March 24-26

Altamaha River Paddle & Tent Revival
Darien, GA

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.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: Sweet Grass DairySweetwater Brewing CompanyAmerican Spirit Whiskey and Cafe Campesino Coffee.


50th Anniversary TENT REVIVAL

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.

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Trip Price: 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.
Click here to rent a kayak from SouthEast Adventure.

Recommended Experience Levels: Intermediate

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*Details Are Subject To Change



*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on December 15 and to the General Public on December 19

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.orgAre you adding on a membership with this trip purchase? Use (GCMember) promo code to receive a $5 discount. Adding on a Cambium membership? Use (GCCambium) promo code to receive $10 off your purchase.

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Participants who choose to camp have unlimited access to our REI sponsored Gear Bank which includes tents, sleeping pads, backpacks, and flashlights for a one-time fee of $5.  Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) will receive a $5 discount (which makes it free) for the Gear Bank Access.

The Altamaha River to Sea Paddle 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.

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 or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at