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Georgia whitewater, Cartecay River

Gilmer county, Stegall Mill Road to DNR section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     2 miles
  The Stegall Mill Road to DNR section of Cartecay River in Gilmer County is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Georgia are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve
    in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of Gilmer County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time
outdoors are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. The put-in location is a short drive from Calhoun, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Stegall Mill Road to DNR section is just one of them.

Briefly about
the general area:
A journey to Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park when you're here at Cartecay River is a good idea, and you can go for a hike on the Bear Creek Trail. You're sure to stumble upon some smiling people from East Ellijay here. Good hiking is available along the Mountaintown Creek Trail. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Cartecay River. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Cartecay River. The high level of precipitation makes Cartecay River a reasonably wet site.

Cartecay River, Stegall Mill Road to DNR 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:
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Stegall Mill Road to DNR)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountaintown Outdoor Expdtns, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clear Creek, Gilmer County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 2 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)
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)
Talking Rock Creek, Pickens/Gilmer/Gordon/Murray County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (GA Highway 5 in Blaine to GA Highway 136)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Highway 52w to Highway 282w)
Long Swamp Creek, Pickens County, 10 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 , 81 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 86 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 , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Cartecay River:
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites East Ellijay, East Ellijay , 3 miles away
Best Western Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 3 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Jasper, Jasper , 10 miles away
Woodbridge Inn, Jasper , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cartecay River:
Nelly Plum Campground, Ellijay, 4 miles away
Diamond Lure Campground, Ellijay, 4 miles away
Plum Nelly Campground, Ellijay, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cartecay River:
Bear Creek Trail, Gilmer , 13 miles away
Mountaintown Creek Trail, Gilmer , 14 miles away
Tearbritches Trail, Fannin , 14 miles away
South Fork Trail, Fannin , 15 miles away
Benton McKaye Trail, Fannin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cartecay River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 39 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 19 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cartecay River:
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 6 miles away
Bent Tree Golf Course, Jasper , 10 miles away
Big Canoe Golf Club, Big Canoe , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Cartecay River
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 13 miles away
Lake Petit, Pickens , 15 miles away
Carters Lake, Murray , 16 miles away

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