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.