On Saturday December 3, join the Georgia Conservancy, the City of Springfield and Backwater Expeditions to enjoy a paddle on Ebenezer Creek.
When: Saturday, December 3 // 8 AM - 2 PM
Where: New Ebenezer Retreat (2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon, GA 31326)
Cost: $25 per person (includes guided paddle and breakfast), $20 boat rental
At 8 AM, we will meet at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center for breakfast and a short program on the history and importance of Ebenezer Creek and the Springfield Ebenezer Creek Greenway Initiative led by The City of Springfield. At 9:30 a.m. we will head to Tommy Long Landing to begin our paddle (Click for Directions from Springfield or Savannah). A shuttle service will be provided.
We will depart at 10:30 a.m. on our 3-hour paddle towards the Savannah River. Along the way, our naturalist guide Cathy Sakas will share her extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the cypress-tupelo swamp. Our friends from Backwater Expeditions will outline the history of the area, including the Native American eras and when the Salzburgers landed in 1734. Plus, we will visit a very meaningful and historic site along the river known as Ebenezer Crossing and learn about its significance from Sonny Emmert from DNR's Coastal Resources Division.
From the Georgia Conservancy's "Guide to the Georgia Coast":
Only an hour's drive from Savannah, Ebenezer Creek provides several leisurely day trips for canoeists. Ebenezer Creek is also the only coastal stream designated as a "Wild and Scenic River" by the Georgia General Assembly and has been called "Georgia's best example of a blackwater stream ecosystem".
The swamps boarding the creek contain excellent examples of water tupelo and virgin bald cypress bottomlands. Many other aquatic plants such as parrot feather, pennywort, carnivorous bladderwort, tiny duckweed, and the floating mosquito fern occur in abundance. The bald cypress and tupelo that line the creek are hosts to such epiphytic plants as Spanish moss, resurrection fern, the uncommon green fly orchid and the parasitic American mistletoe.