Welcome to the South River Water Trail
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
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.
The mission of the South River Water Trail (SRWT) is to encourage restoration and preservation of the South River; establish the River as a valued natural and community resource and refuge for native flora and fauna; and promote sustainable recreation and economic development, and community-wide environmental education and stewardship.
Within ten (10) years, the SRWT will become a nature and recreation destination in the region and South River will support its designated use of "swimmable" and "fishable."
SRWT PowerPoint Presentation
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