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Georgia whitewater, Tallulah River

Towns Rabun county, GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     5.5 miles
  This stretch of Tallulah River is 5.5 miles long and is a class I-II(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Georgia tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The put-in location is a short drive from Cornelia, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.
    The beautiful scenery of Towns/Rabun County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The beautiful Blue
Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. On this section you do get some distance, suitable  
for an afternoon trip. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Tallulah River; Stewart Trail is a fine local trail. Nearby Bull Cove is a nice location to go if you're at Tallulah River, and great hiking is available along the Hurricane Creek Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Going to Moccasin Creek State Park near Tallulah River is a good thing to do, and hey, Gotta ski right? Sky Valley is a tremendous location to do that. A spree to Nantahala National Forest when you're here at Tallulah River is never a bad idea.

Tallulah River, GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground 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 Tallulah River.
 Whitewater Near Tallulah River:
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Tate Branch Campground to Coleman River)
Tallulah River, Towns/Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground)
Coleman River, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (Coleman River Road to Tallulah River)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Kimsey Creek to US 64)
Nantahala River, Macon/Clay County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 12.74 miles long (Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake)
Moccasin Creek, Rabun County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Wildcat Road to Lake Burton)
Mud Creek, Habersham/Hall County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Road to Chatahoochee)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Highway 23 to Rickman Airfield Road)
Tiger Creek, Rabun County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Lakemont to Tallulah River)
Darnell Creek, Rabun County, 15 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 1 miles long (Roadside along Darnell Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Tallulah River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 14 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 41 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Tallulah River:
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 8 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 12 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 13 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 15 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Tallulah River:
Knights Inn Dillard, Dillard , 12 miles away
Mountain Valley Inn, Dillard , 12 miles away
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast And Wine Cellar, Clayton , 12 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton , 12 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tallulah River:
Sandy Bottoms, Hiawassee, 1 miles away
Tate Branch, Rabun Gap, 2 miles away
Tate Branch Campground, Towns County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Tallulah River:
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 6 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tallulah River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 41 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 8 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 10 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tallulah River:
Waterfall Country Club, Clayton , 7 miles away
Rabun County Golf Club, Clayton , 12 miles away
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Tallulah River
Lake Burton, Rabun , 11 miles away
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 14 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 17 miles away

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