HIDDEN GEMS 2020
Tugaloo River Hidden Gem – Saturday, May 23
Join Georgia River Network for our 21st Hidden Gem Event on the serene Tugaloo River near Toccoa, GA.
This developing Tugaloo River Water Trail comprises the only remaining untamed portion of the historic Tugaloo River. The water trail extends 10 miles from Panther Creek and the Yonah Dam area south to Broken Bridges at Georgia Hwy123 and Lake Hartwell. The area’s natural beauty is unparalleled.
From a historic point of view, the Tugaloo River is extremely important to the state of Georgia. In the 18th century the Tugaloo River Corridor and its tributaries were home to a number of Cherokee towns and villages, including Estatoe, Noyowee, and Tugaloo Town—capital of the Cherokee Nation. Following the Revolutionary War, the Tugaloo Corridor became the ‘Gateway to the West’ as tens of thousands of settlers began their trek westward on Georgia’s first interstate highway—the Unicoi Turnpike.
All skill levels are welcome to attend this special event, which includes an official ribbon cutting inaugurating the designation of the Tugaloo River as an established Water Trail. There also will be educational presentations along the route as well as performing artists and a scrumptious box lunch, and dip under a cascading waterfall .
Mark your calendars and plan to bring the whole family!
Stay tuned for more details… registration coming soon!
Okefenokee/ St Marys River Hidden Gem – Nov 6-8, 2020
Join Georgia River Network and St Marys Riverkeeper for this special Hidden Gem on the established Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trail and up-and-coming St Marys River Water Trail
The headwaters of the 126-mile-long St. Marys River are located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The St Marys is a beautiful blackwater river and serves as the southernmost point in the state of Georgia. The Okefenokee is the largest blackwater swamp in North America and offers over 400,000 acres of wetland wilderness to explore.
A few highlights of our itinerary include a catered low country boil dinner on Friday evening, followed by Saturday morning hot breakfast, a 9.25 mile float on the St Marys river and a farm to table dinner grown locally and served up by Grassroots Farm. After breakfast on Sunday, we will explore an 8 mile stretch of the Okefenokee enjoying the sites and sounds of a plethora of wildlife. Tickets include weekend camping/lodging at Okefenokee Pastimes.
All skill levels are welcome to attend this special weekend paddling event, which includes live music by Ray and Hupp, fascinating evening programs, performing artists and educational presentations along our paddling route, and delectable farm to table cuisine.
Rental boats available from Okefenokee Adventures.
Stay tuned for more details…
Registration coming soon!
A project of
Georgia River Network
In Partnership with
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
This is an ACA-sanctioned event