Cabretta Beach Adventure
Sapelo Island, GA

During the weekend of January 29 - 31, join the Georgia Conservancy under the stars, camping at the spectacular Cabretta Beach campground on Sapelo Island’s north coast. Guests of our Cabretta Beach Adventure at Sapelo Island can choose between a full island tour of Sapelo (including the Chocolate Plantation ruins, Reynolds Mansion and Hog Hummock) or a paddle that departs with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters from Raccoon Key on Sapelo Island to explore the incredibly remote Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge to the north. This is truly a rare opportunity to spend a weekend on one of Georgia’s most remote and beautiful islands.

Sapelo Island, centrally-located on Georgia's 110-mile coast, is an island in ecological transition and is awash with thousands of years of human history and present-day Geechee culture. Today, much of the island is managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and it also is home to one of the last remaining saltwater Geechee communities (Hog Hummock) and the UGA Marine Sciences Institute.

Blackbeard Island is as rich in history as it is in natural resources. This barrier island, named because its thick woods and meandering creeks provided hiding places for pirates, remains remote with access only by boat. But, for the naturalist, fisherman or beach-lover this spot is delightful and well worth the effort to get there. Learn more about Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge.



Cabretta Beach Camping and BLACKBEARD ISLAND TOUR - $275

Includes two-nights camping at Cabretta Beach, kayaking to Blackbeard Island and guided hike on Blackbeard.

Cabretta Beach Camping and Sapelo Island Tour - $175

Includes two-nights camping at Cabretta Beach and guided tour of Sapelo Island.

* Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5.  Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) have FREE access to the GC REI Gear Bank.

Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. . Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres at atorres@gaconservancy.org




Dates: January 29th – 31st, 2016
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.


  • Camping at Georgia DNR's Cabretta Beach Campground
  • Guided tours of Sapelo or Blackbeard Islands
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
  • Café Campesino Coffee
  • Friday dinner, three Saturday meals, Sunday breakfast
  • Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy thanks to our REI Sponsorship.

Capacity: 50 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.

Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Director, and Bryan Schroeder, Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Development and Marketing, and Brian Foster, Georgia Conservancy Communications Director

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday


Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic camping, hiking and kayaking skills, flora and fauna identification, Sapelo and Blackbeard history, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals.

Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Sapelo Island. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancellations.

What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:

  • Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our payment provider and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list! 
  • Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips: this email will be sent by Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler welcoming you to the Cabretta Beach Adventure Weekend. We may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people.
  • 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, etc.)
  • 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.

The Cabretta Beach Adventure is one of our Bucket List Adventure Trips. Our Bucket List Trips are once-in-a-lifetime journeys that include adventures in the Cohutta Wilderness, Okefenokee Wilderness, Blackbeard Island Wilderness, Cabretta Beach on Sapelo Island, Cloudland Canyon, Jeykll Island and on the Conasauga River.

Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org

Thinking of joining us for a trip? Please read our "Know Before You Go" page for more details.