Top 5 Adventures in Georgia

We are probably cutting a few adventures short here. In fact, there a lot more amazing adventures in Georgia than 5. But we thought we would put together 5 of our fav’s.  The criteria was “how epic is this going to be”? Some of them our guided services, backpacking trips, paddling trips, and are just a day hike.

  1. Jacks River Trail  – (Backpacking) Jacks River trail encompasses 17 miles of some of the most remote wilderness in Georgia. What makes this trail “epic”? Probably the 42 river crossings. Yep, that’s right, you will be fording Jacks River 42 times on 17 mile trek. We do this trip every year, and every year the river is different. In some places while crossing the river, you maybe feel a little intimidated by just how high the water can get. But in the summer months, the water level is very comfortable and a great way to cool off. There are plenty of awesome wilderness camping along the trail. But wait! There’s more. Once you get in the groove of crossing the river, you come across one of the largest waterfalls in all of Georgia. The Jacks River Falls. Located in the heart of the Cohutta Wilderness and in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Jacks River Falls encompasses the significance of a wilderness waterfall, as it’s the most powerful waterfall in the North Georgia backcountry.
  2. Tallulah Gorge State Park – (Day Hike) Considered one of Georgia’s “Seven Natural Wonders,” Tallulah Gorge is around two miles long and features quartzite cliffs up to 1,000 feet high. If you want an “Epic” adventure for the day, hike down to the floor of the Gorge and trek along the Sliding Rock Trail. It’s deep and the remote sections of the gorge floor that few get to see. It’s a difficult hike that requires a permit, but it’s well-worth the workout. What do you do once you get to sliding rock? Slide down the rock! Take a chilly, refreshing dip in the river and soak up some sunshine before the challenging climb back to the south rim. We spend the day there and have a blast. Bring a lunch and enjoy the sun and relax. After all that fun, get ready to put your legs to work. The steep climb up on the South side of the gorge will give you a awesome workout for the day.
  3. Sea Kayak Adventure – (Paddling) Dolphins, Sunsets, and remote beaches is the way to go down south in Little Tybee Island.  We do this every year, and it’s a spectacular trip. Enjoy your adventure in a Sea Kayak and explore a wilderness island that is completely undeveloped.  This two night, 3 day trip will challange you, but fill your heart with a beautiful peace of mind that you just can’t get anywhere but listing to the sounds of the Ocean. As you kayak to camp on Little Tybee Island, you might just have some visitors in the Ocean next to you. Dolphins regularly jump next to you and give you a little show. We camp on two secluded Islands and set camp up right on the beach. But don’t go to bed just yet. Watching the Full Moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean is always a highlight.
  4. Okefenokee Paddle Adventure – (Paddling) If you have ever wanted to see what is like to go back in time and paddle in the mirrored black waters of the Okefenokee Swamp.  Experience the canoe camping trip of a lifetime in the backcounrty wilderness of the Swamp interior. Visiting the Okefenokee Swamp Park instantly transports you into a prehistoric environment, populated by living dinosaurs – and alligators, as well as unique species of carnivorous plants, rare birds and the opportunity to learn more about the ancient Okefenokee cultures. Located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park is a convenient point of entry and a magnificent show-window for the “Land of the Trembling Earth.” The park’s lily-decked water trails, with their miraculously reflective waters mirroring the overhanging beauty, lead to all points in this vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forest and prairies. Spend 3 days and 3 nights and see the Full Moon while camping on top of platforms in the middle of the swamp.
  5. Whitewater Rafting on the Chattooga River – (Paddle, Backpacking) Designated by Congress as one of America’s “Wild and Scenic” rivers in 1974, the Chattooga River (where much of Deliverance was filmed) offers challenges for rafters of all skill levels. For extreme adventure lovers, there’s Section IV, where Class IV and V rushing whitewater speeds you down the river at a breakneck pace, climaxing with an invigorating plunge down the legendary Five Falls and Soc-em-Dog. But don’t stop there! Get out of your Kayaks, and hit the Chattooga River Trail and camp along the river. The Chattooga River is 37 miles long and intersects with the Bartram Trail and the Foothills Trail. The trail is rated moderate and with a stop at a epic waterfall, you can’t help but love this trail. Find a campsite along the river where you enjoy a little “beach front property” for a night.

All of these trips we do every year. If you are interested in joining us, shoot us an e-mail at adventures@fullmoonadventures.com and we can get you info on our schedule.

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