Tours Of Darien, GA & The Altamaha River

Swamp trees along the Altamaha River, Georgia.

The small city of Darien, near the mouth of the Altamaha River, is ideally situated for exploring the Georgia coast’s barrier islands and the network of river islands and creeks of the lower Altamaha.

Local tour companies offer a variety of guided kayak excursions in the area, mostly focused on the wildlife and scenery of the Altamaha River and the swamps and old rice fields of the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area.

For the most part, these are longer trips, but the shorter paddles (around three hours in length) should usually be suitable for people without much experience of the sport.

If you are looking for a shorter introduction to kayaking, several tours of around and hour and a half or so are available out of nearby St Simons Island.

See also:
St Simons Island kayak tours
St Simons Island paddleboard tours
Darien boat charters
St Simons Island boat tours and charters
Tours of Blackbeard and Sapelo Islands
Festivals and events in Darien

!Availability may vary by season, and tours may be changed or withdrawn without notice. Please check all details directly with the company or guide before planning your trip.

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Kayak Tours

Shorter Tours (3 Hours Or Less)

– Cathead Creek/Buffalo Swamp Natural Area, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
3hrs.
Kayak tour through tidal forest and the canals of abandoned rice fields. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Cathead Creek Loop, with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters
3hrs. Adults $85, children (12 and under) $75.
Kayak tour of the rice canals and cypress swamps at Cathead Creek, a tributary of the Altamaha River near Darien. Call 912-638-6732 or book online. Visit website

– Altamaha River, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
3hrs.
Kayak tour of the Altamaha River and tupelo swamp. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

Longer Tours (More Than 3 Hours)

– Lewis Island Natural Area, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
6hrs.
Kayak tour up the Altamaha River to the grove of old growth cypress at Lewis Island and an abandoned logging camp. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Altamaha River Delta, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
4hrs
Kayak tour from Butler Island into the Altamaha River delta. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Rifle Cut, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
4hrs.
Kayak tour of an abandoned canal dug by enslaved people in the 1820s to facilitate boat traffic to Darien. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Altamaha River Day Trip, with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters
4-6hrs.
Kayak tour of the Altamaha River or Cathead Creek. Call 912-638-6732 for information. Visit website

Multi-Day Trips

– Altamaha River Kayak Trip, with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters
2-5 days. From $295 per person.
Multi-day guided kayak exploration of the Altamaha River’s varied environments and wildlife, with camping and some hiking. Call 912-638-6732. Visit website

– The Altamaha River/Full Monty, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
Extended kayak tours of the Altamaha River and its tributaries, from day trips to multi-day or multi-week excursions. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Canoe Trip on the Altamaha River, with CanoeCanoe Outfitters
Day trips and multi-day canoe trips on the Altamaha River. Call 912-786-8732 for information. Visit website

– Stewardship Trip, with the Georgia Conservancy
Occasional scheduled group paddles on the Altamaha River and to other nearby paddling locations. Visit website

Rentals & Shuttles

– Kayak/Canoe Rental, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
Single kayak $35 per day, tandem kayak $60 per day. 2-person canoe $50 per day.
Single and tandem kayak and canoe rentals from Darien. Shuttles to local destinations available for an additional fee. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Paddle Trip Shuttle, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
Shuttles from Darien to several paddling destinations in the Darien area and along the Altamaha River. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

Other Darien Area Tours

Bike Tours

– Historic Downtown Bike Tour, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
$40 per person.
Tour of downtown Darien’s bike trails. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

– Old Rice Fields Bike Tour, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
$40 per person.
Bike tour of the rice fields near Darien, built by slaves and since reverted to nature. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Tours

– Harris Neck Bike Tour, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
Bike tour of Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, where you can see abundant birdlife and an abandoned World War II airfield. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

Bike Rental

– Bike Rental, with Altamaha Coastal Tours
$15 per day.
Bike rentals from Darien. Call 912-437-6010. Visit website

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