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Georgia whitewater, Cartecay River

Gilmer county, GA Route 52 to Lower Cartecay Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8 miles
  The natural beauty of Gilmer County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. The average Georgia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The starting point is not too far from Cleveland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.
    No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. You might be into whitewater rafting
or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. This stretch of Cartecay River is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The Mountaintown
Creek Trail is a tremendous hiking trail near Cartecay River, and during your journey here you'll meet some people from East Ellijay for sure. If the weather is good here at Cartecay River, you can go for a hike along the Bear Creek Trail. Don't leave Cartecay River without stopping by Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park. Through the summer at Cartecay River highs are commonly in the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. Throughout the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's while Cartecay River night low temperatures all through the winter are in the 20's.

Cartecay River, GA Route 52 to Lower Cartecay Road 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 Cartecay River.
 Whitewater Near Cartecay River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountaintown Outdoor Expdtns, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Stegall Mill Road to DNR)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 2.1 miles long (Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (GA Route 52 to Lower Cartecay Road)
Clear Creek, Gilmer County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River)
Coosawattee River, Gilmer County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (GA Route 5 to Carter's Lake)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (GA Route 282 to Ridgeway Park)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Highway 52w to Highway 282w)
Talking Rock Creek, Pickens/Gilmer/Gordon/Murray County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (GA Highway 5 in Blaine to GA Highway 136)
Long Swamp Creek, Pickens County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.8 miles long (Grandview Road to Cove Road Close to Jasper)
 Ski Areas Near Cartecay River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 77 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 84 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Cartecay River:
Carter's Lake Marina & Resort, Chatsworth , 15 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Cartecay River:
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 3 miles away
Best Western Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites East Ellijay, East Ellijay , 4 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Jasper, Jasper , 11 miles away
Woodbridge Inn, Jasper , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cartecay River:
Nelly Plum Campground, Ellijay, 4 miles away
Diamond Lure Campground, Ellijay, 5 miles away
Plum Nelly Campground, Ellijay, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cartecay River:
Bear Creek Trail, Gilmer , 12 miles away
Mountaintown Creek Trail, Gilmer , 13 miles away
Tearbritches Trail, Fannin , 13 miles away
South Fork Trail, Fannin , 13 miles away
Benton McKaye Trail, Fannin , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cartecay River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 40 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 19 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cartecay River:
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 5 miles away
Bent Tree Golf Course, Jasper , 11 miles away
Big Canoe Golf Club, Big Canoe , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Cartecay River
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 12 miles away
Lake Petit, Pickens , 16 miles away
Blue Ridge Lake, Fannin , 16 miles away

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