EVENT DETAILS: Athens and the Oconee River is our destination on this adventure. This 15-mile bike ride and 11-mile paddle takes us to historic Barnett Shoals and Scull Shoals to explore historic ruins of old mill villages. We’ll begin our adventure by dropping our boats at historic Barnett Shoals Dam, take a tour of the ruins of the mill village that was once powered by the dam, and then drive our vehicles to our take out site in the Oconee National Forest. From there we will cycle back to Barnett Shoals to begin our paddle. Along the paddle route, we’ll stop to see the the ghost town of Scull Shoals, a 19th century mill village where ruins of the mill buildings remain. Georgia River Network will shuttle bicycles to our take out site.
Registration Fees: $60 ADULTS/$30 17 & UNDER TBD.
Registration fees include shuttle service, river map/guide, liability insurance fees, on-river guide and sag vehicle.
Event Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cycling: Our pedal route runs for a distance along Ga. 15, a moderately-travelled state highway before diverting on to lightly-travelled backroads for the remainder of the route. Short portions at the beginning and end of the trip are on improved dirt roads. Participants can travel at their own pace. A sag vehicle will bring up the rear for safety. The 15-mile route takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.
Paddling: The paddle route is Class I–mostly flatwater. It is suitable for novice paddlers. The 10.8-mile route will take between 4 and 6 hours to complete.
Boat Rentals: Need a boat? We’ve got ’em. Tandem sit in kayaks and solo sit on top kayaks are available. You can reserve your boat when you register.
What if I Don’t Want to Bicycle? Bicycling is not mandatory. You are welcome to participate in the paddle, but you will need to arrange your own shuttle with members of your household or other individuals who you associate with regularly. Remember, the reason we do the bicycle shuttles is to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus by putting people from different households in vehicles together.
COVID-19 Protocols: All participants must follow social-distancing guidelines. This includes wearing face coverings during times at the launch site, take out site and other locations during the event in which appropriate social distancing is not possible. Additionally, we participants must…
Not share equipment, food, water and other supplies.
Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times when not wearing face coverings.
Maintain strict hygiene by washing or disinfecting hands frequently; do not touch eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
Finally, do not participate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you are feeling ill. Full refunds will be provided.
Once you are registered, complete logistical details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.