Far From the Madding Crowd Tour
- Kayak One person max | maximum weight of 260lbs
- Tandem Kayaks 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 two hours and paddlers will be shuttled from the Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions headquarters at the Ocmulgee River Cabins. Total time including shuttles and paddling is 3.5-4 hours.
Private boats that have booked the FFtMC Shuttle are welcome to go down with the rental boats.