Altamaha River Canoe Trail (GA)
Waterway: Altamaha River
Trail Length: 138 miles
Beginning: Lumber City, GA
The Altamaha Canoe Trail offers 138 miles of trail, originating near Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. On the canoe trail, you will float past numerous Wildlife Management Areas and state Natural Areas, tidal swamps, and rich bottomland forests.
Winding for 138 miles, the great Altamaha is a wetland wilderness. Crossed only five times by roads and twice by rail lines, the Altamaha's natural beauty is largely undisturbed. The soils, plants and trees of its floodplain filter and extract chemicals and pollutants, while the banks of the river, accentuated by a multitude of creeks, sloughs and oxbow lakes, are refuges for alligators, wood ducks and wild turkey.
The Altamaha River has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 "Last Great Places" in the world. At least 125 species of rare or endangered plants and animals exist along the Altamaha River. Birds such as the bald eagle and swallow-tailed kite, soar above its banks. The shortnose sturgeon and the manatee swim through the Altamaha's lazy meanders. The gopher tortoise and the eastern indigo snake coexist among its sand ridges, and the sandbars and sloughs are home to seven species of pearly mussels that live nowhere else in the world.
Just over 100 miles long, the Altamaha River is formed by the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers just east of Lumber City. Critical habitat is found here for bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites and red-cockaded woodpeckers. The waterway is flush with wildlife, and not the first man-made dam. Boat ramps and landings facilities are located in each county as well as a range of services from bait and tackle shops to picnic areas and marked hiking trails.