Kayaking and Hiking at Crooked River State Park

Sat-Sun, March 2-3, Kayaking and Hiking at Crooked River State Park: We will kayak Saturday morning at 11:30 am to catch the tides (both coming and going) to Harriett’s Bluff, a 6.3 mile round-trip.  Sunday morning we will kayak at 9:30 am to Cherry Point, a 4 mile round-trip.  This should take us 3-4 hours.  Meet at the Crooked River State Park [masked]) boat ramp at 10:30 am on Saturday and/or 8:30 am on Sunday.

Due to the area we will be kayaking from, I strongly recommend the use of a touring style kayak (sit-in for flat water) because of strong tide currents. The degree of difficulty can be moderate to hard depending on your skill level and keeping up with the group.  Tides come into play so we must stick to a time table or suffer “the wrath of the tides.”  There are 4 miles of nature trails with great scenery and wildlife so bring water/bug spray/snacks for a stop-over break on the paddling trip.

 

Kayaks can be rented by the day or for both days.  You can contact Up the Creek Xpeditions at[masked] or[masked]-4327.  Cost is $40 a day ($80 for 2 days), plus a $10 fee for drop- off and pick-up.  There is high demand for kayak rentals in March, so please call to reserve ASAP.  If no kayaks are available, you can rent locally in Jacksonville and transport the kayak yourself.

 

Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558 is approximately an hour north of Jacksonville.  From I-95 North take Exit 1, turn right (east) on St. Marys Road (toward Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay), turn left (north) onto Charlie Smith Sr Hwy.  Once you pass the A BIG WHEEL RV PARK you will come to a split in road, take a right on still Charlie Smith Sr Hwy for .3 mile then turn at 1st right, go 470 ft turn right, go .6 mile then turn left into park.

 

Trip Leader: Vic [masked] corralesvictor69 ‘at’ yahoo.com

 

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  • Casey

    Fun!

    March 2, 2013

  • vic c.

    Well we survived, it was Julie,Casey and crazy me and it was like a wind tunnel with washer machine action

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • vic c.

    Ok whoever is kayaking, I am allready at the park, I'm at Brenda's cabin, cabin #1 then after kayaking some hiking

    March 2, 2013

  • Casey

    What time do you think we'd make it back after kayaking on Saturday?

    February 28, 2013

    • vic c.

      We should be done by 3pm

      March 1, 2013

    • Casey

      Perfect! Looking forward to it!

      March 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Hate to miss another St. Marys kayak trip but I have a scheduling conflict again. Have fun

    March 1, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Sorry Victor, the stitches from my procedure prevent me from any lifting so I am going to take it easy this weekend. Have fun and I'll see you soon.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join for this but I have to work Saturday. Maybe next time!

    March 1, 2013

  • vic c.

    ok last chance on renting a kayak ,please call me if you need one and also some of us are going up late friday and staying with Brenda who has reserved a cabin for the weekend

    February 28, 2013

  • vic c.

    Ok folks who ever needs a kayak I got a hold of Pete with Up the creek expeditions in Georgia and he can rent a few kayaks for this weekend, just need an accurate count and possibly call him to reserve with credit card. It's 40 a day or 50 for tandem plus a $10 / kayak for dropoff and pickup from crooked river. Please call me if you need a kayak for either saturday or sundaya paddle or for both days

    February 26, 2013

  • kathy g.

    Looking forward to a great weekend,

    February 26, 2013

  • Kim

    Oh - - -just saw it's too far for me anyway. Looking forward to joining an activity at some point though!

    February 23, 2013

  • Kim

    Would love to try this but wondering how difficult it will be . . . . . I am moderately active (do Bikram's yoga six days a week) and bike a bit too. . . . but moderate to hard. . . . I don't want to lag behind the group. Better wait for another easier start with kayaking? I have kayaked before for approximately three hours but leisurely.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sharon J

    Never kayaked, so maybe i need to wait until there's as smoother river. :(

    February 21, 2013

  • Marta D.

    Hey Vic, not seeing the hiking info listed on either day

    February 21, 2013

  • Trish

    Sunday only

    February 21, 2013

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