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Snorkel the Conasauga River


Conasauga River Snorkeling Trip

Why should you go:

Hands down, this is one of the coolest experiences you will ever have in Georgia (and considering the trips that we lead to the Okefenokee, Cumberland Island and down the Flint River - this is saying something).

Imagine walking up to a crystal clear mountain stream nestled in the protected forest of the Cohutta Wildreness. As you swim into the stream and your snorkel mask dips below the water, you will be amazed at the numerous and various species of fish hiding just below the surface. All told - 70 species of fish have been identified in this snorkeling hole over the years.

Thanks to the Conasauga River Alliance and the U.S. Forest Service for all that they do to protect this river.

Estimated travel time from Atlanta: 2 hours and 30 min. (30 min of that on gravel road).

Warning – you are headed into the Chattahoochee National Forest. This is a remote part of north Georgia and you will not have a cell phone signal. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car. There are bathrooms at the snorkel site.

What to take:

- Snorkel

- Mask

- Wetsuit (optional – but helps you stay warm, float and avoid bumps and scrapes).

- Pack a lunch or bring snacks. There are not any nearby food options.

- Bug spray for your time out of the water.

Other:

If you want to go with a group, check with the Georgia Conservancy, Keeping it Wild or Georgia Forest Watch because they offer the trip at least once a summer.

If you have a large group and would like to organize your own trip – contact Jim Herrig at jherrig@fs.fed.us - the cost is generally $20 per person.

What you will see:


This is a spectacular wildlife experience. You will be amazed by the number of fish you will see, their different sizes, shapes and colors.



Click here to download
the full guide to the fish of the Conasauga River. It is a LARGE document and will take several minutes to download.

Click here to download
a smaller brochure that highlights the snorkeling experience.

Click here to read a recap of the Georgia Conservancy's 2012 Consauga Snorkel

Directions:
  • Take 1-75 north to Highway 411 north near Cartersville.
  • Take 411 North all the way to Cisco, GA.
  • In Cisco, look for a large, rock church on the right side of the road (red gas station on your left).
  • Take Old Highway 2 into the Cohutta Wilderness area. (travel time: 30 - 45 min)
  • After several miles, Old Highway 2 will make a sharp right – stay straight on Old Chable Road.
  • Once you make it to a large steel bridge (with high railings) and the road dead ends – take a left.
  • After a mile, the parking area will be on your left on a sharp decline. Park and take the small dirt path on your left to the snorkel pool.