Paddle Georgia 2008 on the Flint River
Virtual Tour

Expect the unexpected should be the motto for this year's Paddle Georgia. When you weave through the Flint's bends around Pine Mountain and Sprewell Bluff State Park, you'll never guess that you are in Southwest Georgia. From the initial launch site east of Woodbury, the journey travels for four days across the Piedmont, meaning four days of rapids and shoals and a trip through what is arguably the most scenic stretch of river in Georgia. From the fall line, the river descends into the high coastal plain where it remains remote and wild. Unlike previous Paddle Georgia's, this year's route doesn't pass through "civilization" until the final day of the trip when we enter Montezuma and Oglethorpe. In fact, it is the first Paddle Georgia that does not travel beneath an interstate highway. Climb on board for this virtual tour, but be sure to join us in June for the real thing...ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.

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The dominant feature of day 1 is Pine Mountain, which looms in the distance at each bend.

Day 1
Pine Mountain Merengue

If you’re a dancer you know you drag your feet often in a merengue, but on this day’s paddle trip you’re more likely to drag your boat on shallow, rocky shoals. Nevertheless, this 14-paddle runs through what is arguably the most picturesque stretch of river in the entire state of Georgia.

Reminiscent of Virginia’s New River flowing through deep gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Flint winds its way between the peaks and bluffs of Pine Mountain towering nearly 500 feet above the wide, shoal-filled river. It is a scene seemingly out of place in middle Georgia and one that would not exist today if not for the efforts of local activists and then-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter who stopped  a massive dam proposal that would have inundated the Flint through these narrow mountain passes.

Numerous Class I shoals keep the paddling interesting, a side trip at Dripping Rocks provides access to a waterfall and plenty of rocks provide rest stops and play places. It begins slowly and ends with a bang at the 1300-acre Sprewell Bluff State Park where hiking trails lead to spectacular viewpoints above the river. It is among the best paddling you’ll find anywhere in Georgia.

 

Numerous shoals and pools provide excellent swimming
holes throughout the paddle.

 

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A massive rock in mid-channel marks the take out point at Sprewell Bluff State Park.