Freshwater. Mountain. Snorkeling. Yes, you read that correctly and no, we haven't lost are minds!
On July 12-14, the Georgia Conservancy, with the help and guidance of the Cherokee National Forest of the US Forest Service, will host its annual Conasauga River Snorkeling Adventure. And this year, we've extended the trip to an optional overnight adventure with camping at Lake Conasauga!
You can register for our day trip on Saturday, July 13th or our weekend trip July 12-14th.
Each trip includes a freshwater mountain snorkeling session!
Snorkeling only day trip on Saturday, July 13th: $30 per person, $100 for a family of four (includes a Saturday snorkel, wetsuit, mask, "viewing bucket" and lunch by the river).
Snorkeling and Weekend Campout, July 12-14th: $100 per person, $150 per couple, $325 for a family of four (includes a Sunday snorkel, guided hike through Cohutta Wilderness, evening activities, one campsite at Conasauga Lake, 5 wholesome meals, access to Georgia Conservancy's complementary gear bank of REI tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads).
Campers will partake in the guided snorkel and explore the headwaters of the Conasauga on a guided hike through the Cohutta Wilderness. The Georgia Conservancy has tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads available for campers to rent free of charge and will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for camping guests.
For "day snorkelers" registration includes lunch and a guided snorkel (wetsuit and snorkel provided). Day snorkelers will meet at Cisco Baptist Church at 9:45 a.m.
One of the most popular and awe-inspiring trips that the Conservancy hosts each year, the Conasauga River Snorkel has introduced hundreds of curious members, friends and volunteers to the wonders of the river.
The headwaters of the Conasauga and Jack’s rivers originate within the Cohutta Wilderness, a federally-protected wilderness area located in the mountains of north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. As a result, our snorkeling destination, located at the edge of the expansive Cohuttas, provides visitors with the chance to experience one of the most biologically diverse sections of river in North America.
The two remote mountain rivers offer wildlife miles of unspoiled sanctuary and are home to over 70 species of fish - twice as many than are found in the entire western United States. Some of these species are found nowhere else on Earth.
Though not attire usually associated with the mountains, participants don wetsuits, a mask and snorkel to catch a glimpse of these colorful, native fish, both large and small.
About Lake Conasauga:
Finished in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps on the southwestern edge of the remote Cohutta Wilderness, the 19-acre spring-fed Lake Conasauga is Georgia's highest and one of its most beautiful mountain lakes. The lake and its campgrounds will be location of the Friday and Saturday evening campout.
A contingent of Georgia Conservancy campers will meet in Chatsworth on Friday evening and carpool into Lake Conasauga (as the drive alone can seem treacherous if it is your first time in the Cohuttas).
Note: This is a rain or shine trip. Even through rain will diminish the snorkeling experience, we cannot offer refunds.