Left photo credit: Cecil Sanders
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time: 10 – 2 pm
Leader(s): Becca Risser, SRWA Executive Director
Partners making it possible: Soque River Watershed Association
Location: Raper Creek, Soque Watershed, Habersham County
Join us for a walk in Raper Creek–really, IN the creek–to learn more about the Soque Watershed and the other precious rivers and streams in north Georgia. We will meet to park at North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) campus, then carpool ~20 min to the end of Raper Creek Rd (FS376). Once there we will walk a short distance in the stream and then spend the rest of our visit catching and learning about the creatures of the river–Crayfish, salamanders, and a whole lot of insects! We’ll discuss identification, what macroinvertebrates can teach us about water quality, and the critical importance of forests for stream health. Be prepared for wet feet and legs as we will be walking and standing in the stream for most of the time. We will return to our cars for a picnic lunch around noon. Afterwards, there will be an optional visit to Raper Creek Falls. The Falls is very close to the road, but the descent is steep and unimproved. Those who do not wish to scramble down and back up may continue back to their vehicles. This will not be a strenuous day, but it is recommended for those who are sure footed and comfortable in and around water. Children ages 8 and up are welcome. Waders, not boots, are necessary if you want to stay dry.
Meeting Place Directions:
Meet at 10:00 AM at the North Georgia Tech parking lot at the corner of Sutton Mill Rd and GA-19. Park at the Clegg Center, which has a parking lot right at the corner of GA-197 and Sutton Mill Rd. Look for “Soque Event” signs to indicate the location. From there, we will drive to Raper Creek Rd (FS376).
Distance and Difficulty:
This will be a short hike, less than 0.5 miles, but most of it will be in the stream, so be prepared for uneven surfaces. The water may get as much as thigh deep in places, so be prepared to get wet or wear waders. There will be an optional visit to Raper Creek Falls at the end. The falls is very close to the road, but down a steep slope.
What to Bring and Wear:
Prepare to get wet! Waterproof shoes or waders are a must. If you wish to borrow waders, please let us know your shoe size. A change of clothes, towel, and picnic lunch is recommended.
Cancellation: If Outing is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you via email by 6:00 pm on the evening before.
Pet Policy: No pets this time please
Participation Limit: 10