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Georgia whitewater, Amicalola Creek

Dawson county, Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     9.75 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The scenic beauty of Dawson County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River stretch of Amicalola Creek in Georgia is 9.75 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Some people
    prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The
nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There's camping available near Amicalola Creek. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Brookshire Creek Trail is delightful fun, and Amicalola Falls and
 
Lodge State Park is a magnificent site. Amicalola Creek is not far at all from Marble Hill. For the period of the days of summer highs here at Amicalola Creek get into the 80's. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Amicalola Creek. A great deal of rain falls at Amicalola Creek. March is the month that gets the most rain; October is when it's the driest.

Amicalola Creek, Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Amicalola Creek.
 Whitewater Near Amicalola Creek:
Amicalola Creek, Dawson County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.75 miles long (Highway 53 to Kelly Bridge/Etowah River)
Amicalola Creek, Dawson County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.75 miles long (Goshen Church Road to Highway 53)
Settingdown Creek, Forsythe County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.3 miles long (Pooles Mill to GA Route 369)
Etowah River, Lumpkin/ Dawson County, 13 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 13.3 miles long (US 19 to Highway 136)
Long Swamp Creek, Pickens County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.8 miles long (Grandview Road to Cove Road Close to Jasper)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Above Hightower Road)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Hightower Road to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 17 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (US 19 North of Dahlonega to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (US 19 to Chestatee River)
Clear Creek, Gilmer County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River)
 Ski Areas Near Amicalola Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 68 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 87 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Amicalola Creek:
Bald Ridge Marina, Cumming , 13 miles away
Gainesville Marina, Gainesville , 18 miles away
Lanier Harbor Marina, Buford , 19 miles away
Waterfront Lanier Harbor, Buford , 19 miles away
Holiday On Lake Lanier, Buford , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Amicalola Creek:
Dawson Village Inn, Dawsonville , 12 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Dawsonville, Dawsonville , 12 miles away
Super 8 Dawsonville, Dawsonville , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ATLANTA-CUMMING, Cumming , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Cumming GA, Cumming , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Amicalola Creek:
Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area - Atlanta Tract Horse Camp, Dawsonville, 5 miles away
Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area - Amicalola, Marble Hill, 5 miles away
Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area - Wildcat Creek, Marble Hill, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Amicalola Creek:
Brookshire Creek Trail, Monroe , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Amicalola Creek:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 25 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 10 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 29 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Amicalola Creek:
Crystal Falls Lake & Golf Club, Dawsonville , 2 miles away
Grey Hawk Ridge Golf Club, Cumming , 6 miles away
Golf Club Villas Of Big Canoe, Jasper , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Amicalola Creek
Lake Petit, Pickens , 7 miles away
Lake Sidney Lanier, Forsyth , 16 miles away

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