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Fulton county, Grimes Bridge Road to Vickery Creek Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III(V+)     2 miles
No real put in spot because the water is only about 6 inches high. It's not deep enough to move. It's literally a stagnant cesspool now. Be afraid. 7-6-2008 Says Ron S.

The nature scenery of Fulton County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section of Big Creek is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III(V+) section by American Whitewater.
    Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the
road map further down. The Grimes Bridge Road to Vickery Creek Park section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people.  
You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
The sights at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will blow your mind, and lots of folks from Roswell come here. For the period of the summer highs here at Big Creek get into the 80's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 60's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 40's, and nighttime lows during the winter for Big Creek tend to be in the 20's.

Big Creek, Grimes Bridge Road to Vickery Creek Park 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, Fulton County, 0 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 2 miles long (Grimes Bridge Road to Vickery Creek Park)
Marsh Creek, Fulton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Mill Spring Academy to Riverside Road)
Sope Creek, Cobb County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.5 miles long (Lower Roswell Road to Chattahoochee River)
Chattahoochee River, Cobb/Fulton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 3.5 miles long (Powers Ferry to West Pallisades/Paces Mill)
Whitewater Outfitter - White Water Learning Center, Fulton County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rottenwood Creek, Cobb County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.25 miles long (Windy Hill Road to Chattahoochee River)
Nickajack Creek, Cobb County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (East-West Connector to Bankhead Highway)
Chattahoochee River, Cobb/Fulton County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0.2 miles long (Upstream of Atlanta Road)
Yellow River, Gwinnett County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Arnold Road to Annistown Bridge)
Yellow River, Gwinnett/Dekalb County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Annistown Bridge to Highway 124)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 88 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Big Creek:
Little River Marina, Canton , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Best Western Plus Roswell/Alpharetta, Roswell , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn ATLANTA/ROSWELL, Roswell , 1 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Atlanta - Roswell, Roswell , 1 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Roswell, Roswell , 1 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Roswell Atlanta North, Roswell , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Providence County Park, Alpharetta, 6 miles away
Marietta Campground, Cobb County, 10 miles away
La Siesta RV Park, Marietta, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Brookshire Creek Trail, Monroe , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 2 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Georgia , 25 miles away
Red Top Mountain State Park, Georgia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta , 2 miles away
Blue Heron Golf Club, Atlanta , 3 miles away
Dunwoody Country Club, Atlanta , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Northridge Lake, Fulton , 2 miles away
Elarbee Lake, Fulton , 10 miles away
Simmons Lake, DeKalb , 11 miles away

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