5 Exciting Places to Paddle Board in Georgia

January 19, 2023

In this article, we uncover the top 5 places to paddle board in Georgia!


Georgia is a state that offers a diverse range of natural beauty, and it’s no surprise that it is home to some of the best places to paddle board in the country. From tranquil lakes to scenic rivers, Georgia has something to offer for every paddle boarder. Here are the top 5 most exciting places to paddle board in Georgia.

Lake Lanier

Located in the northern part of the state, Lake Lanier is a man-made lake that offers some of the most stunning scenery in Georgia. Lush forests surround the lake, and with over 38,000 acres of water, it provides plenty of opportunities for exploration. And plenty of space to disconnect, breathe and reconnect to what matters – nature and your friends and family.

It’s also one of the most popular outdoor locations in the state of Georgia. This means that not only is it a great place to camp, stay, and SUP, but it’s also full of places to eat, additional attractions, and special events to enjoy. There are karaoke nights, special RV shows, and even jazz festivals. There’s something here for everyone.

But if your main attraction is SUP, paddling here, you can spot a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, beavers, and even eagles. Pretty neat!

For more information about where to stay and what to do at Lake Lanier, check out their visitor’s website here.

Lake Lanier paddle board in Georgia

Savannah River

The Savannah River is a beautiful and peaceful river that runs through the heart of Georgia. The river is surrounded by lush greenery, and the gentle current makes it an ideal spot for paddle boarding. As you paddle, you can spot alligators, turtles, and various fish.

And not only that, but it’s within close proximity to the city of Savannah – one of the most unique cities in all of the United States with its old-world architecture and reputation as being the most haunted city in the states.

After dropping in and paddling around on this vast waterway, you can check out River Street – a bustling, commercial district of Savannah known for its walkway, restaurants, and beautiful buildings that line the shores.

If your choice is to explore a large metropolitan area while you SUP, we suggest a sojourn down the Savannah River. Learn more about the city and the river walk by visiting their website.

Savannah river paddle board in Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee Swamp is a unique and beautiful place to paddle board in Georgia. The swamp is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators, bears, and even rare species of birds. But don’t be fooled by the name! Even though it’s a swamp, it’s a beautiful swamp. And a great place to paddle.

To truly experience the space, we recommend camping overnight. Though you will need to apply for permits before you go. But once you have those secured, you’re in for a treat. Especially if you’re an avid animal lover.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes the area, “The refuge provides habitat for threatened and endangered species, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake, and wood stork, along with a wide variety of other wildlife.  It is world-renowned for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health. More than 600 plant species have been identified on refuge lands.”

Combine a leisurely paddle on the calm waterways with plenty of animal spotting and you have the makings of a fantastic weekend. Just be sure to bring your bug spray in the summer months – it is a swamp after all!

For more information about camping services, check out recreation.gov.

Okefenokee Swamp paddle board in Georgia

Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun is a beautiful and serene lake located in the mountains of North Georgia. The lake is surrounded by lush forests and offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you have an idea of the perfect lake setting for SUP in your mind, it probably looks something like Lake Rabun.

The tree-lined shores and calm waters make for a great place to get some exercise while still having a ton of fun. While there might not be any significant characteristics of the lake worth mentioning, its charm lies in the fact that it’s reliable, beautiful, and fun.

For more information about the lake and where to stay, check out this website.

Jekyll Island

Are you a history buff? Want to explore a famous island while still enjoying SUP? Then a trip to Jekyll Island is a must!

Besides being one of the most beautiful places to visit in Georgia, Jekyll Island also has a dark history (depending on your opinion of course). What are we talking about? Jekyll Island is the place where various captains of industry, including J.P. Morgan, William K. Vanderbilt, Marshall Field, William Rockefeller (younger brother of John D.), John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Frank Henry Goodyear, P. Lorillard, congregated to create the Federal Reserve. And they also used it as a secluded vacation spot during time off.

The island itself features Rockefeller’s house built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground – and you can visit it! Sounds like an interesting place, doesn’t it?

But outside of the significance of this meeting place is an absolutely beautiful location to paddle board, sunbathe, and swim on the beach. In fact, it might be one of the most beautiful spots in all of Georgia. For his reason alone, we recommend a trip to Jekyll Island with your Atoll iSUP.

To start planning your own weekend getaway on Jekyll Island be sure to head here.


Georgia is a beautiful place to paddle board with your friends and family. If you’re looking for a warm weather location, outside of the busy state of Florida, we cannot recommend it enough. Of course, if you have any questions, or comments, or want. to get set up with your own Atoll iSUP, feel free to send us a message. Our inbox is always open. And until next time Atoll Family – be sure to adventure on!

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