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Far From the Madding Crowd Tour

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What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Snacks/lunch
  • Sandals, Water shoes, or a pair of old sneakers (no flip-flops, please)
  • Towel (but you can leave that in your car)
Kayak (Single) One person max | maximum weight of 260lbs
Tandem Kayak (Double) Two Person Max | Maximum weight of 400lbs

Unspoiled and Uncrowded Ocmulgee

Winding through a wooded corridor, the Upper Ocmulgee is home to bald eagles, blue herons, and slider turtles. Very little signs remain of the many mills that harnessed the river’s energy in the 19th century or the numerous ferries that crossed it. This area is known as Seven Islands and two of the oldest roads in America, the Seven Islands Indian Trail and the Seven Islands Stagecoach Route converge in Jasper County and cross the Ocmulgee at Smith Mill Road.

OOE is offering the chance to explore a 4 mile stretch of the Seven Islands area that winds through a forest of pines, oaks, hickory, willows, magnolia and sweet gum trees. The Ocmulgee winds around islands and alternates between calm, verdant stretches and Class 1 shoals. This section has a very different feel than the more heavily used sections between Popes Ferry and Spring Street and offers the paddler a sense of joyful isolation and peace not found elsewhere.

Trip time on the water is approximately 2-2.5 hours and paddlers will be shuttled back to Lloyd Shoals Boat Ramp at the end of the trip. Total time including shuttle and paddling is 3-3.5 hours. Shuttle from and returning to the Towaliga River Retreat is available by special arrangement, just call to discuss details.

Private boats that have booked the FFtMC Shuttle are welcome to go down with the rental boats.