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Georgia whitewater, Etowah River

Lumpkin county, Hightower Road to US 19 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     10.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Gainesville, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Etowah River is 10.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II(III) section of whitewater. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The natural beauty of Lumpkin County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The
    Hightower Road to US 19 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. You might be
into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There's camping available near  
Etowah River. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Black Mountain Trail, and at Etowah River you always meet someone from Dahlonega. Life's too short to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While you're here at Etowah River you can take a hike along the Benton Mackaye Trail. Everybody loves Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park. Throughout the warm months here at Etowah River, high temperatures regularly get into the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Etowah River, Hightower Road to US 19 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, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Hightower Road to US 19)
Etowah River, Lumpkin/ Dawson County, 2 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 13.3 miles long (US 19 to Highway 136)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Above Hightower Road)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (US 19 North of Dahlonega to US 19)
Yahoola Creek, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 6 miles long (US 19 to Chestatee River)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Waters Creek Campground to Turners Corner)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 0.75 miles long (WMA Gate to Waters Creek Campground)
Toccoa River, Fannin County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13.5 miles long (Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms)
Cooper Creek, Fannin County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.2 miles long (USFS Route 33 to Mulky Creek Camp)
Blood Mountain Creek, Lumpkin County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 1 miles long (to Dicks Creek)
 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 , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Etowah River:
Gainesville Marina, Gainesville , 16 miles away
Bald Ridge Marina, Cumming , 20 miles away
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Etowah River:
Long Mountain Lodge, Dahlonega , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
The Smith House Historic Hotels Of America, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
Park Place Hotel, Dahlonega , 6 miles away
Days Inn Dahlonega, Dahlonega , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Etowah River:
Etowah River Campground, Dahlonega, 1 miles away
FSR-80, Suches, 4 miles away
Blackburn Park and Campground, Dahlonega, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Etowah River:
Black Mountain Trail, Union , 8 miles away
Benton Mackaye Trail, Fannin , 13 miles away
Duncan Ridge Trail, Union , 14 miles away
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 14 miles away
Coosa Backcountry Trail, Union , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Etowah River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 37 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 16 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Etowah River:
Gold Creek Golf Course, Dawsonville , 6 miles away
Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, Dahlonega , 8 miles away
Trader Golf Of North Georgia, Dawsonville , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Etowah River
Lake Petit, Pickens , 16 miles away
Lake Qualatchee, White , 19 miles away

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