September 29 - october 1

Ocmulgee River Paddle & Tent Revival
Hawkinsville, GA

Join the Georgia Conservancy on a two-day celebration along the banks of the Ocmulgee River. We will explore roughly 13 miles of the revolutionary 200 mile Ocmulgee Water Trail Network - a premier destination for paddlers and river enthusiasts that provides a variety of recreational activities that promotes local and regional economic improvements. The weekend includes a guided naturalist paddle of the Ocmulgee River with Three Rivers Outdoors, beginner canoe instruction, Americana music from Atlanta-based duo How & Why, BBQ dinner from Grass Roots Farms, evening educational program and a tour of a sustainable working forest!

  • Friday: Weekend guests will arrive at Mile Branch Park for an evening of camping, featuring dinner, campfires and music.
  • Saturday: Leaving camp at around 9 AM, participants will paddle from Dykes Landing (river landing 6) north of Hawkinsville and will return back to Mile Branch Park (river landing 8). This is a 13-mile paddle through easy moving currently that will include breaks on the many sandbars along the paddle (depending on river levels). Upon our return, our Tent Revival (more info below) will kick-off with guests enjoying a BBQ dinner and  presentations from the Georgia Conservancy, the Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve Initiative and local sustainable forester and champion of conservation easements Dr. Johnny Bembry. 
  • Sunday, participants will have the opportunity to tour a sustainable working forest with nationally-recognized forester and former Georgia Conservancy board member Dr. Johnny Bembry. Dr. Bembry's property is 4 miles downstream of Mile Branch Park. Tour begins at 10 AM and lunch will be provided. 

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend on the Ocmulgee: Grass Roots Farms BBQ (Waverly, Ga) Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese (Thomasville, Ga), American Spirit Whiskey (Atlanta), Sweetwater Brewing Company (Atlanta), Cafe Campesino Coffee (Americus, Ga) and Montane Sparkling Water (Hamilton, Ga)


It’s time for a good ole fashioned backcountry camp meeting.

In conjunction with the paddle, the Georgia Conservancy is issuing an invitation for a riverside “tent revival.” 

On Saturday evening, September 30, join the Georgia Conservancy and friends on the riverbank at Mile Branch Park in Hawkinsville for a conservation revival and BBQ. Our "tent revivals" are a chance to renew, reframe and explore what it means to love Georgia's great outdoors in 2017 - this time with special guests who hold a close relationship to the Ocmulgee River: The Ocmulgee National Parks and Preserve Initiative and local forester Dr. Johnny Bembry.

Guests are invited to join the Georgia Conservancy at 6:00 PM for light refreshments, good conversation and live music from Americana duo How & Why. Dinner, Grassroots Farms pulled pork BBQ and sides, will be served around 7 PM. After dinner, special guests will make a presentation about the impact that the Ocmulgee River has had on their lives and the importance of including folks from all communities and backgrounds in the effort to conserve Georgia's natural resources. The Georgia Conservancy will then open the floor to others to speak about their relationship with the river: what's gone, what’s at stake and what we can do to protect the Ocmulgee that we know today. Testimonials are encouraged!

The cost of the BBQ is covered in the price for paddlers. It's $5 per person for non-paddling guests. Please register below. 

Trip Price: Weekend Paddle & Camp (Saturday Paddle, Tent Revival and Sunday farm tour included) - $150, Saturday Paddle (non-weekend guests) - $50, Saturday Night Tent Revival BBQ - $5 per person.  *Canoes not included in price, please add canoe while registering below.

Recommended Experience Levels: Novice-Intermediate due to significant mileage of paddle route.

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*Registration opens to Georgia Conservancy members at 5 PM on May 15 and to the General Public at 5 PM on May 17

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 May 15! Already a member? Use your email provided promo code for early registration and to receive a discount (Live Oak Level and above) when registering for this trip. If you have any questions, please contact Georgia Conservancy Development Coordinator Carden Barkley at

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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 Ocmulgee River 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