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South Carolina whitewater, Chauga River

Oconee county, Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     3 miles
  The Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge section of Chauga River is 3 miles long and is a class II-III(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Seneca it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The natural beauty of South Carolina and the cool
    fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. This section is quite short so no need to bring snacks. A good workout and just hanging out with
mother nature will make you glad you came. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Long Creek here; hiking along the Burrells Ford Trail is great fun. Everybody loves Oconee State
 
Park, and you can have a good hiking adventure along the Chattooga Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Skiing at Scaly Mountain is one of those things you just must do. For the period of the summer, highs commonly are in the 70's at Chauga River. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's. Highs through the wintertime are frequently in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Chauga River. Much rainfall falls at Chauga River. All through March this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is April.

Chauga River, Verner Mill Road to Blackwell 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 Chauga River.
 Whitewater Near Chauga River:
Chauga River, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
Cedar Creek, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Blue Hole Falls to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 9.8 miles long (Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Road to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Whetstone Creek, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
 Ski Areas Near Chauga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 15 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 56 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chauga River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 16 miles away
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 17 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Chauga River:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 13 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 13 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 13 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Seneca, Seneca , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chauga River:
Blackwell Bridge, Long Creek, 1 miles away
Grapevine, Mountain Rest, 2 miles away
Cherry Hill, Mountain Rest, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Chauga River:
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 8 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 9 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chauga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 55 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 60 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 5 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chauga River:
Falcon's Lair Golf Course, Walhalla , 10 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 10 miles away
Blue Ridge Golf Center, Walhalla , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Chauga River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 15 miles away
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 15 miles away
Lake Keowee, Oconee , 18 miles away

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