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Georgia whitewater, Clear Creek

Gilmer county, Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Gilmer County and the water flowing gracefully down Clear Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Calhoun, as you can see on the road map further down. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Getting some good exercise and spending
    some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. This stretch of Clear Creek in Georgia is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. For all you camping people
there are campgrounds nearby. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River section is one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

about the general area:
A spree to Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park when you're here at Clear Creek is a nice idea, and there is a great hiking trail close by called the Bear Creek Trail. If you're visiting Clear Creek from East Ellijay, you won't be the only one; nearby you discover the Mountaintown Creek Trail which is a good hiking trail. This is such a fun river. Summer at Clear Creek comes with high temperatures in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's. For the duration of the wintertime the highs are ordinarily in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Clear Creek.

Clear Creek, Clear Creek Road to Cartecay River 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 Clear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Creek:
Clear Creek, Gilmer County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Clear Creek Road to 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
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, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (GA Route 5 to Carter's Lake)
Long Swamp Creek, Pickens County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.8 miles long (Grandview Road to Cove Road Close to Jasper)
Talking Rock Creek, Pickens/Gilmer/Gordon/Murray County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (GA Highway 5 in Blaine to GA Highway 136)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (GA Route 282 to Ridgeway Park)
Talking Rock Creek, Pickens/Gilmer/Gordon/Murray County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (GA Highway 136 to Carters Lake Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Clear Creek:
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 Clear Creek:
Carter's Lake Marina & Resort, Chatsworth , 15 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Clear Creek:
Comfort Inn & Suites East Ellijay, East Ellijay , 4 miles away
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 5 miles away
Best Western Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 5 miles away
Woodbridge Inn, Jasper , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Jasper, Jasper , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Creek:
Diamond Lure Campground, Ellijay, 3 miles away
Nelly Plum Campground, Ellijay, 5 miles away
Talona Creek Campground, Talking Rock, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Creek:
Bear Creek Trail, Gilmer , 15 miles away
Mountaintown Creek Trail, Gilmer , 15 miles away
Tearbritches Trail, Fannin , 16 miles away
South Fork Trail, Fannin , 16 miles away
Benton McKaye Trail, Fannin , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Creek:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 37 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 13 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 21 miles away
Red Top Mountain State Park, Georgia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Creek:
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 8 miles away
Bent Tree Golf Course, Jasper , 9 miles away
Big Canoe Golf Club, Big Canoe , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Creek
Lake Petit, Pickens , 13 miles away
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 15 miles away
Carters Lake, Murray , 16 miles away

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