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Georgia whitewater, Big Creek

Rabun county, Highway 28 to Overflow Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     2 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This section of Big Creek in Georgia is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V(V+) section. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The river
    winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 28 to Overflow
Creek stretch is one of them. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting point is not too far from Seneca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The scenic beauty of Rabun County and the sparkling  
of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Big Creek there are plenty of people from Highlands, and don't leave Big Creek without first going for a hike along the Three Forks Trail. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You definitely should take a look at Black Rock Mountain State Park if you're here at Big Creek, and wonderful hiking is available along the Burrells Ford Trail.

Big Creek, Highway 28 to Overflow Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Big Creek, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Highway 28 to Overflow Creek)
Chattooga River - West Fork, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Overflow Creek Road Bridge to Highway 28 Boater's Access)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
Warwoman Creek, Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 11 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 35 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 49 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Big Creek:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 15 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 20 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 5 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 5 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 5 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 6 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
West Fork, Highlands, 1 miles away
Blue Valley, Highlands, 3 miles away
Blue Valley Campground, Macon County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 1 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 3 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 5 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 8 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 47 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 57 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 9 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 2 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 5 miles away
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 7 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 18 miles away
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 19 miles away

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