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Georgia whitewater, Holly Creek

Murray county, Cohutta Wilderness section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     3.21 miles
  The nature scenery of Murray County and the water flowing gracefully down Holly Creek beats anything. The put-in is not too far from Dalton, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. Some people prefer whitewater
    rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This river system has a few good paddling sections
and the Cohutta Wilderness section is one of them. This section of Holly Creek in Georgia is 3.21 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV(V) section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Fort Mountain State Park are good to take a look
at; Holly Creek is right by the Songbird Trail. A nice spot to stop by close to Holly Creek is Mulberry Gap, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Emery Creek Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Holly Creek is a place with many visitors from Cisco. Holly Creek is a wet place that gets a great deal of rainfall. All through March this area sees the most rain while October is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Through the warmest time of the year at Holly Creek temperatures are commonly in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 60's.

Holly Creek, Cohutta Wilderness 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 Holly Creek.
 Whitewater Near Holly Creek:
Holly Creek, Murray County, 3 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3.21 miles long (Cohutta Wilderness)
Mill Creek, Murray County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Along Mill Creek Road)
Conasauga River, Murray County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Chicken Coop Gap to East Cowpen Road)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Highway 52w to Highway 282w)
Conasauga River, Murray County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 10 miles long (Hickory Creek Trailhead to East Cowpen Road)
Jack's River, Fannin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 17.2 miles long (Jones Mill/Bethlehem Church to Conasauga Confluence)
Mountaintown Creek, Gilmer County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (GA Route 282 to Ridgeway Park)
Conasauga River, Polk County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.1 miles long (Jacks River to US 411 Bridge)
Coosawattee River, Gilmer County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (GA Route 5 to Carter's Lake)
Big Creek, Polk County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.9 miles long (FR221/Peavine Road to US64)
 Ski Areas Near Holly Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 88 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 90 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Holly Creek:
Carter's Lake Marina & Resort, Chatsworth , 12 miles away
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Benton , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Holly Creek:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Holly Creek:
Super 8 Chatsworth/Dalton, Chatsworth , 10 miles away
Best Western Mountain View Inn, East Ellijay , 13 miles away
Stratford Motor Inn East Ellij, East Ellijay , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites East Ellijay, East Ellijay , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Holly Creek:
Cohutta Wildlife Management Area - Tearbritches, Cisco, 3 miles away
Lake Conasauga Overflow, Cisco, 3 miles away
Lake Conasauga Campground, Murray County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Holly Creek:
Emery Creek Trail, Gilmer , 2 miles away
Songbird Trail, Murray , 3 miles away
Grassy Mountain Tower Trail, Murray , 3 miles away
Bear Creek Trail, Gilmer , 5 miles away
Conasauga River Trail, Fannin , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Holly Creek:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 52 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 70 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 6 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Red Clay State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Holly Creek:
Spring Lakes Golf Club, Chatsworth , 13 miles away
Indian Trace Golf Course, Chatsworth , 14 miles away
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Holly Creek
Carters Lake, Murray , 12 miles away
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 14 miles away
Parksville Lake, Polk , 16 miles away

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