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Georgia whitewater, Big Sandy Creek

Butts county, Chief McIntosh Lake to GA 42 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     0.51 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Macon, as you can see on the road map further down. The Chief McIntosh Lake to GA 42 stretch of Big Sandy Creek in Butts County is 0.51 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Georgia and the water flowing gracefully down Big Sandy Creek beats anything. The campgrounds here at Big Sandy Creek are pretty good. Getting your paddling
    muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd
better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. This is an extremely short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like High Falls State
 
Park are perfect to visit, and Big Sandy Creek is not far at all from Flovilla. Take a hike on the Kinnard Horse Trail, and Indian Springs State Park is a delightful place to stretch your legs a bit. This river has so much to offer. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Ocmulgee River Trail. Big Sandy Creek is a wet place that gets a great deal of rainfall. Of all the months in a year March is the one with the most rain; October is the month with the least moisture. At Big Sandy Creek throughout the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's with night lows in the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 50's, and after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Big Sandy Creek dip into the 30's.

Big Sandy Creek, Chief McIntosh Lake to GA 42 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Sandy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Sandy Creek:
Big Sandy Creek, Butts County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.51 miles long (Chief McIntosh Lake to GA 42)
Towaliga River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III+(V) - 2 miles long (High Falls)
Little Towaliga River, Monroe County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (Rocky Creek Road to Higgins Mill Road)
Alcovy River, Newton County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (Factory Shoals)
South River, Newton/Henry County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 0.5 miles long (GA 81 to Snapping Shoals Creek)
 Marinas Near Big Sandy Creek:
Martin's Marina, Monticello , 7 miles away
Sandy's Highway 36 Marina, Jackson , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sandy Creek:
Days Inn Jackson, Jackson , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Forsyth, Forsyth , 11 miles away
Rodeway Inn Forsyth, Forsyth , 11 miles away
Econo Lodge Forsyth, Forsyth , 12 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Forsyth, Forsyth , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sandy Creek:
Indian Springs State Park, Flovilla, 0 miles away
High Falls State Park - River Camp Ground, Jackson, 7 miles away
High Falls State Park - Lakeside Camp Ground, Jackson, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sandy Creek:
Ocmulgee River Trail, Jasper , 8 miles away
Kinnard Horse Trail, Jasper , 9 miles away
Allison Lake Wildlife Trail, Jones , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sandy Creek:
Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon - GA , 35 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 51 miles away
Indian Springs State Park, Georgia , 1 miles away
High Falls State Park, Georgia , 8 miles away
Oconee National Forest, Georgia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sandy Creek:
Hickory Hill Golf Club, Jackson , 5 miles away
Forsyth Golf Club, Forsyth , 12 miles away
Georgia National Golf Club, Mcdonough , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sandy Creek
Jackson Lake, Butts , 7 miles away
High Falls Lake, Monroe , 8 miles away

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