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Georgia whitewater, Cartecay River

Gilmer county, Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II+(III)     2.1 miles
 
We have Ellijay River Outfitters. We put in at Holt Bridge Rd. and offer a longer ride down the Cartecay River. Same takeout at Stegall falls. Our ride is about 2-3 miles further. Our website is www.tubeellijay.com Says Sandi Frady

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill
    Road Road section of Cartecay River in Georgia is 2.1 miles long and is a class I-II+(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Gilmer County and the water flowing gracefully down
Cartecay River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Calhoun it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem  
but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from East Ellijay here, and going for a hike on the Mountaintown Creek Trail is always a great adventure. A spree to Cartecay River wouldnít be complete without a spree to nearby Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park; there is a wonderful hiking trail close by called the Bear Creek Trail.

Cartecay River, Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cartecay River.
 Whitewater Near Cartecay River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountaintown Outdoor Expdtns, Gilmer County, 0 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 2.1 miles long (Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Stegall Mill Road to DNR)
Clear Creek, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (GA Route 52 to Lower Cartecay Road)
Coosawattee River, Gilmer County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (GA Route 5 to Carter's Lake)
Long Swamp Creek, Pickens County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.8 miles long (Grandview Road to Cove Road Close to Jasper)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (GA Route 282 to Ridgeway Park)
Talking Rock Creek, Pickens/Gilmer/Gordon/Murray County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (GA Highway 5 in Blaine to GA Highway 136)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Highway 52w to Highway 282w)
 Ski Areas Near Cartecay River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 76 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Cartecay River:
Carter's Lake Marina & Resort, Chatsworth , 16 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Cartecay River:
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 5 miles away
Woodbridge Inn, Jasper , 10 miles away
Seventy-four Ranch, Jasper , 10 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Jasper, Jasper , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cartecay River:
Diamond Lure Campground, Ellijay, 3 miles away
Nelly Plum Campground, Ellijay, 6 miles away
Plum Nelly Campground, Ellijay, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Cartecay River:
Bear Creek Trail, Gilmer , 15 miles away
Mountaintown Creek Trail, Gilmer , 15 miles away
Panther Creek Trail, Fannin , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cartecay River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 38 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 13 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 21 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cartecay River:
Big Canoe Golf Club, Big Canoe , 10 miles away
Crystal Falls Lake & Golf Club, Dawsonville , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Cartecay River
Lake Petit, Pickens , 13 miles away
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 14 miles away
Blue Ridge Lake, Fannin , 17 miles away

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