JUNE 17 - 19
Conasauga Snorkel & Mulberry Gap Inn Adventure
The Cohuttas, GA
On the weekend of June 17-19, the Georgia Conservancy, with the help and guidance of the Cherokee National Forest U.S. Forest Service and the fine folks at the Mulberry Gap Inn, will host its annual Conasauga River Snorkel and Cohutta Wilderness Adventure at the Mulberry Gap Inn. Guests may also register for just our Day Trip on Saturday, June 18.
The headwaters of the Conasauga and Jack’s rivers originate within the Cohutta Wilderness, a federally-protected wilderness area located in the mountains of north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. As a result, our snorkeling destination, located at the edge of the expansive Cohuttas, provides visitors with the chance to experience one of the most biologically-diverse sections of river in North America. The two remote mountain rivers offer wildlife miles of unspoiled sanctuary and are home to over 70 species of fish - twice as many than are found in the entire western United States. Some of these species are found nowhere else on Earth.
Though not attire usually associated with the mountains, participants don wetsuits, a mask and snorkel to catch a glimpse of these colorful, native fish, both large and small.
This is one of the most popular and awe-inspiring trips that the Conservancy hosts each year and it has introduced hundreds of curious members, friends and volunteers to the wonders of the river. Overnight guests will stay at the fantastic Mulberry Gap Inn Mountain Bike Getaway and enjoy “self-guided” hikes in the Cohutta Wilderness on the Conasauga River Trail, as well as have access to Mulberry Gap's famous mountain bike trails that allow you to glide through the forest. Enjoy the camaraderie around the campfire at night!
We have reserved the entire Mulberry Gap Inn for the Georgia Conservancy for the weekend.
Thank you to the Mulberry Gap Inn for sponsoring this trip through a deeply discounted weekend visit!
Watch this short video, produced by Freshwater Illustrated and filmed at the location of our snorkel, to get a glimpse of the underwater beauty you will experience:
Conasauga Snorkel Day Trip - $40 Per Person
Includes naturalist guide, short hike, guided snorkel, wet suit, mask and snorkel. Please bring your own lunch.
Conasauga Snorkel Weekend Camping - $100 Per Person, $325 Per Family of Four
Camping located at the Mulberry Gap Inn. Includes 5 wholesome meals, guided snorkel, opportunity for self-guided Cohutta Wilderness hike, bathrooms, electricity, access to a shower house, access to “The Barn” activity room, hot tubs, and access to GC gear bank
ConaSauga Snorkel Weekend Cabins - $175 Per Person (Double oCcupancy), $275 Per Person (Single Occupancy)
Cabins located at the Mulberry Gap Inn. Includes 5 wholesome meals, guided snorkel, opportunity for self-guided Cohutta Wilderness hike, bathrooms, electricity, access to a shower house, access to “The Barn” activity room, hot tubs, and access to GC gear bank
More cabins details here: Mulberry Gap Inn – Sleeping Cabins
REI Gear Bank - Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5. Using your member 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: June 17 - 19, 2016 (Friday - Sunday)
*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.
- Overnight reservations at Mulberry Gap Inn
- 5 wholesome meals (four prepared by Mulberry Gap Inn and lunch on Saturday by GC)
- Sunday snorkeling (wetsuit, mask, "viewing bucket" all included)
- Dedicated day of “self-guided” hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness
- SweetWater Brewing Company tasting
- Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
- Café Campesino Coffee
- *Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy free of charge 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 Trips Director, Brian Foster Georgia Conservancy Communications Director
Hosts: Doug Wright
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic camping skills, snorkeling basics, river ecology, Conasuaga River history, basic fire-building principles, beginner mountain biking skills, flora and fauna identification, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals
Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: All participants must have basic swimming skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian
Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to the Conasauga River. 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 Ben Fowler welcoming you to the Conasauga River Snorkel and 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, ect.)
- 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