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Soque River Hidden Gem

Farm to Fork

April 20-22, 2018

N​orth GA​ Cabin Getaway - Farm to Fork Meals - Fly​ ​Fishing/Tying - ​Yoga - Meditation - Cooking Class - Paddling - Hiking

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Join GRN​ on​ Earth Day​ weekend ​for an unforgettable experience enjoying locally sourced gourmet farm to fork meals,​ fly fishing/ fly tying​ workshops​,​ a​ ​riverside ​yoga -​ meditation class​, hiking and paddling​, a special seasonal cooking class, live music, and more!

​Participants will stay in cabins at the fully furnished ​Twin Rivers ​Resort in the north GA mountains near Demorest​,​Ga. 

We will connect with farmers and growers ​in North GA through a weekend of eating fresh locally grown food and experience activities that highlight rivers and the wildlife and farming that depend on this valuable resource for vitality and survival. 

A Project of 
Georgia River Network
in partnership with
Soque River Watershed Association

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Soque Farm to Fork Meal Source Map

 Journey Details

Food for our gourmet meals throughout the weekend will be sourced from local farms and prepared by renowned Chef David Sweeney, local Chef Maria Loveless, and local Chef Leslee Pennington.

Starting Friday late ​afternoon, arrive at Twin Rivers Resort to register/check-in and enjoy the kickoff Farm to Fork dinner followed by presentations by Andrew Linker of Northeast Georgia Locally Grown and the Soque River Watershed Association President, Duncan Hughes.

Saturday, enjoy either a Scenic​ Paddle on the Soque River ​or join the noted local naturalists, Jim Sullivan and Joel Volpi, on the 2- to 3-mile guided Nature Hike. The evening will include another delicious Farm to Table dinner as well as a presentation and book signing by author​ Suzanne Welander and live music (Southern Appalachian Tales, Singalongs and Instrumental music). Ticket includes a signed copy of her guidebook, "Georgia Canoeing & Kayaking".

Sunday, enjoy either the ​Riverside ​Yoga - Meditation Class with South Africa native Janita Nelson and the Gourmet Cooking Class taught by culinary alchemist Chef MiMi McGee​ or the Fly Fishing & Tying Workshop led by experience guides Stephen Roberts and Ron Thomas of Unicoi Outfitters. Activities will wrap up between 3 and 4pm.

We are super excited about this event in which we will engage and empower participants to ​become river stewards​ and make the connection between rivers to farm to table​.

Ticket Details

​$360* (GRN Member) -  $395* (Non Member) Ticket Includes:

    • All locally grown meals prepared by renowned chefs (2 dinners, 2 box lunches, 2 hot breakfasts)
    • Educational Programs and Workshops
    • Presentations and Evening entertainment (Southern Appalachian Tales, Singalongs and Instrumental music)
    • Signed Georgia "Canoeing & Kayaking" guidebook by Suzanne Welander
    • T-shirt, Map, and Decal

 *Does NOT include eventbrite fees or boat rental. To reserve your boat and shuttle, please contact: Wildwood Outfitters 1-800-553-2715 or 706-865-4451

Limited spaces available -  Register today!



  • Day 1: Friday, April 20: Evening registration/check-in at Twin Rivers Resort, Farm to Fork dinner, NGLG and SRWA presentations
  • Day 2: Saturday, April 21: Choose to attend the Scenic Paddle on the Soque River  OR  the Guided Nature Hike. Farm to Fork dinner, GA Caoeing & Kayaking Guidebook presentation/signing, and live music
  • Day 3: Sunday, April 22: Choose to attend the Riverside Yoga/Meditation Class and Gourmet Cooking Class  OR  the Fly Fishing & Tying Workshop


Nightly Presentations

Andrew Linker - Northeast Georgia Locally Grown   

AndrewLinkerAndrew Linker is the Director of the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, a group of local and sustainable farmers seeking to share ideas and increase the impact of local foods in the region. Andrew enjoys connecting people to their food as a master gardener, environmental educator, market manager, farmer, and volunteer.
His presentation will include an overview of the local food scene in Northeast Georgia with an emphasis on resources for consumers, farmers, gardeners, and organizations to participate in and understand small-scale, organically-grown food. Andrew will introduce and define popular terms and labels regarding Organics and share ways to encourage a better food system in this community!
 Duncan Hughes - Soque River watershed Association


Duncan Hughes is the Executive Director of the Soque River Watershed Association which works together with individuals and organizations to protect and restore Habersham County’s Soque River, its tributaries and watershed. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences and went on to obtain his masters degree in Environmental Science at Columbus State University. He also serves as a board member to Keep Habersham Beautiful and Clarkesville Greenways as well as WaysSouth.

 Suzanne Welander - Author 'Georgia Canoeing & Kayaking' Guidebook

Welander bookSuzanneWelander2Suzanne Welander began canoeing in 1999. Since then, she has completed hundreds of trips exploring Georgia’s diverse streams or eddy-hopping down the Oconee in her whitewater canoe. She has a special passion for wilderness, stoked by multi-day self-supported canoe trips in remote parts of Alaska, Canada, Montana, and Arizona, in addition to canoe-camping getaways in wild corners of Georgia. Suzanne’s curiosity continually draws her to explore sections of rivers she has not yet paddled and to monitor the changes at those she revisits. She’s also a half-decent whitewater canoe slalom racer. When she isn’t paddling or writing about rivers, Suzanne works for a North Georgia organic farm and plays saxophone in the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable.
Suzanne lives in Atlanta with her husband who's also an avid canoeist, their young son, and a small flock of chickens. 

Farm to Fork Meals

All meals prepared by renowned Chef David Sweeney, as well as Chef Leslee Pennington of the Red Barn Cafe and Maria Loveless of Calundula Catering

Chef David Sweeney

David Sweeney GardenBorn in Augusta, GA, David grew up in a classic military family, moving every 3 years, until he was 12, when his family settled in Southern Germany. Always encouraged to explore food culture, David embraced adventurous eating over the next 20 years of living and working in Europe. His early career consisted of working in fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Gucci, but his passion for entertaining at home and his dreams of having a food business steadily grew.

David's first culinary venture was the catering service. An autodidact, he read books on nutritional healing, herbalogy, healthy food combinations, ayurveda and vegetarianism. In 2004, he opened Fresh Dish, a vegetarian delivery service in the heart of Munich’s progressive neighborhood, Glockenbach.  A huge success, the meal plan gained a loyal clientele, including Condé Nast and Bavarian Film Studios. To be closer to his family, David relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. He opened his first restaurant in the historic Sweet Auburn District of Atlanta - Dynamic Dish.

david Sweeney kitchenAs a conscious, self-taught chef with an awareness of the health challenges that a large portion of Americans face due to poor diet, David honed in on his true mission. So, came about the ethos of Dynamic Dish: To provide fresh nutritious meals for people with Modern/Urban Lifestyles, who don’t have the time to prepare meals for themselves.  To offer food with a healthy advantage, containing natural ingredients obtained from multi-cultural natural resources, combined to create tasty, imaginative meals that have a positive result on the well being of people of all ages.

Dynamic Dish was constructed as a LEED Platinum space in the Martin Luther King Historic District and served from August 2007 – December 2010. After a brief stint as Chef du Jardin at Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene, David joined forces with Chef Billy Allin at the one of the South’s most acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants, Cakes and Ale, taking over the lunch and catering program for Chef Allin’s Café. Since 2014 David has been working free-lance doing pop-ups, cooking demonstrations, developing recipes, food styling, private & corporate catering.

Chef Leslee Pennington

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Leslee Pennington, A native of Rabun County, has been in the Culinary Industry for over 15 years. Classically french trained, her culinary itch has taken her all over the United States and throughout Europe. Working with RSH Traiteur based out of Switzerland, her client list is ever expanding and includes private clients and brands like Rolex. Having worked for David Sweeney, she fell in love with his nutritional, wholesome food and gorgeous outlook on life. She currently resides in Tiger, Ga and is the Executive Chef at the Red Barn at Tiger Mountain Vineyards where she prepares southern food with french flair and a healthy, nutritional twist.

Guided Nature Hike with Naturalists Jim Sullivan and Joel Volpi

Paddling isn't for everyone, so we wanted to offer an opportunity for folks to enjoy the Soque and Chattahoochee rivers by foot with naturalist Jim Sullivan on a 2-3 mile hike on the 25 acre Twin Rivers property (located on the Confluence on the Chattahoochee and Soque rivers). 

Jim Sullivan

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 Jim is a lifelong student of natural history. From learning all the trees in his neighborhood in 1960 to photographing over two hundred species of moths and butterflies in the Tugaloo River corridor in 2017, it never stops. The junction of biological diversity and physical geography is where he lives and watches and learns. Botany is a specialty, but why that plant grows there, what pollinates it and what eats it are all of interest.
Joel Volpi
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Joel is a retired educator, life long birder, naturalist, hunter, angler, and falconer. He is the past president of the Atlanta Audubon Society, Georgia Falconry Association, and current president of the Soque River Watershed Association. Joel has been involved in the preservation and stewardship of native wildlife, plants, and habitat for decades. A committed preservationist, Joel has worked timelessly for the preservation and stewardship of native wildlife, plants, and habitat. He has committed time and energy on the local, state, national, and international level to bring about positive measures to protect plant and animal communities around the world.


Scenic Paddle on the Soque River

SoqueCanoePaddle 4 + miles on this scenic hidden gem that renowned as one of the finest trout streams in the southeast. The Soque River and its watershed are located entirely within the county boundaries of Habersham County in northeast Georgia. The Soque River extends for approximately 30 miles through mostly private land alongside Scenic State Highway 197 and through the heart of Clarkesville, Georgia before finally emptying into the Chattahoochee River in the southwest corner of the county. Due to the fact that there is very little public access to the Soque River, private land with frontage is highly desirable and is considered a good long term investment by just about anyone familiar with real estate values in the area. Soque River property values have seen rapid appreciation in the last 10 years as the once “little known secret” of trophy trout fishing on the river has become widely known among trout fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Water temperatures on the upper Soque River are ideal to support prolific numbers of trout while land owners and local trout fishing businesses insure that the river is re-stocked annually and the fish well fed to maintain their trophy size. (soqueriver.com)

Riverside Yoga/Meditation Class with Janita Nelson

Whether you're a novice just wanting to get a taste for yoga/meditation or an experienced yogi master - this experience will soothe your mind, body, and soul! Practice an all level Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class. With earth below, sky above and the sound of the River in your ears. Nature inspires us to breath more deeply,  to be more aware of whats around us. Nature guides us to a place of deep stillness and ease. Doing yoga outside gives us a sense of harmony and timeless connection to the universe. 

Janita Nelson

Janita Nelson smilingJanita Nelson was born in South Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. She spent a lot of time as a child and young adult in the bush of Botswana, camping and living with wild animals.  She studied Fine Art, Majoring in Print Making at the University of the Witwatersrand then went on to study Ceramics at the University of Witwatersrand of South Africa.  She then worked as an artist and has exhibited in SA and the USA. In addition, she studied yoga in the United States have worked as a yoga and meditation teacher for the last 20 years and as an art teacher for the last 10 years. Janita has two children; Acacia and Keeta, and is married to Steve Moore. She received her certification in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, from Asheville Yoga School in 1998 with a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification, and is currently working on 500 hour certification.  She has completed workshop classes with Shiva Rae, Bryan Kest, Doug Keller, Desiree Romberg, Stephine Keach, Tias Little, Jason Crandel and Shala Worsly as well as Yin and Meditation with Sarah Power.  Her specialties include Yoga Flow and Yin Yoga.  She is passionate about giving people a better understanding of yoga and the benefits of yoga practice; helping to facilitate a happier, healthier more peaceful life style.

Power of Spring Cooking Class led by Chef Mimi McGee

We are lucky enough to welcome Chef MiMi McGee to teach a cooking class at this year’s Soque River Hidden Gem! MiMi McGee is a self-described culinary alchemist who finds flavorful inspirations in her passions for healthful cuisine. Make your kitchen healthier for you and our Earth by joining us for “Yoga for Food” involving high prana and energizing foods to include in your diet this Spring. Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion in spring—so does the energy within us. Embrace the opportunity to shed old unwanted layers and make a conscious choice to begin again. Chef MiMi McGee will open your eyes to looking at the life force in food, our bodies, and the natural world around us… 

 “I challenge the thinking that healthy cooking can’t be delicious,” according to MiMi! 
To hold you over until April, check out Mimi’s culinary blog where she publishes and shares recipes, cooking tips, and life insights on her blog, LeafyCafe.com and IslandWellness.org

Mimi McGee

MiMiMcgee 2MiMi McGee has enough acronyms following her name to qualify her for Iron Chef but this self-described culinary alchemist finds flavorful inspiration in her passions for healthful cuisine.  What began as a discovery in the culinary arts at prestigious Johnson & Wales has come full-circle for MiMi, whose creative culinary talents take a decidedly plant-based, whole food approach to (delicious) eating.

In 2010, MiMi’s commitment to health and (delicious) nutrition was recognized nationally when she became one of a handful of chefs to be selected by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine to become a Food for Life Cooking Instructor. MiMi then went on to become a L.E.A.N. Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Dually certified in Plant-based nutrition and Weight Management Leadership, her classical culinary training imparts unique flavor and tastiness to healthful cooking. MiMi is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and the Chef’s Move to Schools and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs organizations and runs her own Leafy Café Cooking School when not visiting local Farmer’s Markets for the freshest, seasonal ingredients.

Fly Fishing & Tying Workshop with Guides Stephen Roberts & Ron Thomas

Have you ever wanted to learn what the flyfishing hype is all about? Well this workshop is for YOU!  Learn the basics of flyfishing and fly tying from the experts. More details coming soon!

Ron Thomas

Ron ThomasRon has been guiding with Unicoi Outfitters for over four years. His ideal day on the water is: "Every day that I take someone fishing. I still can't believe I'm working at something I enjoy so much. I really enjoy guiding instructional trips. Whether it's a kid, or just anyone that is new to fly fishing, I try to help them develop the same feelings I have for this sport. If I make this complicated or it isn't fun for them, then I've failed as a guide."

Ron's other interests include: "Fly tying and using my flies on the trips I guide. I teach fly tying on several levels and try to relate how this activity can enhance your fly fishing enjoyment as well as your fish catching ability. I'm trying to become more involved in the fly fishing community. Besides working in our local TU chapter on various projects, I'm involved with the Fly Fishing For Vets and Healing Waters programs. These have proven very rewarding to the veterans and even much more to me."

Ron's special techniques include: "I try to customize the flies I tie for the various situations in which I fish or guide. By teaching this in my classes and on the water, I feel that I can help my customers become better fishermen.”

Here's Ron's special tip: "On the days when it seems tough to get any fish to take, tie on some small soft hackles and fish them on the swing - it seems to work for me."

Stephen Roberts

StephenRobertsfishing 1StephenRobertsfishing 2Stephen has been fishing since he was three years old, and found his love of fly fishing at age twelve.Beginning in college, he guided part time for Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Georgia for several years. In his early twenties Stephen also guided full time during the summer months in Colorado on the Taylor River and Gunnison River. Stephen continues to have a passion for the sport and loves to teach others.

Live Music

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Bob and Melody Thomason

Kick back in the evenings and get lost in the soulful sounds of Southern Apalachian tales, singalongs, and instrumental music.




Farm to Fork Menu:

Friday, April 20th:
Riverview Farms Heritage Pork Loin
Timpson Creek Farm Roasted Beets w/Fresh Horseradish Sauce
Love is Love Farm Kale Caesar Salad
Dessert: Pecan Pie


Saturday, April 21st
Hot Breakfast
Riverview Farms Grits & Pork Sausage
Local Scrambled Eggs w/optional toppings of Cheese, Roasted Cherry Tomato,
Scallion, Roasted Mushroom, Avocado
Toast w/Butter, Local Jam & Honey

Box Lunch
Riverview Farms Deviled Ham Salad Sandwich (no Mayo) on Sprouted Grain Bread
Fresh Fruit & Chips
David’s Seedy Bars

Springer Mountain Farms Sesame-Ginger grilled Chicken
Timpson Creek Farms Mixed Greens w/Ginger-Miso Dressing, Scallions
Saffron Basmati Rice with Roasted Root Vegetables, Coconut, Cilantro, Jalapeno
Dessert: Osage Strawberry Shortcake w/Whipped Amish Cream

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Sunday, April 22nd
Hot Breakfast
Riverview Farms Grits & Pork Sausage
Local Farm Egg Frittata
Toast w/Butter, Local Jam & Honey

Box Lunch
Maple Smoked Turkey Wrap with Sprouts, Swiss Cheese; Basil-Pumpkin seed
Fresh Fruit & Chips
David’s Seedy Bars

Frequently Asked Questions


How many people participate?

We will have a maximum of 65 partiicpants

Can I go for just part of the trip?

Yes, but all registration fees are the same, regardless of how many days you attend. 

How will cabins be assigned?

Participants will be assigned to a cabin during check-in on Friday April 20 on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to share a cabin with friends/ family - let us know during check in on Friday and we will do our best to accomodate any requests. Each of the 10 cabins hold between 6 and 11 guests.

What time do I need to arrive on Friday April 20th? When will the event be over on Sunday April 22nd?

We will hold a mandatory check in and safety briefing on Friday, April 20 at 5:30PM. Plan on arriving at the Twin Rivers Resort & Retreat no later than 6:00PM. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  We will finish up on Sunday, April 22nd at approx. 3:30PM (depending on which workshops you choose to particpate in).

Are there sponsorship opportunities for my business or as an individual?

Yes! We would be delighted if you or your business would like to become an event sponsor! Your company logo will be included on promo material, the t-shirt, social media, newsletters, plus other perks based on your level of sponsorship. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In what ways can I volunteer during the trip?

There will be a number of volunteer opportunities available during the trip ranging from assisting with hauling boats and gear, assisting with dish washing and cleanup, and helping the chef and kitchen staff. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in signing up to assist. Nightly volunteer prizes will be available!

Do I need to bring food?  

Breakfasts, dinners and sack lunches are included in your registration fee. Feel free to bring snacks. Each cabin is equipped with a fully furnished kitchen.

Where can I rent a boat? 

Please contact Wildwood Outfitters to rent a boat 1-800-553-2715 or 706-865-4451

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes! Please complete the followiung waiver(s) and confirm on your email:

Adult waiver link - https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/5a74923fbd587/web

Minor waiver link- https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/5a74934bf3b60/web



Cumberland Island Georgia Gem 

Nov 30, 2018 9AM - Dec 2, 2018 5PM

Cumberland Camping

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Join Georgia River Network on the St. Mary's Water Trail for this special Georgia Gem Event. Participants will enjoy delicious meals, live entertainment and tent camping near the beach under gorgeous live oak and palmetto forest. There will be fascinating presentations about wildlife, local lore, coastal restoration efforts and an opportunity to enjoy and explore Cumberland Island by foot/bicycle.

Tickets are available for either:
-Physically fit sea kayakers who would like to join the group paddle from the mainland to Cumberland Island or
-Those who would like to take the ferry across to enjoy the weekend event.
A Project of 
Georgia River Network
in partnership with
St. Marys Riverkeeper
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Journey Details

"St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here.  Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness." National Park Service Website

Participants will enjoy paddling/taking the ferry through the Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia from the historic town of St Marys through marsh, open/blue water, and along the south end of Cumberland island to our destination at Dungeness. We will camp at 'Sea Camp' Friday and Saturday night. The campsites are primitive without electricity or plumbing however it is only a short walk to the bathhouse which has cold showers. We will travel over to the island Friday afternoon, set up camp, relax and enjoy a delicious catered dinner. We will spend Saturday on Cumberland exploring by foot/ bicycle and enjoy a number of educational presentations/programs followed by dinner and live evening entertainment. We will pack up Sunday morning and return to the mainland after enjoying our last hot breakfast on the island!



Special Program by Carol Ruckdeschel

A special program will be given by Carol Ruckdeschel referred to as the “Road Kill Eating, Bareback Riding, Wild Woman of Cumberland Island” in the 2014 biography Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island, by Will Harlan. Ruckdeschel was instrumental in the creation and preservation of Cumberland Island National Seashore and does ongoing research on sea turtles and endangered and extinct species around the Georgia coast.

More details coming soon!


  • Day 1) Friday, Nov. 30: St. Mary's (Mainland) to Dungeness Dock (Cumberland Island) - 7 miles
  • Day 2) Saturday, Dec. 1: Spend the day exploring Cumberland Island, enjoy presentations/programs, biking or hiking to historic sites, fossil finding, and beach combing
  • Day 3) Sunday, Dec. 2: Dungeness Dock (Cumberland Island) to St. Mary's (Mainland) - 7 miles

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Paddling spots will be limited to physically fit participants with open/blue water kayaking experience. However, tickets are also available for those who would like to join us on Cumberland for the weekend event but not paddle. While paddlers will be led by experienced local guides, none will be prepared to pull paddlers who tire from lack of fitness. Paddlers must have an intermediate level of physical fitness. 
Registration Information
Tickets are available to accommodate experienced sea kayakers desiring to join the group paddling from the mainland to Cumberland Island, as well as for those who would like to take the ferry across and enjoy the weekend event. While paddlers will be led by experienced local guides, none will be prepared to pull paddlers who tire from lack of fitness. Paddlers must have an intermediate level of physical fitness.
Registration Fees include T-shirt, Map, NPS Day Use Fee, Camping Fee, ACA Insurance, Chartered Ferry, and Dinners, Lunches, and Hot Breakfasts.
Island Paddler Hidden Gem Ticket: Participants must be physically fit with sea kayaking experience and able to paddle from the mainland to Cumberland Island (7 miles) on Friday and make the return journey on Sunday.
Island Ferry Hidden Gem Ticket: This ticket is for those who would like to participate in the weekend event by taking the ferry to/from the mainland to Cumberland.
This is an ACA-sanctioned event 

Mark your calendars!
See all of GRN's 2018 events HERE!

Hidden Gems Paddling Series

Photos & Partners from Past
Hidden Gem Paddles
Lower Oconee Hidden Gem Paddle & Campout - 2016
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, .Altamaha Riverkeeper, and Lower Oconee Water Trail
Coosawattee River Hidden Gem Paddle to Farm to Table - 2016
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, Georgia Organics, & Coosa River Basin Initiative.
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Ochlockonee River Hidden Gem 2015 Tea-Stained Waters, Cypress Knees & Rich Wildlife Diversity
Event Partners: Georgia River Network, Ochlockonee River Water Trail, and Golden Triangle RC&D.
South River Hidden Gem 2015 - From Urban Wasteland to Wet & Wild Oasis
Event partners: Georgia River Network, South River Watershed Alliance, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area & Rockdale County
Photos from the trip.
Middle Oconee Hidden Gem 2015 - Bubbling Shoals, Rocky Outcrops & Historic Mills
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, UGA Office of Sustainability, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, UGA Odum School of Ecology - River Basin Center, UGA College of Environment & Design, and Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission.
Satilla River Hidden Gem 2014 - Giant Magnolias and Burnt Forts - A Glimpse of the Satilla’s Unique Past
Event partners: Georgia River Network,
North Oconee Hidden Gem 2014 - Bobbin Through Remnants of the Oconee’s Historic Timeworn Textile Mills
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, University of Georgia Office of Sustainability, UGA College of Environment & Design, UGA Outdoor Recreation, and Athens-Clarke County Oconee River Greenway Commission.
Photos from the trip. 
Chattahoochee Columbus Hidden Gem 2014 - From Derelict Dams to Recreational White Water -Adventure on a Revitalized River in Columbus
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Chattahoochee Riverwarden.
Ogeechee River Hidden Gem 2014 - Secrets of South Georgia’s Tea-Colored Waters and White Barking Sands
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.
Altamaha River Hidden Gem 2013 - Ancient Giants of the Altamaha River
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Off Grid Expeditions, & Altamaha Riverkeeper.
Savannah River Hidden Gem 2013 - Savannah River’s Last Remaining Shoals
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Georgia Kayak Fishing-Paddle4Tomorrow & Savannah Riverkeeper.
Etowah River Hidden Gem 2013 - Paddling Through Cherokee History on the Etowah
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance & Cherokee Historical Society.
Chattahoochee River Hidden Gem 2013 - Behind the Scenes of Atlanta's Work Horse on the Chattahoochee
Event partners: Georgia River Network, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, & Keeping it Wild!
Yellow River Hidden Gem 2012 - Yellow River Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta
Event Partners: Georgia River Network and Yellow River Water Trail
South River Hidden Gem 2012 - Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta
 Event Partners: Georgia River Network and South River Watershed Alliance.