Chattahoochee River Historic Paddle
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
The Georgia Conservancy is excited to partner with EcoAddendum for an educational kayak outing on the Chattahoochee River, just south of Atlanta.
Those familiar with Atlanta’s major tributaries — Peachtree, Proctor and Utoy Creeks — will enjoy seeing where these waters go – into the Chattahoochee, which becomes a large, classic southern River as it leaves Atlanta and flows into the lower Piedmont. In this section, the Chattahoochee opens up to a large, gentler stream, but still with a few shoals, flowing past rural farms and forests. It’s not uncommon to see osprey and bald eagle as we get closer to our takeout destination at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Though barely noticed today, this section of the Chattahoochee hosts some of the most meaningful historic sites in our area. We’ll put in near the place where the 19th century South’s most talented architect and bridge builder, Horace King, built a covered bridge over the Chattahoochee River on the old Carrollton Road. Unusual for his time, King was a successful and wealthy African American businessman, who traveled freely throughout the South, keeping homes in both Alabama and Georgia before the Civil War.
From Moore’s Bridge, we’ll paddle a beautiful 3-4 hour section of the Chattahoochee River, taking a stop at the historic site where Lower Creek Chief William McIntosh built an estate called Acorn Bluff, the place where he was later killed for signing over Creek lands to the Americans.
We’ll take out at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park, where camping is an option for those who may wish to stay overnight. Where we’ll be paddling, the Chattahoochee is a calm river with several small riffles. It’s an easy section for beginners, and being a little south of the city the river is cleaner and the banks are predominantly natural.
When: Saturday, June 22 // 10 AM - 5 PM
Where: Near Whitesburg, GA
Tour Details: Guided paddle with the Georgia Conservancy and EcoAddendum along the Chattahoochee River between Coweta and Carroll counties.
*All proceeds go to support the work of the Georgia Conservancy and EcoAddendum.
About EcoAddendum: “Eco-A’s mission is to raise awareness about Georgia’s rich natural environment, and through education, to reconnect people with the natural world. Our programs seek to restore health and well-being to people and communities as well as the trees, plants and native ecosystems of Atlanta and the Southeast. We’re dedicated to introducing Georgia’s vast diversity of native species to people of all ages through our popular naturalist walks, helping all to realize the fascinating interconnections that make nature’s life-sustaining systems work. Our discussions include health and wellness that comes from building a better relationship with nature.” Learn more at: http://www.ecoaddendum.org/
*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members on April 15 at 5 PM to the General Public on April 17 at 5 PM. Promo code not necessary as no member discount can be applied to this trip.
Did you know? Georgia Conservancy members have the opportunity to register early for select Stewardship Trips, as well as receive a discount on a number of our adventures during the year. Become a Georgia Conservancy member today, or renew your membership to register on April 15! Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration.
The Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the third year in a row. Our Day Trips help to supplement and enhance our already robust statewide trips schedule and aims to highlight and acknowledge the diverse array of green spaces, natural resources, individuals and organizations that are putting metro Atlanta on the map for environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.