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Georgia whitewater, Chattooga River

Rabun Oconee county, Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V(V+)     5 miles
  The Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge section of Chattooga River in Georgia is 5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Seneca, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít
    get lost. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.
Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Chattooga River. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beautiful scenery of Rabun/Oconee County and the cool fresh water beats anything. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford  
Bridge stretch is just one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Kings Creek Falls will fill your spirit with great feelings, and Ellicott Rock is an out of the ordinary place to explore while at Chattooga River. Be careful coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you might not ever wanna go back home again. Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests is a perfect place to go if you're at Chattooga River, and you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Scaly Mountain while you're here. This is such a wonderful river.

Chattooga River, Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge 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 Chattooga River.
 Whitewater Near Chattooga River:
Chattooga River, Oconee SC/ Rabun GA County, 1 miles away
      Class II-V - 11.3 miles long (Burrell's Ford to Highway 28 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun/Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge)
Chattooga River, Jackson/Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Bullpen Bridge to Burrell's Ford)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.46 miles long (Walhalla Fish Hatchery to Chattooga)
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Big Creek, Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Highway 28 to Overflow Creek)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
 Ski Areas Near Chattooga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 16 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 32 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 50 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chattooga River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Chattooga River:
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 6 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 6 miles away
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 7 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 7 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chattooga River:
Burrell's Ford, Cashiers, 1 miles away
Burrells Ford Campground, Oconee County, 1 miles away
Ammons Branch Campground, Macon County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Chattooga River:
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 1 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 4 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 4 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 5 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chattooga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 49 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 52 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chattooga River:
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 5 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Chattooga River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 9 miles away
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 14 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 15 miles away

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