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Georgia whitewater, Tallulah River

Rabun county, Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugaloo section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     2.5 miles
  This section of Tallulah River in Rabun County is 2.5 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Georgia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Georgia you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. This stretch is short
    so no need to bring snacks. The starting location is a short drive from Toccoa, as you can see on the road map further down. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but
if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The campgrounds here at Tallulah River are pretty good. The Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugaloo stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
On a great day at Tallulah River you can take a hike along the Bartram Trail, and
tremendous skiing awaits you at Sky Valley. Places like Black Rock Mountain State Park are pleasant to explore, and people from Lakemont love to come here. This is such a wonderful river. There is a glorious hiking trail near Tallulah River called the Chattooga Trail, and Tallulah Gorge is definitely a perfect location to have a look at. Put some time aside to spend at Cascade Falls while you're here at Tallulah River. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a pleasant spot to stretch your legs a bit. Summertime at Tallulah River comes with high temperatures in the 80's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 60's.

Tallulah River, Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugaloo 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 Tallulah River.
 Whitewater Near Tallulah River:
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Tallulah Gorge to Lake Tugaloo)
Big Panther Creek, Habersham Stephens County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 5.3 miles long (Old Highway 441 to dirt road by Panther Creek by Yonah Lake Road)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Old Highway 441 to Tallulah Falls Lake)
Tiger Creek, Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Lakemont to Tallulah River)
Brasstown Creek, Oconee County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.8 miles long (Brasstown Road to Yonah Lake)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.75 miles long (Timber Bluff Road off US Route 76 to Chattooga River)
Stekoa Creek, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Highway 23 to Rickman Airfield Road)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Oconee County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Tallulah River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 14 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 57 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Tallulah River:
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 5 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 9 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 10 miles away
LA Prade's Marina, Clarkesville , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Tallulah River:
Quality Inn & Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 8 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 9 miles away
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast An, Clayton , 9 miles away
Country Hearth Inn Toccoa, Toccoa , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tallulah River:
Terrora Campground, Tallulah Falls, 1 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls, 1 miles away
Terrora Park Campground, Rabun County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Tallulah River:
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 9 miles away
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 18 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 18 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tallulah River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 57 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 2 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 11 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tallulah River:
The Orchard Golf And Country Club, Clarkesville , 5 miles away
Julia's At The Orchard, Clarkesville , 6 miles away
Apple Mountain Golf Club, Clarkesville , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Tallulah River
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 4 miles away
Lake Burton, Rabun , 12 miles away
Stonecypher Lake, Stephens , 13 miles away

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