HIDDEN GEMS

HIDDEN GEMS 2020

Hidden Gem Social Distancing Paddles June-Sept. 2020
Okefenokee Swamp-St. Marys River Hidden Gem Nov. 6-8

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Hidden Gem Social Distancing Paddles June-Sept. 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia River Network is getting creative! We’ve designed paddle trips that help you get on Georgia’s rivers in safe and healthy ways. Join us for a summer of healthy rivers and healthy people on the following tidal paddles and paddle-bike trips. These trips allow us to enjoy Georgia’s river while following Centers for Disease Control guidance for social distancing and safe outdoor group gatherings.

June 27-28 Tidal Paddle Weekend Hidden Gem in Altamaha Delta

Join us as we explore the labyrinth of marshes, river islands, serpentine creeks and historic man-made canals that make up the Altamaha River delta. A no-shuttle, social-distancing approved paddle trip, we will embark from boat ramps near Darien, ride the incoming tide up the Altamaha to explore the delta and then return to our starting point. The two-day trip includes two tidal paddles of 10-15 miles. Cost: $60. Boat rentals available for additional charges. Meals, lodging and transportation to and from launch sites must be arranged by participants. Limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

July 25 Etowah River Paddle-Bike Hidden Gem

This 6-mile paddle and 6-mile bike takes in a beautiful and historic section of the Etowah River Water Trail near Euharlee in Bartow County featuring mostly flatwater with a few small shoals. The bike ride is a bucolic one along lightly traveled Bartow County backroads. The bike-paddle enables us to avoided crowded bus/van shuttles and maintain social distancing guidelines. Cost: $50. Boat rentals available for additional charges. Georgia River Network provides bike/boat shuttles. Limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Aug. 1 Toccoa River Paddle-Bike Hidden Gem

Dog days of summer getting to you? Cool off in the North Georgia mountains in the cold water of the Toccoa River downstream from Blue Ridge Lake. This hidden gem takes in a 7-mile run of the Toccoa and a 7-mile bicycle ride on lightly traveled Fanin County backroads. The bike-paddle enables us to avoided crowded bus/van shuttles and maintain social distancing guidelines. Cost: $50. Boat rentals available for additional charges. Georgia River Network provides bike/boat shuttles. Limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Aug. 15 Tugaloo River Paddle-Bike Hidden Gem

Head north! North to the Tugaloo for this North Georgia Hidden Gem that features a 10-mile paddle on the Tugaloo River Water Trail and a 10-mile bike ride on Stephens County backroads. The bike-paddle enables us to avoided crowded bus/van shuttles and maintain social distancing guidelines. Cost: $50. Boat rentals available for additional charges. Georgia River Network provides bike/boat shuttles. Limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Sept. 12 Ocmulgee River Paddle-Bike Hidden Gem

Explore the longest continuous developed water trail in Georgia on this 14-mile paddle on the Ocmulgee River through Bleckley and Pulaski Counties, ending at Mile Branch Park in Hawkinsville. The route features beautiful bluffs and oxbows and numerous historic shoals blasted and reconfigured by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the late 1800s and early 1900s to open the river for steamboat travel. The 13-mile bike ride follows rural roads parralleling the river. The bike-paddle enables us to avoided crowded bus/van shuttles and maintain social distancing guidelines. Cost: $50. Boat rentals available for additional charges. Georgia River Network provides bike/boat shuttles. Limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COVID-19 Considerations and Guidelines…

Before registering for these events, please understand the following guidelines by which Georgia River Network will run these paddle trips: If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home. If you are an older adult or you have a serious underlying medical condition, please consider staying at home. Before embarking on a trip, please consider being tested for COVID-19 to ensure that you are not carrying the virus. During the event, please remember to practice the following protective measures: wear a facemask during periods where you may be in close proximity to other participants (launch/take out sites); do not share equipment, food, water and other supplies; maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times; maintain strict hygiene by washing hands frequently; do not touch eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. In route to the event site, when visiting local businesses, wear a facemask and/or other personal protection equipment.  These practices will help keep you and other participants healthy and protect the health of the communities we are visiting. 

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

St Marys Riverkeeper
St Marys Riverkeeper


Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

St Marys Riverkeeper

This is an ACA-sanctioned event

Georgia River Network

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