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Georgia whitewater, Chattooga River

Rabun GA Oconee SC county, Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV+(V)     5.2 miles
  If you're coming from Toccoa it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This section of Chattooga River in Rabun GA / Oconee SC County is 5.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater
    as a class II-IV+(V) section. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. There arenít any hotels
right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. 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. The beautiful scenery of Georgia and the water flowing gracefully down Chattooga River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There are good places to discover along the Bartram Trail, and Woodall Shoals is a fine place to spend some time. This place, the Blue Ridge Mountains, has so much outdoors entertaining stuff. Lots of people from Lakemont come to Chattooga River, and you can go for a hike on the Chattooga Trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure.

Chattooga River, Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp 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, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Brasstown Creek, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.8 miles long (Brasstown Road to Yonah Lake)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.75 miles long (Timber Bluff Road off US Route 76 to Chattooga River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugaloo)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Old Highway 441 to Tallulah Falls Lake)
Tiger Creek, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Lakemont to Tallulah River)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Highway 23 to Rickman Airfield Road)
Big Panther Creek, Habersham Stephens County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Old Highway 441 to dirt road by Panther Creek by Yonah Lake Road)
 Ski Areas Near Chattooga River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 12 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 55 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chattooga River:
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 8 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 8 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 12 miles away
LA Prade's Marina, Clarkesville , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Chattooga River:
Quality Inn & Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 7 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 8 miles away
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast And Wine Cellar, Clayton , 8 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Toccoa, Toccoa , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chattooga River:
Woodall Shoals, Mountain Rest, 2 miles away
Brasstown Falls, Long Creek, 4 miles away
Thrifts Ferry, Mountain Rest, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Chattooga River:
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 14 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 15 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chattooga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 55 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 6 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 10 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chattooga River:
Kingwood Golf Club & Resort, Clayton , 5 miles away
Rabun County Golf Club, Clayton , 8 miles away
The Orchard Golf And Country Club, Clarkesville , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Chattooga River
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 5 miles away
Stonecypher Lake, Stephens , 14 miles away
Lake Burton, Rabun , 15 miles away

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