7 Unforgettable Places to Kayak in Georgia
A little off the beaten path, these Georgia rivers and lakes offer unbeatable scenery for paddlers.
Kayaking at George L. Smith State Park
Venture through preserved woodlands, among moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees, past historic sites and to fantastic fishing holes on these rivers and lakes that are just perfect for a Georgia kayak trip.
Named by Nature Conservancy as "one of 75 last great places in the world," the un-dammed Altamaha River is the second-largest watershed in the Eastern United States and supports more than 130 rare and endangered species.
- Three Rivers Outdoors - Featured on NOAA's "Rivers to Reefs," and "Survivorman," Three Rivers Outdoors is the perfect adventure for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Paddle along the mighty Altamaha River through preserved woodlands, freshwater wetlands, and scenic salt marsh on trips ranging from two hours to two weeks!
Augusta Canal/Savannah Rapids, Augusta area
While kayaking the Savannah River is reserved for more advanced paddlers, Augusta Canal is an experience everyone can enjoy. Kayakers have an amazing view of historic sites and wildlife on the hours-long paddle to Olmstead Lake.
- Savannah Rapids / Augusta Canal - Located alongside Augusta Canal in Savannah Rapids Park, Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental provides launch and shuttle for paddlers exploring the Savannah River or Augusta Canal.
Flint River, Albany
Flowing free for 200 of its 344-mile length, the Flint River is dotted with the mysterious appearance of blue hole springs. Known for having a lazy current, abundant wildlife sightings and scenic views, a float down the Flint is fun for all ages.
- Kayak Attack Adventures - Join Kayak Attack on the Flint River in Albany for an exciting adventure that compliments a visit to the amazing Flint RiverQuarium. Choose a two or five-hour adventure, exploring unique river features, near one of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders, Radium Springs. Kayak Attack guides paddlers through historic downtown Albany, to fantastic fishing holes, and searching for mystical blue holes!
- Flint River Outpost – Camilla
George L. Smith State Park, Twin City
Serene waters, picturesque Southern scenery and abundant wildlife encounters make this secluded water trail a must-see. A multitude of blue heron and white ibis, soaring and nesting above, lends a surreal, jungle-like feel to the paddle.
- Mill Pond Kayak / George L Smith State Park - Led by the expertise of Mill Pond Kayak, paddlers tour thick stands of moss-draped cypress and tupelo near the restored Parrish Mill.
Lake Blackshear, Cordele
Kayakers on Lake Blackshear enjoy amazing sunset views, paddling the 8,700-acre lake, and wildlife encounters with a variety of birds, turtles and alligators.
- Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club - A popular outdoor getaway, Lake Blackshear Resort is located in Georgia Veterans State Park. The resort offers an outstanding lodge, with two restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, and a museum honoring our nation's veterans. A sandy swimming area, watercraft rentals and a pro shop with fishing tours provide a wide variety of watersport recreation.
Ocmulgee River, Macon
See a view of Macon you can't get anywhere else, floating through town and forest, passing historic sites, and paddling class I rapids.
- Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions - Choose a quick float, or a half-day adventure, and experience Macon from the waters of the Ocmulgee.
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
- Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. The 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir is popular for fishing and provides a pretty setting for feeding ducks and picnicking. SUPs, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats can be rented.
Candy Cook is Georgia's official Outdoor Explorer. Find more of her outdoor trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org.