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Georgia whitewater, Etowah River

Lumpkin county, Above Hightower Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+     2 miles
  The wonderful Lumpkin County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section of Etowah River in Lumpkin County is 2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV+ section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. 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. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Above Hightower Road stretch is just one of many. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful.
If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out  
with mother nature are great reasons to come. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Gainesville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Suches come to Etowah River, and the beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Black Falls. All year is a delightful time in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you go for the outdoors. Places like Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park are great to pop by, and hiking along the Benton Mackaye Trail is good fun. This is such a wonderful river.

Etowah River, Above Hightower 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 Etowah River.
 Whitewater Near Etowah River:
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Above Hightower Road)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Hightower Road to US 19)
Etowah River, Lumpkin/ Dawson County, 5 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 13.3 miles long (US 19 to Highway 136)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 7 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (US 19 North of Dahlonega to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (US 19 to Chestatee River)
Toccoa River, Fannin County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13.5 miles long (Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms)
Cooper Creek, Fannin County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.2 miles long (USFS Route 33 to Mulky Creek Camp)
Blood Mountain Creek, Lumpkin County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 1 miles long (to Dicks Creek)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Waters Creek Campground to Turners Corner)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 0.75 miles long (WMA Gate to Waters Creek Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Etowah River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 55 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Etowah River:
Nottely Marina, Blairsville , 18 miles away
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 18 miles away
Gainesville Marina, Gainesville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Etowah River:
Long Mountain Lodge, Dahlonega , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 8 miles away
The Smith House Historic Hotels Of America, Dahlonega , 8 miles away
Park Place Hotel, Dahlonega , 8 miles away
Days Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Etowah River:
FSR-80, Suches, 1 miles away
Hightower, Suches, 3 miles away
Etowah River Campground, Dahlonega, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Etowah River:
Black Mountain Trail, Union , 7 miles away
Benton Mackaye Trail, Fannin , 10 miles away
Duncan Ridge Trail, Union , 12 miles away
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 14 miles away
Coosa Backcountry Trail, Union , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Etowah River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 39 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 11 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Etowah River:
Gold Creek Golf Course, Dawsonville , 9 miles away
Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, Dahlonega , 10 miles away
Trader Golf Of North Georgia, Dawsonville , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Etowah River
Lake Petit, Pickens , 16 miles away
Lake Qualatchee, White , 20 miles away

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