Water Trail Success Stories

Communities in Georgia are making a difference with water trails: 

  • In 2007, Hawkinsville and Pulaski Rivers Alive hosted Paddle Georgia 2007. Because Paddle Georgia chose Hawkinsville for the river end celebration, it helped motivate the town to transform their 19-acre river park into a family-friendly setting.  The local Rotary Club secured a 3-acre river front donation of land from a local businessman to the City of Hawkinsville north of town. Community donations and grants led to the development of a river walk and other park improvements that will be part of a proposed 54-mile blueway. Future plans include an amphitheater and educational center. The river has become a source of pride for Hawkinsville and the community is focused on keeping it clean. 

  • 21 cities and counties formed the The Altamaha River Partnership and use the Altamaha Trail as a way to promote tourism in their region.

  • The Coastal Resources Division and Coastal Resources Commission are working on a GA coastal trail that will connect with existing trails that reach from Chesapeake Bay around the state of Florida.

  • The Coosawattee Watershed Alliance is constructed canoe launches and is implementing a trail with a portion of the proceeds from Paddle GA 2009.

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