April 15 - 17

Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend
Newton, GA

On April 15-17, join the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Canoe Association for our second annual Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend Retreat. This trip is one of our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series events.

Located south of Albany in Newton, the Rocky Bend Retreat will be our headquarters for a fantastic weekend exploring a beautiful section of the Flint River.

“Nestled on the shores of the gently rolling Flint River in a quiet corner of southwest Georgia, Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat is the perfect place to leave the hustle-bustle of everyday behind. Whether you are looking for a base camp to enjoy the best hunting and fishing our region offers or you are visiting relatives in the area, our family owned and operated retreat is waiting just for you." 

Need to rent a kayak? Contact Flint River Rocky Bend Retreat to reserve your kayak or canoe today! The retreat center will handle our canoe and kayak rentals. To see a list of prices and choice of boat rental use this link: Rocky Bend Boat Rental and then scroll to the bottom. You can email or call at (229-343-2767 or fdeese21@gmail.com) and let them know you need to reserve a boat for the Georgia Conservancy’s Rocky Bend Retreat Paddle on Saturday, April 16.

On Saturday, we will paddle 16 miles on the Flint River ending at the Flint River Rocky Bend Retreat, passing through the mystic limestone bluffs and majestic cypress trees. The clear water of the Flint, fed by underground aquifers, makes paddling this section of the Flint River unforgettable.

On Sunday morning, we will lead an 8 mile paddle just south of August and explore Radium Springs and a few other clear springs from Radium Landing to Mitchell Landing on the Flint River.



Saturday Day PaSS - $40 Per PErson

Includes guided Saturday paddle and shuttle service.

Does not include overnight accommodations. 

Price does not include canoe or kayak* 

Weekend Camping AT Rocky Bend Retreat - $85 Per Person**

Registration includes primitive camping at the Rocky Bend Retreat and a two days of guided paddling on the Flint River.

This camping price includes dinners and breakfasts. Please bring your own lunch.

Weekend Cabin at Rocky Bend Retreat - $245 Per Cabin

Registration primitive cabin for two and two days of guided paddling on the Flint River. Only 3 Primitive Cabins are available so first come first serve. The primitive cabin includes a loft, hide away beds, electricity and running water. (Click here for photos of the primitive cabin.

Price does not include canoe or kayak*

*Need to rent a kayak? Contact Flint River Rocky Bend Retreat to reserve your kayak or canoe today! The retreat center will handle our canoe and kayak rentals. 

** Children 14 and under register for FREE on select Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series Trips. When completing registration add your children’s names and ages under Question #1.


  • Children must be 14 and under
  • Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
  • All children must have a signed waiver from their legal guardian
  • Boat rental and meals not included. Camping Only.
  • Does not include our Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs.
  • One adult for every two children.

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: April 15 - 17, 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.


  • Flint River Rocky Bend Retreat reservations
  • Flint River guided paddle on Saturday
  • 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: 75 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.

Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director 

Hosts: TBD

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday

Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Flint River history, basic paddling and canoe instruction, river navigation, intro to camping skills, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals.

Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: All participants must have basic paddling 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 Flint 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 Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend 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 Flint River Paddle at Rocky Bend is one of our twelve Heartland Rivers of Georgia trips featuring camping, paddling and stewardship in south and central Georgia. The series brings to light conservation efforts, economic development and recreational opportunities on the Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Chattahoochee, Altamaha, Satilla, Savannah and Yellow rivers, as well as Spring Creek near Bainbridge.

Largely unknown to the Georgia outdoor enthusiast, Georgia’s heartland rivers are a treasure trove of unparalleled natural beauty and recreation opportunity just a short drive from home.

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.