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South Carolina whitewater, Chauga River

Oconee county, Cobbs Bridge Road to North Horseshoe Bridge Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     7.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The nature scenery of South Carolina and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. The Cobbs Bridge Road to North Horseshoe Bridge Road stretch of Chauga River is 7.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II(III) section.
    The put-in is not too far from Seneca, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. There's camping available near Chauga
River. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large  
number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Lake Hartwell State Park when you're here at Chauga River is a splendid idea, and nearby you hit upon the Burrells Ford Trail which is a nice hiking trail. A tremendous place like Oconee State Park next to Chauga River is too great to leave out, and there is a splendid hiking trail nearby called the Chattooga Trail. This river is so perfect. You must unquestionably visit Horseshoe Bend while you're here at Chauga River, and there are plenty of people from Long Creek here. The high level of rainfall makes Chauga River a reasonably wet place.

Chauga River, Cobbs Bridge Road to North Horseshoe Bridge Road 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, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.5 miles long (Cobbs Bridge Road to North Horseshoe Bridge Road)
Cedar Creek, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Blue Hole Falls to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 9.8 miles long (Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Road to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
Brasstown Creek, Oconee County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.8 miles long (Brasstown Road to Yonah Lake)
Whetstone Creek, Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
 Ski Areas Near Chauga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 21 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chauga River:
Harbor Light Marina South, Lavonia , 15 miles away
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 15 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 19 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Chauga River:
Quality Inn Seneca, Seneca , 12 miles away
Days Inn Seneca, Seneca , 13 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Toccoa, Toccoa , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LAVONIA, Lavonia , 14 miles away
Super 8 Lavonia, Lavonia , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chauga River:
Chau Ram County Park, Westminster, 2 miles away
Riley Moore Ford, Long Creek, 3 miles away
Cassidy Bridge Campground, Oconee County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Chauga River:
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 14 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 15 miles away
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 15 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chauga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 63 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 67 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Lake Hartwell State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Tugaloo State Park, Georgia , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chauga River:
Currahee Club, Toccoa , 6 miles away
Foxwood Hills Golf Course, Westminster , 8 miles away
Blue Ridge Golf Center, Walhalla , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Chauga River
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 12 miles away
Stonecypher Lake, Stephens , 14 miles away
Lake Keowee, Oconee , 18 miles away

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