Georgia currently has 15 established water trails and 17 more under construction. The state is hardly a lone voice when it comes to water trails. Rather, it’s riding a wave that’s sweeping the nation. Water trails have become so popular in the United States that there are more than 600 of them. Generally speaking, water trails are a network of landing and launching sites. The South River Water Trail (SRWT) is a regional collaboration of partners, proudly displayed on the SRWT homepage, to draw attention to the South River and make water recreation more popular by giving people better water access.
When complete, canoeist, kayakers and paddle board enthusiasts can paddle the river from DeKalb County to Jackson Lake. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area has dirt hiking trails and paved walking, running, and bicycle trails – and soon, the watery trail of the South River. Nationwide, there are only 49 national heritage areas; only two are in Georgia. Combined, the ecotourism draw offered by Arabia Mountain and the SRWT could be massive. The SRWT will not only serve as a positive contributor to local communities by providing economic stimulus, but also protecting natural resources that are important to the quality of life of residents who live along the river. By embracing the “Leave No Trace” code of outdoor ethics, SRWT will promote stewardship and the responsible use and enjoyment of the outdoors. Click for more information.