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South Carolina whitewater, Chattooga River

Rabun GA / Oconee SC county, Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7 miles
We run it in 17 ft canoes and Big Shoals is the only class 3 rapid. You will have to portage your boat 1/2 mile uphill at Earls ford take out on the SC side of the river. On Low Water Bridge Rd of Hwy 28 there are about 10 primative campsites beside the river, excellant camping and trout fishing but sometimes rowdy(more than likely they are related to me) lol. Says Donald Morton

The wonderful Rabun GA / Oconee SC County scenery
    and the water flowing gracefully down Chattooga River will make you feel great. This stretch of Chattooga River is 7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. On this section you
do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. The campgrounds here at Chattooga River are pretty good. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Seneca, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll  
    find a large number of good rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in South Carolina tend
  to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always splendid to pop by Big Shoals; naturally, A journey to Big Shoals is always fun.

Chattooga River, Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Chattooga River.
 Whitewater Near Chattooga River:
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SCCounty, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SCCounty, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SCCounty, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SCCounty, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River - West Fork, RabunCounty, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Overflow Creek Road Bridge to Highway 28 Boater's Access)
Whetstone Creek, OconeeCounty, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Warwoman Creek, RabunCounty, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, OconeeCounty, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, OconeeCounty, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
Chauga River, OconeeCounty, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Chattooga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 12 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 38 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 52 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chattooga River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 14 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 18 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Chattooga River:
Old Edwards Inn And Spa, Highlands , 9 miles away
The Inn At Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 9 miles away
Mountain Valley Inn, Dillard , 14 miles away
Knights Inn Dillard, Dillard , 14 miles away
Rabun Manor, Dillard , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chattooga River:
Camp Chatuga, Mountain Rest, 4 miles away
Cassidy Bridge Campground, Oconee County, 7 miles away
Blue Valley Campground, Macon County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Chattooga River:
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 3 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chattooga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 51 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chattooga River:
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 9 miles away
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Chattooga River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 10 miles away
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 16 miles away
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 20 miles away

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