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Conasauga Snorkel


Conasauga Snorkel & Cohutta Adventure at Mulberry Gap Inn
Hosted by Doug Wright

On the weekend of June 17-19, the Georgia Conservancy, with the help and guidance of the Cherokee National Forest U.S. Forest Service and the fine folks at the Mulberry Gap Inn, will host its annual Conasauga River Snorkel and Cohutta Wilderness Adventure at the Mulberry Gap Inn. Guests may also register for just our Day Trip on Saturday, June 18. 

The headwaters of the Conasauga and Jack’s rivers originate within the Cohutta Wilderness, a federally-protected wilderness area located in the mountains of north Georgia and southeast Tennessee.  As a result, our snorkeling destination, located at the edge of the expansive Cohuttas, provides visitors with the chance to experience one of the most biologically-diverse sections of river in North America. The two remote mountain rivers offer wildlife miles of unspoiled sanctuary and are home to over 70 species of fish - twice as many than are found in the entire western United States. Some of these species are found nowhere else on Earth.

Though not attire usually associated with the mountains, participants don wetsuits, a mask and snorkel to catch a glimpse of these colorful, native fish, both large and small.

Watch this short video, produced by Freshwater Illustrated and filmed at the location of our snorkel, to get a glimpse of the underwater beauty you will experience!

A Deeper Creek - The Watchable Waters of Appalachia from Freshwaters Illustrated on Vimeo.

This is one of the most popular and awe-inspiring trips that the Conservancy hosts each year, and it has introduced hundreds of curious members, friends and volunteers to the wonders of the river. Overnight guests will stay at the fantastic Mulberry Gap Inn Mountain Bike Getaway and enjoy “self-guided” hikes in the Cohutta Wilderness on the Conasauga River Trail, as well as have access to Mulberry Gap's famous mountain bike trails that allow you to glide through the forest. Enjoy the camaraderie around the campfire at night!

We have reserved the entire Mulberry Gap Inn for the Georgia Conservancy for the weekend.

Thank you to the Mulberry Gap Inn for sponsoring this trip through a deeply discounted weekend visit!

This is a rain or shine trip. Even through rain will diminish the snorkeling experience, we cannot offer refunds. If there are torrential storms we will postpone the snorkeling trip to another weekend.

Price Breakdown

Prices include all accommodations listed below unless otherwise listed

Consauga Snorkel Day Trip: Saturday morning snorkel and hike on the Conasuaga River. Group meets at 9:30 AM at Cisco Baptist Church on Hwy. 411 north of Chatsworth. Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided. Please bring your own lunch.

  • $40 per person (includes naturalist guide, short hike, guided snorkel, wetsuit, mask and snorkel)

Conasauga Snorkel and Mulberry Gap Inn Weekend, June 17-19: includes 5 wholesome meals, guided snorkel, opportunity for self-guided Cohutta Wilderness hike and all accommodations below.

Camping: includes bathrooms, electricity, access to a shower house and access to “The Barn” activity room, hot tubs, and access to GC gear bank*

  • $100 per person
  • $325 per family of four (children under 18 years of age)

Cabins at Mulberry Gap Inn: includes overnight accommodations. All cabins come with pillows, bed linens, towels…and close proximity to the mountain hot tubs!

  • $175 per person - for double occupancy and sharing a room with a friend. Coming solo? We can match you with same gender guests! 
  • $250 per person - single occupancy

More cabins details here: Mulberry Gap Inn – Sleeping Cabins



Dates: June 17 - 19, 2016
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.
Overnight Accommodations:
  • Overnight reservations at Mulberry Gap Inn
  • 5 wholesome meals (four prepared by Mulberry Gap Inn and lunch on Saturday by GC)
  • Sunday snorkeling (wetsuit, mask, "viewing bucket" all included)
  • Dedicated day of “self-guided” hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness
  • SweetWater Brewing Company tasting
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
  • Café Campesino Coffee
  • *Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy free of charge thanks to our REI Sponsorship.
Capacity: *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.
Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Manager
Hosts: Doug Wright
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday
Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: basic camping skills, snorkeling basics, river ecology, Conasuaga River history, basic fire-building principles, beginner mountain biking skills, flora and fauna identification, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals
Challenge level/difficulty/fitness required: All participants must have basic swimming skills and be capable of self-rescue in the water. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to the Conasauga River. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancelations.
What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:
  • Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our Membership Director and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list!
  • Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips: this email will be sent by Bryan Schroeder or Ben Fowler (The Stewardship Trips Team) welcoming you to the specific trip and we may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people (ex. names of individuals, rental gear needs, dietary restrictions, etc.)
  • 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, ect.)
  • 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.
Check out our photos from the 2015 Conasauga River Snorkel


Throughout our nearly 50-year history, we have relied on our members for support. It is thanks to this support that we have accomplished goals such as protecting Sweetwater Creek State Park, Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and thousands of acres of private forests, fields and wetlands, efforts that have helped shape Georgia as we know it. Become a member of the Georgia Conservancy today!

Contact Stewardship Coordinator, Ben Fowler, at or (404) 876-2900 ext. 111 anytime for questions or details concerning trips or planning your own adventures around Georgia.