The Flint River is arguably Georgia's most beautiful river, and in terms of the terrain through which it flows on its 344-mile journey, there is not another Georgia river that exposes the river traveler to more diverse vistas. From the bottomland swamps in its headwaters, through soaring views of Pine Mountain and rapids in the Piedmont, to breathtakingly clear springs in the Coastal Plain, the Flint is filled with surprises at virtually every bend.
The Flint River User's Guide, the fourth in a series of Georgia River Network recreational guidebooks, is a portal to adventure on this spectacular river. The book brings to life the river's cultural and natural heritage while providing all the details needed to get out on the river and enjoy it via canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or motorized vessel.
Whether in your canoe, on the river, or on your couch at home, the Flint River User's Guide will immerse you in the story of the river, which also happens to be the story of those communities along its course – from the headwaters in the suburbs of metro Atlanta to the backwaters of Lake Seminole near the Florida state line.
Joe Cook serves as the advocacy and communication coordinator of the Coosa River Basin Initiative and coordinator of Georgia River Network's annual Paddle Georgia events. His photography has been widely published, and he is the author of Etowah River User's Guide, Chattahoochee River User's Guide, and Broad River User's Guide (all Georgia) and coauthor with Monica Cook of River Song: A Journey down the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers.
"Besides its natural beauty, Cook includes reams of information on history [about the Flint River]. Along the route people will pass a spot where President Franklin Roosevelt fished, the birthplace of Malcom X's father, a bridge named for Korean War hero Luther Story, and a former German prisoner of war camp, which is now the location of a beer brewery."
– Wayne Ford, Online Athens