WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Maybe this bridge was named for Earl Wetherington Foot,
since it has vehicular traffic.
Since I can’t find any mention of such a person,
maybe it was named for Earl Wetherington (1925-2013) and once upon a time was a foot bridge.
Anyway, it’s on Gornto Road in Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia,
over Sugar Creek, slightly upstream from the Withlacoochee River.
The Alapaha River is dry much of the year in most of its Florida run,
because it goes underground upstream and comes back up in the Alapaha Rise, which is actually upstream on the Suwannee River from the Alapaha Confluence.
The Cody Scarp causes this underground river phenomenon.
See also the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail.
On the north side of US 41, there’s good access from Val Del Road to the Withlacoochee River.
From US 41 (North Valdosta Road), turn north on Val Del Road,
and your next right is a turnoff to a gravelled road that bends sharply right into the woods, which leads back to the north side of US 41 and down to the Withlacoochee River.
It was a bit muddy in the rain this morning, but there were no big potholes,
and the river slope is easy access.
The river was high, 9.8 feet, but still well below the 15 foot flood level
US 41 Gage on this bridge.
The June WWALS outing is from Clyattville-Nankin Road to Horn Bridge on
Madison Highway (GA 31) on the Withlacoochee River.
Meet at the Clyattville-Nankin Road putin at 9AM, put in at 10AM, Saturday, 22 June 2013.
facebook event if you like.
See you there!
Update 20 June 2013:
How are we getting back to our vehicles with this trip?
We’ll deposit all the boats at
the put-in (Clyattville-Nankin Road), take most of the vehicles
down to the take-out (Horn Bridge on Madison Highway aka GA 31),
carpool in a few vehicles back to the put-in, and float down the river.
Tom Baird described this nine-mile two-hour trip as:
includes where Clyatt Mill Creek enters, a truly fun set of rapids (two
drops) at the Ga – Fla border, a very nice Second Magnitude Spring (that I
have yet to find the correct name), the remains of the enormous abandoned
trestle over the river of the Georgia & Florida Railroad,
or Ole God
Forsaken as it was nicknamed, the ghost town of Olympia on the Georgia side,
and several Indian quarry sites. It is along this section that the river
cuts deeply enough that the banks switch from sand banks to limerock cliffs.
Paddle distance is about 9 miles, so a little over two hours paddling time.
There are plenty of places to stop and look around.
There are shoals right at the state line, so beware, esp. if you’re in a canoe.
The book Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia, by Susanne Welander, Bob Sehlinger, and Don Otey (2004) says: Continue reading →