This post is a bit belated, but I wanted to share it anyway. Better late than never, right?
A bit of a disclaimer: The first half of these pictures are from my brother- and sister-in-law’s GoPro camera!
We Kirbo sibs (aka Wheat, his two brothers, Carlyle and Parks, Carlyle’s wife Sloane, and I) paddled down Spring Creek just outside of Bainbridge a few weeks ago (was this really back in May?) and as it was my first time experiencing this gem, I wanted to shout it from the mountain tops that this is yet another reason why living in Bainbridge is pretty great. This is an amazing trip! It’s about an 8 mile (downstream the entire time) paddle that can take you about 2 to 3 hours if you paddle constantly without stopping, or an all day affair if you pack a lunch, stop to see the sights, and take your time (we chose the latter option).
To do the trip we did, you’ll want to put in at the landing in Brinson. See the map and address below:
You’ll either have to leave your vehicles ahead of time at Smith Landing (where you’ll take out) or have someone pick you and your kayaks/canoes/paddleboards/etc. up there. Again, see the map and address below:
Now that the logistics are out of the way, let me show you why you should come to Bainbridge and paddle Spring Creek!
Most of the Creek is wooded, secluded, quiet, and serene. And yes, I paddle boarded the entire way. It’s downstream the entire time, so it’s not too bad – but it was definitely a pretty intense workout! I will probably get a kayak down the road at some point, but until then, paddle boarding is too much fun. :)
So obviously, based on the name, there are multiple large springs (aka blue holes) along the creek. However, unfortunately for us regular folks, most of them are on private property. I don’t condone entering those! But there is one spring that, although privately owned, boaters are allowed in to. You’ll probably see people coming and going from it – it will be on your right side toward the end of your paddle. I can’t really tell you how to find it other than that! Just keep your eyes peeled, because you sure don’t want to miss it!
All right, now for my not quite as great iPhone pictures: