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Georgia whitewater, Darnell Creek

Rabun county, Roadside along Darnell Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(V+)     1 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Georgia is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This stretch of Darnell Creek in Georgia is 1 miles long and is a class III+(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Toccoa, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful
    scenery of Rabun County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you
come because it is a very popular destination. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is an extremely short stretch so you'd better be prepared  
to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Darnell Creek you hit upon the Gage Trail which is a nice hiking trail, and what would a site like Darnell Creek be without interesting close by marks like Sheep Cliff. You clearly must fancy the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bartram Trail is a fine hiking trail in the vicinity of Darnell Creek, and a great place like Tallulah Gorge State Park is too great to leave out. This river has so much to offer. People from Dillard love to come to Darnell Creek, and why not head up to Sky Valley and strap some skis to your feet.

Darnell Creek, Roadside along Darnell Creek Road 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 Darnell Creek.
 Whitewater Near Darnell Creek:
Darnell Creek, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 1 miles long (Roadside along Darnell Creek Road)
Middle Creek, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.3 miles long (North Carolina 106)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.75 miles long (Timber Bluff Road off US Route 76 to Chattooga River)
Warwoman Creek, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Highway 23 to Rickman Airfield Road)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 8 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, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Darnell Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 1 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 4 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 39 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 45 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Darnell Creek:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 5 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 10 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Darnell Creek:
Knights Inn Dillard, Dillard , 3 miles away
Mountain Valley Inn, Dillard , 3 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 5 miles away
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast And Wine Cellar, Clayton , 5 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Darnell Creek:
River Vista Mountain Village, Dillard, 3 miles away
Andy's Trout Farm, Dillard, 3 miles away
Blue Ridge Camp & Resort, Mountain City, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Darnell Creek:
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 9 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Darnell Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 44 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 66 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 5 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 13 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Darnell Creek:
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 3 miles away
Kingwood Golf Club & Resort, Clayton , 6 miles away
Rabun County Golf Club, Clayton , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Darnell Creek
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 11 miles away
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 15 miles away
Lake Burton, Rabun , 16 miles away

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