2023 Cabretta Beach and Blackbeard Island Adventure

February 3-5, 2023

2023 Cabretta Beach and Blackbeard Island Adventure


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Join the Georgia Conservancy under the stars, camping at the spectacular Cabretta Beach campground on Sapelo Island’s north coast. Guests of our February 3-5 Cabretta Beach Adventure at Sapelo Island will have the option to add a paddle trip that departs with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters from Raccoon Bluff on Sapelo Island to explore the incredibly remote Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge to the north. The paddle tirp to Blackbeard is truly a rare opportunity to explore one of Georgia’s most remote and beautiful islands.

In addition to paddling Blackbeard Creek and hiking on Blackbeard Island, participants will have the opportunity to explore Cabretta Beach and enjoy a south-end tour of Sapelo Island, including the Reynolds Mansion, Sapelo Island Lighthouse, and Hog Hammock.

Sapelo Island, centrally located on Georgia's 110-mile coast, is an island in ecological transition and is awash with thousands of years of human history and present-day Geechee culture. Today, much of the island is managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and it also is home to one of the last remaining saltwater Geechee communities (Hog Hammock), the UGA Marine Sciences Institute, and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just 16 miles off the coast of Sapelo is Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Blackbeard Island is as rich in history as it is in natural resources. This barrier island, named because its thick woods and meandering creeks provided hiding places for pirates, remains remote with access only by boat. But, for the naturalist, fisherman, or beach-lover this spot is delightful and well worth the effort to get there. Learn more about Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge.

In-kind donors and local food producers we will be enjoying during our weekend: ASW Distillery (Atlanta), and Cafe Campesino Coffee (Americus).

Join us on a Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trip to learn more about important location-specific conservation issues, as well as statewide advocacy opportunities. Our goal is simple: Create a connection between some of Georgia’s most precious places and the people needed to protect them.