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Georgia whitewater, Conasauga River

Murray county, Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     10 miles
  The Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen Road section of Conasauga River is 10 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV(V) section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Georgia and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The put-in is not too far from Cleveland, there's a road map
    further down the page with more info on that. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The sections for whitewater
rafting and kayaking here in Georgia are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen Road stretch is just one of them. A bit of exercise and just hanging out  
with mother nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A great place to check out in close proximity to Conasauga River is Alaculsy Valley, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Gryder Camp Trail. Here at Conasauga River you'll in all probability meet some folks from Cisco, and Conasauga River is right by the Cloer Trail. This river has it all. Fort Mountain State Park is a wonderful location to stretch your legs a bit, and a trip to Parksville Beach is always a pleasant idea. The high level of rainfall makes Conasauga River a relatively wet place.

Conasauga River, Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen 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 Conasauga River.
 Whitewater Near Conasauga River:
Conasauga River, Murray County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 10 miles long (Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen Road)
Conasauga River, Murray County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Chicken Coop Gap to East Cowpen Road)
Conasauga River, Polk County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.1 miles long (Jacks River to US 411 Bridge)
Mill Creek, Murray County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Along Mill Creek Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Holly Creek, Murray County, 9 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3.21 miles long (Cohutta Wilderness)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Outdoors, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Inn Rafting, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cascade Outdoors, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Polk County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.9 miles long (FR221/Peavine Road to US64)
 Ski Areas Near Conasauga River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 87 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 90 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Conasauga River:
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Benton , 9 miles away
Carter's Lake Marina & Resort, Chatsworth , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Conasauga River:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Conasauga River:
Super 8 Chatsworth/Dalton, Chatsworth , 13 miles away
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 20 miles away
Best Western Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 20 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Cleveland, Cleveland , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites East Ellijay, East Ellijay , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Conasauga River:
Cottonwood Patch Horse Camp, Oldfort, 2 miles away
Conasauga River, Oldfort, 3 miles away
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area - Mill Creek, Cisco, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Conasauga River:
Gryder Camp Trail, Murray , 1 miles away
Cloer Trail, Murray , 2 miles away
Conasauga River Trail, Polk , 2 miles away
Conasauga River Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Hickory Creek Trail, Fannin , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Conasauga River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 59 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 62 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 10 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Red Clay State Park, Tennessee , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Conasauga River:
Indian Trace Golf Course, Chatsworth , 14 miles away
Spring Lakes Golf Club, Chatsworth , 15 miles away
Chatata Valley Golf & Country Club, Cleveland , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Conasauga River
Parksville Lake, Polk , 8 miles away
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 16 miles away
Carters Lake, Murray , 19 miles away

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