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South Carolina whitewater, Chattooga River

Rabun GA Oconee SC county, Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+(IV)     13 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Seneca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Rabun GA / Oconee SC County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in South Carolina are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. When
    you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Great exercise and just hanging
out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge section of Chattooga River in South Carolina is 13 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+(IV) section. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if  
you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Chattooga Trail, and if you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Mountain Rest. Man, is there lots of enjoyable things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A spree to Black Rock Mountain State Park when you're here at Chattooga River is never a bad idea, and what would winter be without some skiing at Scaly Mountain. This river is so great. A visit to Oconee State Park when you're here at Chattooga River is a nice idea; don't leave Chattooga River without first going for a hike along the Bartram Trail.

Chattooga River, Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge 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 Chattooga River.
 Whitewater Near Chattooga River:
Whetstone Creek, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Warwoman Creek, Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 9.8 miles long (Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Road to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
Chattooga River - West Fork, Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Overflow Creek Road Bridge to Highway 28 Boater's Access)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 6 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, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
 Ski Areas Near Chattooga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 10 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 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 , 80 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chattooga River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 11 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 15 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Chattooga River:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 11 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 11 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 11 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 11 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chattooga River:
Timmy Place, Mountain Rest, 1 miles away
Whetstone Horse Camp, Mountain Rest, 1 miles away
Turpin Branch, Mountain Rest, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Chattooga River:
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 2 miles away
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 7 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 7 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chattooga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 51 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 63 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chattooga River:
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 9 miles away
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 9 miles away
Kingwood Golf Club & Resort, Clayton , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Chattooga River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 12 miles away
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 13 miles away

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