles on Brier Creek. As the primary conduit for the exploration of inland Georgia in the 18th century following the founding of the Georgia colony, the Savannah is our state’s most historic river. It is also among the most heavily used and engineered rivers in the state. Along the route, you’ll gain an understanding of how we have impacted the river and how we are now working to sustain and restore it, for our own preservation and the preservation of the wildlife that also depends on it.
We’ll camp at Black Creek Scout Reservation near Sylvania and New Ebenezer Retreat Center near Springfield. At Black Creek, you can choose to rent Boy Scout platform tents with cots and mattresses, reserve (limited) space in an air-conditioned bunkhouse, pitch your tent beneath a covered pavilion or tent in shaded woods surrounding a multi-acre lake. RV camping is permitted but must be self-contained. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Catered meals will be served in the reservation’s modern dining hall, and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the reservation’s other amenities, including a zipline into the lake, a climbing wall and ropes course.
At New Ebenezer Retreat Center, we’ll tent camp on the wooded and shaded grounds of historic New Ebenezer founded in 1734 by Salzburger emigrants, Protestant refugees from Austria, and a stone’s throw from the oldest (1769) church building in Georgia. Limited indoor accommodations, including some private “hotel” rooms will be available. RV camping is permitted but must be self-contained. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Our tent camping area will include supplemental shower trailers and porta-toilets. Catered meals will be served beneath an outdoor tent near a picturesque pond on the retreat center grounds. Participants will have access to a large air-conditioned common room and on-site swimming pool.
A new registration fee structure will make it easier for families with multiple children to participate in this year’s adventure. Registration fees will range from $55-$455 for thru-paddlers and $25-$155 for two-day paddlers. Three and four-day paddling options will also be available.
Additionally, a new vehicle shuttle plan will enable all participants to have access to their vehicles throughout the week.
Paddle Georgia is back…and better than ever before! Prepare yourself for 100 miles, 7 days and 1 great time on the Savannah River! Click here for more details and registration information.
This This 9-mile jaunt takes in what is arguably the most scenic stretch of the Etowah River downstream of Allatoona Dam. The trip along the Etowah River Water Trail passes over numerous fish weirs, v-shaped rock structures built by Native Americans and used to capture fish, including one dramatic “triple-V” at a bend known as the Rock Garden. The trip is primarily flatwater, but provides a couple of thrills over small ledges as the river passes through the Island Ford area. The trip also passes Ashpole Creek, a beautiful spring fed tributary and the remains of historic Hardin Bridge, which, until 2008, was the last remaining iron-trestle bridge still operating across the river. The bridge pilings that remain predate the Civil War. The trip is suitable for novice paddlers. Kayak rentals are available. Registration begins March 1! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
Join your Georgia River Network friends for this one-night, mid-week getaway to the mountains and a stay at The Hike Inn for half off the usual rates. The trip includes a five-mile hike (moderate difficulty) to the inn which is located near Springer Mountain and the start of the Appalachian Trail. While at the inn, enjoy two hot meals (dinner and breakfast) served family style in the inn dining hall. Educational programs are featured following dinner. The inn features private rooms (2 bunk beds), restrooms with showers, and of course, great views of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The adventure ends with a five-mile return trip, or, for the more ambitious, you can take a side excursion to see the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (strenuous hike to Springer). Bring along cash to tip the staff and cash/credit card to buy optional lunch for hike out or purchase merchandise. You must start your hike on the 19th no later than 2pm. Once you register, the Hike Inn will send you additional details about your stay.
Registration fees include stay at The Hike Inn with private room and meals. To book your room:
Go to www.hike-inn.com
Click on RESERVATIONS
Click on RATE OPTIONS
Promotional/Group Code: type in your group code, click apply (this will change the dates on the left to your groups dates)
Group code is: GRN23
Click on the 1 room, 1 adult, no children menu and change the count to what you need it to be. If you need more than one room, click the plus sign and change that count to what you need it to be. Room count can be no more than 3, with at least one person being a child aged 12 or under.
Then click check availability. If there are rooms available you will see a box that says book it, click it to complete the reservation form. Double check the right hand side for rooms and amount of people in each room. If you need to make changes there is a box with an arrow that will take you back to the first page.
This 12-mile paddle on the Chattahoochee through rural Carroll and Coweta counties features mostly flatwater with a handful of Class I shoals. It takes in a beautiful portion of the long-maligned river downstream of Atlanta where water quality has been greatly improved over the past two decades. The run is set to be part of an ambitious linear park with land-based recreational paths and a Chattahoochee River Water Trail stretching from Atlanta to Coweta County. This particular journey is a paddle through time that begins near the site of an historic covered bridge built by the former slave and famous bridge builder Horace King; continues past the site of Creek Indian Chief William McIntosh’s home and tavern where he was murdered by his own people after signing documents ceding Creek lands in Georgia to the U.S. government; and finally ends at one of Georgia’s largest and newest state parks–Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The trip is suitable for novice paddlers. Kayak rentals are available. Registration begins March 1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
This short 5-mile journey takes in one of the most popular river runs in North Georgia, exploring the historic Chestatee River just south of the Gold Rush town of Dahlonega. Plan a day or a weekend in the Georgia mountains around this three-to-four hour Sunday morning paddle. With its headwaters along the flanks of Blood Mountain in Dicks Creek and Frogtown Creek, the Chestatee flows through the heart of North Georgia’s Gold Rush country where during the 1830s, thousands of settlers moved into the area seeking their fortune. Many worked from flatboats on the Chestatee River where they dredged the river bottom in search of the precious metal; others developed even more elaborate systems–including a diving bell that was employed for a short period on the river in the 1870s. The trip is mostly flatwater with some Class I shoals and flows through a mostly wooded and undeveloped riverfront. The trip is suitable for beginning and novice paddlers. Kayak rentals are available. Registration begins March 1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
Ever wonder why we’ve been doing this same trip–at the same time of year–in the same place for nearly a decade? Well, it’s because the lower Flint is so beautiful and so unique that we just keep coming back to it year after year. Even after all these years, it remains one of our most popular trips. Unlike any other river in South Georgia, the Flint will surprise you with its lively shoals, Swiss cheese-like limestone bluffs, beautiful blue hole springs and abundance of wildlife–both on land and in the water. This two-day, two-night canoe/kayak camping adventure takes in 36 miles of the Flint’s wonder. Along the way, you can choose your non-paddling activities: lounge on a sandbar, jump from a limestone cliff or take a dip in a chilling, breathtakingly beautiful blue hole spring. We’ll camp at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat, a picturesque camp overlooking the river in Newton with tent camping, cabins for rent and RV camping sites. Restrooms with toilets and showers are provided. Catered meals will be served in an indoor, air-conditioned dining hall. Educational programs on the river and after dinner each evening will give you a greater understanding of the Flint and water issues shaping Southwest Georgia, the state’s most productive agricultural area. Click here for more details and registration information.