Past Meetup

Kayaking and Hiking the Georgia Sea Islands, Georgia


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Explore the Golden Isles and Okefenokee Swamp on a week- long Sierra Club PRO kayaking and hiking adventure of Georgia's beautiful Atlantic coast. As one of the best protected stretches of coastline in the nation, the Georgia Sea Islands are characterized by magnificent maritime forests draped in Spanish moss, barrier islands surrounded by teeming saltwater marshes, and an Atlantic shoreline that offers miles of pristine shoreline. The region is famous for its alligators, wild horses, and migrating birds. Offshore, dolphins and whales swim in the waters of the open Atlantic. Back from the coast waits the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp. One of the largest bald cypress swamps in the nation, the Okefenokee Swamp is one of the crown jewels of America's national wildlife refuge system. Our Sierra Club outing will be based out of Crooked River State Park. Located near the historic maritime village of St. Mary's, the park offers camping with full amenities. Each day we will leave camp to enjoy kayaking and hiking at the areas many parks and preserves. Highlights include kayaking at St. Simons Island, St. Mary's River, Altamaha River, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Hiking includes Jekyll Island and Crooked River state parks, and the magnificent Cumberland Island National Seashore. As the largest national seashore on the Atlantic coast, Cumberland Island is famous for its maritime oak forests, historic ruins, and miles of backcountry trails. On our return north, we will visit the beautiful antebellum city of Savannah. The outing is on a pay-as-you-go basis, with all participants being responsible for their own cost of camping, food, and travel. Bring your own kayak, or rent one form a local outfitter. To register for this event, go to the Sierra Club PRO Meet Up site at For further information, contact Glenn Gillis at 571/[masked], [masked].