Join the Georgia Conservancy's Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series as we explore the lower Altamaha on March 24-26, introducing first-time visitors to one of Georgia's greatest treasures and welcoming returning paddlers to the annual paddling and camping adventure! The Altamaha River Paddle will also play host on Friday night to the first of our three 50th Anniversary Tent Revivals (more details below).
Known as Georgia's "Little Amazon," the Altamaha is a mighty river. It drains the second largest watershed on the east coast into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of over 100,000 gallons per second. Its main stem, forming in Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, is undammed and free-flowing, creating a relatively intact and healthy ecosystem that is home to more than 100 rare and endangered species - the largest concentration in the state.
The Altamaha is also a little known paradise for paddling, bird watching and camping. Photographers, artists and nature lovers enjoy the abundance of wildlife found in this pristine waterway.
On Saturday, from the ARP (Altamaha Regional Park) we will paddle 17 miles on the main stem of the Altamaha, Stud Horse Creek, Lewis Creek and Rifle Cut. We will make our way to Darien Creek as we enter downtown Darien and take out at Skipper's Landing
On Sunday, we will get up and stretch our legs and hit the river one more time, exploring the cypress-laden system of lakes directly across the Altamaha from the campground.
It's time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting. Join the Georgia Conservancy and friends under the big top and on the riverbank for an environmental revival and BBQ. Our three 50th Anniversary Tent Revivals are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017.
Hosted in conjunction with three of our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series trips, our "tent revivals" are an invitation to men and women near and far to learn more about the Georgia Conservancy and share their story about being a conservationist. Each "tent revival" will feature delicious pulled pork BBQ (smoked onsite by Grassroots Farms) and curated storytelling about the Altamaha and Ocmulgee Rivers.
The first tent revival at our Altamaha River Paddle will be at the Altamaha Regional Campground on Saturday night and will feature a presentation and book-signing by award-winning writer Taylor Brown, author of River of Kings, a historical fiction about the Altamaha River.
Cost: Weekend Paddle + Camping - $150 (Does not include kayak rental); Day Paddle - $50 (Does not include kayak rental); Friday Night Tent Revival BBQ: $5 per person.