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Rabun county, Coleman River Road to Tallulah River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.7 miles
  The nature scenery of Rabun County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Coleman River Road to Tallulah River section of Coleman River in Georgia is 2.7 miles long and has been rated as a class
    V section by American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The put-in location is a short drive from Cornelia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the
page. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance  
you're all set. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Coleman River without first going for a hike along the Hurricane Creek Trail. Sky Valley is a very popular ski area around here; Coleman River is next to Black Rock Mountain State Park which is a beautiful place. This river is so wonderful. This is a popular location for people from Rabun Gap, and you beyond doubt must explore Moccasin Creek State Park while you're here.

Coleman River, Coleman River Road to Tallulah 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 Coleman River.
 Whitewater Near Coleman River:
Coleman River, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (Coleman River Road to Tallulah River)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Tate Branch Campground to Coleman River)
Tallulah River, Towns/Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Kimsey Creek to US 64)
Moccasin Creek, Rabun County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Wildcat Road to Lake Burton)
Nantahala River, Macon/Clay County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 12.74 miles long (Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake)
Mud Creek, Habersham/Hall County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Road to Chatahoochee)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Highway 23 to Rickman Airfield Road)
Tiger Creek, Rabun County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Lakemont to Tallulah River)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Old Highway 441 to Tallulah Falls Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Coleman River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 12 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Coleman River:
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 6 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 10 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 12 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 15 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Coleman River:
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast An, Clayton , 10 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 10 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 10 miles away
Knights Inn Dillard, Dillard , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Coleman River:
Tallulah River Campground, Rabun County, 1 miles away
Tate Branch Campground, Towns County, 2 miles away
Tate Branch, Rabun Gap, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Coleman River:
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 12 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Coleman River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 44 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 6 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 8 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Coleman River:
Waterfall Country Club, Clayton , 4 miles away
Rabun County Golf Club, Clayton , 9 miles away
Kingwood Golf Club & Resort, Clayton , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Coleman River
Lake Burton, Rabun , 8 miles away
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 17 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 18 miles away

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