Peaceful Paddle in the Cypress Forest of George L Smith State Park - Sat, Mar 13 2021

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Peaceful Paddle in the Cypress Forest of George L Smith State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: George L Smith State Park, Twin City, GA   Water: Peaceful Paddle in the Cypress Forest of George L Smith State Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 13 2021  11:00 am >> Sat, Mar 13 2021 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 2 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 10 2021 12:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Rosemary P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join us for a beautiful, relaxed paddle on the cypress filled waters of George L Smith State Park in eastern GA. This event is rated exploratory as only one of your trip leaders has been here, and not in a very long time.  This paddle is part of the Park Paddlers club. 

The “pond” has 3 water trails: the more primitive but potentially more difficult to navigate Blue trail, the Yellow trail along a developed shoreline, or a Red Trail that goes straight up the middle. The trip leaders reserve the right to meander between trees and trails and choose the way when we arrive, based on everyone’s experience and comfort level and the water as we find it.  This is a flat-water paddle and is fine for beginners.  There is a possibility of alligators so no dogs will be allowed on this paddle.  We will begin paddling at 11am and will have lunch in our boats on the water. 

George L Smith State Park is not currently renting kayaks.  The park is 3 hrs away from Atlanta, but due to COVID we will have no official carpool.  There are accommodations at the park including camping and cottage rentals that you are welcome to take advantage of, but are not part of the event.

Please have a mask available to wear at any time maintaining a 6’ distance is not possible. Bring $5 cash for parking, or a State Park Pass. Tip: you can often check out State Park Passes from your local library!

Required Items to Bring:



Non-disposable containers (tupperware, etc.) for food/beverages

$5 for parking, or a State Park Pass

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Bug Spray



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Follow GPS Directions to: 371 George L Smith State Park Rd, Twin City, GA 30471

We will launch from the boat ramp at the southernmost part of the lake, near the park office and the Mill Museum.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

No cost to attend/participate but parking is $5 unless you have a State Park Pass, so plan accordingly and/or bring cash.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

This event will be rain or shine unless severe thunderstorms are likely. If you sign up for the event, but then determine that you are unable to attend after all, please remove yourself as soon as possible to allow others to participate instead. If the deadline for registration has passed, let one or both of your Trip Leaders know and we can remove you ourselves.

As always, if you register and then fail to show up at all, you will be marked a "No Show." No partial attendance will be possible since we will be paddling different areas of the lake and trails in no particular order. Therefore, if you are not there to join us at the beginning of the event, you will also be considered a "No Show," even if you show up afterwards.