Georgia's Golden Isles and Little Amazon Adventure
Okefenokee Swamp, Cumberland Island, and Altamaha River
Join us on an unforgettable tour of Southeast Georgia. Experience Georgia’s famed Golden Isles, breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, hike with wild horses on Cumberland Island and tour the miraculously reflective waters and wilderness of the Okefenokee Swamp. We are pleased to do this trip in partnership with Chattahoochee Nature Center.
For standard meeting places and times, see Dates & Fees tab.
DAY 1: Meet your group and make your way to Amelia Island, your home base for the next few nights. With quaint shops, great nightlife and close proximity to the beach, your central location in Fernandina Beach is near everything!
DAY 2: Wake up to an unforgettable sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from your accommodation. After a hearty breakfast, travel by van to the Okefenokee Swamp. This National Wildlife Refuge covers nearly a half millions acres with idyllic water trails, unique flora and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Meet a local specialist for an educational day on the water by motorboat. Enjoy lunch together in the swamp and venture back to Amelia Island in the evening where you will share dinner as a group.
DAY 3: Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before taking a ferry to Cumberland Island. Explore the sandy beaches and hike or bike miles of protected wilderness with a local guide. Enjoy lunch along the sea amongst untouched maritime forests, undiscovered beaches and vast marshland that hide enchanting stories of both man and nature. If you’re lucky, you may encounter some of the island’s wild horses. In early evening, you will make your way back to Amelia Island for dinner and relaxation after a full day of adventure.
DAY 4: Share your last morning meal together on Amelia Island before departing for the wild Altamaha River. Known as Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” this mighty river is home to the most biodiversity in the region. As a bird lover’s paradise and pristine waterway, this is an incredible day trip via motorboat or kayak. In the evening, check into your accommodations at The Lodge on Little St. Simons where we will enjoy dinner together as a group.
DAY 5: The day is yours to explore Little St. Simons Island’s miles of spectacular beaches and 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness. All activities including naturalist-led excursions and use of all recreation equipment are included. Our final dinner will be shared at the Lodge, exchanging stories from our day wandering the island.
DAY 6: Enjoy one last breakfast amidst Georgia’s Golden Isles before making the trip back to Jacksonville airport. Drop-offs can be made at a local hotel.
Travel, Terrain, Etc...
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Southeast Georgia offers a wide range of daily route options. Traveling will consist of short day hikes, touring in covered motor boats and optional additional recreational activities.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: No previous experience is needed to complete this trip. The group will travel in 15-passenger vans between destinations.
WEATHER: Temperatures between October and November can range from 43 F at night to 90 F during the day. Rainfall can vary, but you should expect at least a day of rain.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 10 to 12 participants, plus one to two Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We will sleep in a variety of lodges and motels at night. Typically there are 2-3 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip, you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee.
MEALS: All meals will be prepared for us. Meals will offer fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Vegetarian meals and other dietary needs are easy to accommodate. There will be plenty of snacks provided throughout each day. We'll enjoy happy hours together, but the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.A note about the itinerary: Our trips are real adventures in the outdoors. While we'll make every effort to follow the itinerary listed here, elements may change due to weather or reasons beyond our control.
Georgia is more biologically diverse than many Americans realize with abundant plant and animal life found in very few other places in the country. Here, the scenic seacoast, historic plantations, and geographical and cultural history will inspire the explorer spirit in all who travel to the area.
Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, this part of the country has dramatic seascapes and secluded beaches. Swamplands and coastal forests cover much of the interior providing a dynamic environment for biological life. The region is home to many wading birds, such as herons, egrets, ibises, cranes and bitterns, and an abundance of migratory species. While visiting the area, be sure to keep an eye out for amphibians and reptiles such as toads, frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes as well as the American alligator. While the region is a haven for many species, the forests of the region also provide critical habitat for Florida black bear.
Home to various Native American tribes for thousands of years, southeast Georgia has a long human history. Artifacts can still be found littered along riverbeds and age-old stories of fortresses, the Civil War, and sacred burial sites will fascinate even the most intrepid traveler.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Your 10% deposit is non-refundable. If you choose to cancel your trip:
For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior to start date — we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 6 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 1 week— no refunds will be issued.
For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior to start date— we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 12 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 2 weeks — no refunds will be issued.
In the rare event that WI cancels a trip, or we are unable to serve you, all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.
Under certain circumstances, such as death of a family member, change in health status, loss of employment, etc., we may make exceptions to our refund policies. Please let us know immediately if your plans change!
Can people of any age attend a trip?
Yes. Adults of all ages join our adult trips. In most circumstances children under 18 years of age are only allowed on family trips. We do not recommend many of our trips for infants or children under age 3. If you have young children, or if you have questions about which trips are most appropriate please call our office at 612-676-9400.
Does this trip have electricity for my CPAP machine, phone, camera or other electronic device?
Yes this trip has electricity. Please indicate on your registration form that you need electricity and we will be sure to accommodate your need to the best of our abilities. If this is an international trip please check if you need an international adapter for your electronics. You can find more information on international plug ins here: https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/
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Single Room Supplement
You can elect to guarantee a single room for the duration of the trip for $350 during the registration process.
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Travelodge Inn and Suites, Jacksonville, FL at 2:00 PM (local time)
End: Travelodge Inn and Suites, Jacksonville, FL at 10:00 AM (local time)
This trip begins at the Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville, FL at 2:00 PM. You will ride in a WI van throughout the trip and be returned to the Jacksonville International Airport by 10:00 AM on the last day of the trip. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip. Booking a flight? We recommend flying into Jacksonville by 1:00 PM on the first day of the trip, and flying out no earlier than 12:00 PM on the last day of the trip.