When my friend tried to kick off this week’s adventure by jumping into his canoe from the shore, the boat flipped and he ended up in the water – I knew I was going to have a good time. This week I wanted to take a look at doing something in the rivers and creeks around Rome and I decided to go canoeing at Cedar Creek Park. I had never been canoeing before, so I thought it would be a fun challenge.
I rented a canoe for myself and my friend who came with me. The rental fee was $30, and I felt it was reasonable. There were 6 other people going at the same time. The Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center has a shuttle that runs three times a day, 11 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, which takes you six miles up the Big Cedar Creek. They also transport the rented canoes and kayaks as well as any similar sized watercraft that you bring yourself. Big Cedar Creek is described as beginner’s level in difficulty which makes it perfect for the whole family. In fact, while we were there a family of four with kids as young as ten enjoyed the trip.
The trip is advertised as taking roughly 2 to 4 hours to finish and actual trip time for us was three. We were, however, the first in the group to complete the course. The creek has numerous “lazy river” stretches and tame rapids. It was relaxing in an exhausting way, like a hike. It’s a primarily upper body workout and getting wet from inevitably falling out does a good job of cooling you off.
Finally, the wildlife around you is wonderful. The foliage on the banks of the river was thick and lush. We saw several majestic Great Blue Herons, a lot of turtles sunning themselves, and fish in the shallows. In all, I loved my trip and would definitely do it again if I have the time and the company. You do not have to travel far to have an afternoon of peaceful, invigorating and relaxing fun! Take the whole family, a group of friends, or your special someone. It is a delightful way to cool off on a hot day!
Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center is located at 6770 Cave Spring Rd SW, between Rome and Cave Springs. You’ll also want to visit the town of Cave Spring to enjoy Rolater Park, and the downtown square for dining and antique shopping.