2017 Save The Date - JUNE 16 - 18

Conasauga Snorkel & Mulberry Gap Inn Adventure
The Cohuttas, GA

On the weekend of June 16-18, 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.

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:

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!

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on the Altamaha: Sweet Grass DairySweetwater Brewing Company, and Cafe Campesino Coffee

Recommended Experience Levels: Beginner

Trip Snapshot Details: Click to learn more and for downloadable .pdf



*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.org

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.

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 or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org