2017 Save The Date - December 2

Ebenezer Creek Paddle

Effingham County

On Saturday December 2, join the Georgia Conservancy, the City of Springfield and Backwater Expeditions to enjoy a paddle on Ebenezer Creek. 

  • When: Saturday, December 2 // 8 AM - 2 PM
  • Where: New Ebenezer Retreat (2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon, GA 31326)

From the Georgia Conservancy's "Guide to the Georgia Coast":

Only an hour's drive from Savannah, Ebenezer Creek provides several leisurely day trips for canoeists. Ebenezer Creek is also the only coastal stream designated as a "Wild and Scenic River" by the Georgia General Assembly and has been called "Georgia's best example of a blackwater stream ecosystem". 

The swamps boarding the creek contain excellent examples of water tupelo and virgin bald cypress bottomlands. Many other aquatic plants such as parrot feather, pennywort, carnivorous bladderwort, tiny duckweed, and the floating mosquito fern occur in abundance. The bald cypress and tupelo that line the creek are hosts to such epiphytic plants as Spanish moss, resurrection fern, the uncommon green fly orchid and the parasitic American mistletoe.

At 8 AM, we will meet at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center for breakfast and a short program on the history and importance of Ebenezer Creek and the Springfield Ebenezer Creek Greenway Initiative led by The City of Springfield. At 9:30 a.m. we will head to Tommy Long Landing to begin our paddle (Click for Directions from Springfield or Savannah). A shuttle service will be provided.

We will depart at 10:30 a.m. on our 3-hour paddle towards the Savannah River. Along the way, our naturalist guide Cathy Sakas will share her extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the cypress-tupelo swamp. Our friends from Backwater Expeditions will outline the history of the area, including the Native American eras and when the Salzburgers landed in 1734. Plus, we will visit a very meaningful and historic site along the river known as Ebenezer Crossing and learn about its significance from Sonny Emmert from DNR's Coastal Resources Division.

Ebenezer Creek, Wild and Scenic River

The Georgia Conservancy, under the leadership of Bob Kerr, worked with the local community in Effingham County including the Salzburger Society to recognize the natural and historical importance of Ebenezer Creek. Georgia Conservancy trustees held a canoe trip in 1980 and saw first-hand the unique beauty of the area. In 1981, the Georgia Legislator made Ebenezer creek a Georgia Wild and Scenic River. It is one of three Georgia Rivers with that distinction and the only one on the coast. Ebenezer Creek is also designated a National Natural landmark by the National Park Service. Some of the cypress trees in the corridor are estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. 

The Ebenezer Creek 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 this trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org or Stewardship Trips Coordinator Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org