Water Trails & Paddling


Water Trail Toolkit

GA Water Trails

This toolkit is designed to give you a step-by-step guide to developing a water trail. Whether you have an established trail or are developing a new water trail on your local waterway, this toolkit should provide you with some guidance.

The first step to getting a water trail in your community is to evaluate the resources available, river access and the potential economic return for the community. Use this planning checklist ‘click here for a list’ to help you get started. We also have a list of budget items ‘click here for a budget list’ you may consider while evaluating your resources.


Recreational Opportunities
Community Support

A Statewide Water Trail Resolution of Support passed unanimously on March 9, 2017! House Resolution 281 was assigned to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee.  This Statewide Water Trails Resolution of support recognized and encourages the proliferation and use of water trails in Georgia and for other purposes.

  • Signed Resolutions of Support in Georgia

Alapaha River Water Trail

Lanier County

Atkinson County

Broad River Water Trail

Wilkes County

Madison County

Elbert County

Oglethorpe County

Etowah River Water Trail

Cherokee County

City of Canton

Pickens County

Flint River Water Trail (Includes: Whitewater Creek Paddling Trail)

Fayette County

City of Fayetteville

Georgia’s Little River Water Trail

Hahira City

Wilkes County

Warren County

McDuffie County

Valdosta City

Ochlockonee River Water Trail

Grady County

Ocmulgee River Water Trail

Pulaski County

Bibb County

Bleckley County

Dodge County

Twiggs County

Upper Oconee Water Trail

Athens-Clarke County

Satilla River Water Trail

Brantley County

Camden County

Charlton County

Pierce County

City of Woodbine

City of Waycross

South River Water Trail

South River Senate Resolution 852

Newton County-South

Yellow River Water Trail

City of Porderdale

City of Covington

Newton County – Yellow

Landowner’s Charles and Hilda Berry

Withlacoochee River Water Trail​ 

Brooks County

Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority Letter of Support

City of Valdosta

Public Information
Conservation, Stewardship & Education

Water trail users should be provided with opportunities to learn about the value of water resources, cultural heritage, boating skills, and outdoor ethics.

Trail Maintenance

There is a demonstrated ability to support routine and long-term maintenance investments on the water trail. Facilities are designed, constructed, and maintained by incorporating sustainability principles.

Georgia River Network

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | (706) 549-7791 (fax) | info@garivers.org