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Wild Horses and Seashores - A Warm Winter Break Sea Kayak Adventure

Sat, Dec. 15 - Fri, Dec. 21 - 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Cumberland Island National Seashore

Spend your days paddling a protected island off the GA coast and nights under a maritime forest canopy.

Must be able to swim and have paddled a kayak before. Learn to paddle for free every Wednesday during the weekly kayak pool sessions. 

Register by: Friday, Dec. 5th, 2018

$237. Includes all equipment, instruction, food, camping, and transportation. Payment plan available.

Cumberland Island National Seashore St. Mary’s, GA


“Do you see them!? Did you see that!?” Kelly exclaims, nearly jumping up and down inside her sea kayak. “There are 2 dolphins over there! I’ve never seen them before. That’s so cool.”

Your group gathers up, cameras out, quieting down to watch them hunt for dinner. 

“This is, like, the coolest thing ever,” says James quietly, watching one of the dolphins spring through the water, leaving a small wake.


An undeveloped island in the National Park System, Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to wild horses and crazy raccoons.

Camp underneath a maritime forest of live oak (that’s an actual tree) covered in Spanish moss (which is related to the pineapple!) and mix the remaining days of exploring by kayak and by foot. The maritime forest has some of the best trees for hammocks.

Via sea kayak (a 13 to 15 foot long kayak) explore a scenic and protected Georgia seashore, set up camp at Crooked River State Park on the first night. Over the next several days we’ll explore the estuary around Crooked River and spend 1-2 nights camping on Cumberland Island itself before camping again at Crooked River.

Each day is a little different. The first day of paddling, learn the ins and outs of paddling as you paddle the protected waters of crooked river. As you and the group get comfortable in a boat, paddle in search of cool things to see, like dolphins, herons, like oaks, and heck, maybe a submarine (the Navy base is nearby).

When you came on Cumber Island, explore the ruins of the Dungeness mansion (see photos below), dating from 1736 with a long history in various wars (1812, Civil War) and famous owners.











Stafford camping outdoor



About the Camping & Staff

Camping at Crooked River is fairly comfortable but rustic. You are outside during the entire trip; there are no cabins or hotels during this trip.

You’ll share a 3 person tent with a new or old friend and have access to showers and toilets.  When we camp on Cumberland Island (for either 1 or 2 nights, conditions depending), camp away from modern luxury (except for toilets, there are pit toilets on the island).

Our full-time professional staff member (Brad) and our GA (Josh) teach you everything you want to know about sea kayakng, camping, and cooking amazing camp meals.


Pre-trip Meeting
There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting Monday, December 10th at 5:30pm for an hour to discuss equipment, food, logistics, answer questions, and meet your new friends.


This course is for you if you want
get away from civilization
spend days paddling in the ocean and nights in a tent
see wild horses on a remote island


This course is not for you
have never paddled a kayak (but you can get the experience before during our weekly (free) kayak pool sessions)
do not like camping
cannot swim with a life jacket on





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Have a question? 
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email, or send us a direct message via Facebook Page.

How to register for a trip
Sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area; you can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card.

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction. On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00am

Cumberland Island National Seashore Plum Orchard Dr, St Marys, GA 31558

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