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Georgia whitewater, Rose Creek

Oconee county, Elder Mill Road park and huck section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     0.2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Georgia and the water flowing gracefully down Rose Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Georgia is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Elder Mill Road park and huck stretch of Rose Creek is 0.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. There's camping available near
    Rose Creek. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This is the only paddling section along Rose Creek. This is a very short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Athens-Clarke County, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

about the general area:
Rose Creek is not far at all from Watkinsville, and the Scull Shoals Trail is a nice hiking trail nearby. If the weather is magnificent here at Rose Creek, you can go for a hike along the Mounds Trail. Throughout the summer months at Rose Creek temperatures are ordinarily in the 80's while overnight lows are frequently in the 60's. Through the winter this place gets highs in the 50's; throughout the dark hours in the winter at Rose Creek temperatures sink to the 30's. Rose Creek sees pretty high levels of rain. March is when you get the most rain here; September meanwhile is the driest month.

Rose Creek, Elder Mill Road park and huck 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 Rose Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rose Creek:
Apalachee River, Oconee County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.1 miles long (Pot Leaf Shoals Apalachee park and play spot)
Apalachee River, Morgan/ Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 0 miles long (High Shoals - Highway 186 to Price Mill)
Big Clouds Creek, Oglethorpe County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.9 miles long (GA 22 to Watson Mill Bridge St. P Highway)
Hard Labor Creek, Morgan County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Historic Brown Hill Church to Browning Shoals)
Broad River, Madison / Elbert / Oglethorpe County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.5 miles long (US Route 281 to US Route 172)
North Oconee River, Jackson County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 0.25 miles long (Hurricane Shoals County Park)
Skull Shoal Creek, Madison County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 0.56 miles long (Home Church Road to Broad River)
Little River, Putnam County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (Glenwood Springs Road to Lake Sinclair)
 Ski Areas Near Rose Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 67 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Rose Creek:
Sugar Creek Marina, Buckhead , 13 miles away
Blue Springs Marina, Buckhead , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Rose Creek:
UGA Georgia Center, Athens , 8 miles away
SpringHill Suites Athens, Athens , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Athens, Athens , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA, Athens , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA, Athens , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rose Creek:
Oconee River Campground and Picnic Area, Greene County, 7 miles away
Village Hunt Camp, Arnoldsville, 7 miles away
Pine Lake RV Campground, Bishop, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Rose Creek:
Mounds Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Scull Shoals Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Falling Camp Trail, Oglethorpe , 8 miles away
Town Creek Bike Trail, Greene , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rose Creek:
Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon - GA , 57 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 68 miles away
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
Watson Mill State Park, Georgia , 24 miles away
Fort Yargo Recreation Area, Georgia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rose Creek:
University Golf Course, Athens , 7 miles away
Lane Creek Golf Course, Athens , 9 miles away
Jennings Mill Country Club, Bogart , 10 miles away

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