Georgia Water Trails Program

Georgia River Network (GRN) launched the Georgia Water Trails Program in 2010 in response to the need for a comprehensive source of information regarding the creation of water trails, to support representatives and communities in developing their water trails, and to provide information to recreational users about Georgia’s Water Trails.
Currently, there is no state agency in Georgia that serves this function. To unify the planning and management of the water trails throughout the state, the technical staff from GRN used Best Management Practices from national organizations and other state and Federal agencies to develop criteria that promote safe, legal and sustainable water trails.
Encompassed within the Georgia Water Trail Program are a variety of resources and projects supported and maintained by GRN. The program helps form water trail stakeholder partnerships that encompass all sectors of a community (land
owners, local and state agencies, county and city officials, river enthusiasts, educators, watershed groups, local businesses, attorneys, outfitters, etc.,) and introduces people to recreational, tourism and economic opportunities within communities and throughout the state.
Water trails are an effective way to introduce people to river issues and to engage them in the protection of their local waterways. We believe that the relationships we build by supporting communities who build water trails will strengthen our ability to effectively advocate for Georgia’s rivers.
Established Water Trails
Learn more about about Georgia's Established Water Trails by clicking on the right sidebar above

Georgia Water Trail Criteria

Georgia River Network considers a water trail to be established once the following criteria are fulfilled:
  • Water trail is sponsored, maintained and promoted by a local entity or partnership.
  • Publicly accessible areas that paddlers can legally access and safely unload boats and park vehicles.
  • River access sites are appropriately spaced apart on the river so that they may be reasonably paddled in a few hours or a full day.
  • Depending on the length of the trail, water access to public overnight camping sites.
  • Information about the water trail provided to paddlers through a website and illustrative maps created by the sponsoring entity.
  • Signage/ kiosks placed at all water trail access points that include: river etiquette information, paddling safety information, and a map of the water trail.

To apply for your community's water trail to be featured in the Georgia Water Trail Clearinghouse, please fill out this application.


Georgia Water Trails Network


Established Water Trails (16)

  • Altamaha River Water Trail
  • Augusta Canal Water Trail
  • Broad River Water Trail
  • Chattahoochee River National Water Trail
  • Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Trail
  • Dub Denman Canoe Trail (Tallapoosa Water Trail)
  • Etowah River Water Trail
  • Gainesville Upper Lanier Water Trail
  • Ochlockonee River Water Trail
  • Ocmulgee River Water Trail
  • Okefenokee Wilderness Area Canoe Trails
  • Satilla River Water Trail
  • Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail
  • Toccoa River Canoe Trail
  • Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail
  • Yellow River Water Trail

Developing Water Trails (18)

  • Alapaha River Water Trail
  • Big Indian Creek Water Trail
  • Conasauga Canoe Trail
  • Coosa River Water Trail
  • Coosawattee River Water Trail (N. Georgia Water Trail)
  • Flint River Water Trail
  • Georgia's Little River Water Trail
  • Little Ohoopee Blue Trail
  • Lower Chattahoochee River Water Trail
  • Lower Chattooga Canoe/Kayak Trail
  • Lower Oconee River Water Trail
  • Middle Chattahoochee River Water Trail
  • Oostanaula River Water Trail
  • South River Water Trail
  • St. Mary’s River Water Trail
  • South/West Chickamauga Creek Blueways
  • Upper Oconee Water Trail
  • Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail