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Georgia Rivers

For more on Georgia rivers, see the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Rivers have always played a vital role in the history and development of Georgia, and continue today to be major sources of drinking water, navigation, and recreation. Altogether, Georgia has close to twenty thousands miles of rivers and streams, which often define county lines and the state borders. Georgia rivers come in different types, from the whitewater rivers of the northeast Georgia mountains, to the rivers serving Georgia’s burgeoning piedmont region, to the wider, slower-moving, larger rivers of Georgia’s coastal plain. A look at any historical map of Georgia will show the importance of the rivers to the growth of Georgia, as cities developed along the fall line (the area where the coastal plain meets the piedmont). Across the state - from Augusta to Milledgeville to Macon to Columbus - cities developed based on navigable Georgia rivers. Rivers also help form many of Georgia’s boundaries with neighboring states, especially South Carolina and Alabama.

GeorgiaInfo has pages on all of the major Georgia rivers, including a map showing their courses outlined in blue. A brief textual description of the rivers’ origins, courses, tributary status, and ultimate destinations is also included. For many of the rivers, we also have photographs. For those wanting more information, a list of informational links on each river concludes each page.

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Map of Georgia Showing Major Rivers
Source: Reid McCallister