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Georgia whitewater, Toccoa River

Fannin county, Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     13.5 miles
  The Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms stretch of Toccoa River is 13.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II(III) section of whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Fannin County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are
    not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your
camp stove. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery  
along the way too. The put-in location is a short drive from Gainesville, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Doogan Hole is a magnificent local attraction, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Toccoa River; Benton Mackaye Trail is a pleasant local trail. Be careful coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you might not ever want to go back home again. Don't leave Toccoa River without going to Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park; why not take a refreshing hike along the Duncan Ridge Trail.

Toccoa River, Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms 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 Toccoa River.
 Whitewater Near Toccoa River:
Toccoa River, Fannin County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13.5 miles long (Deep Hole Recreation Area to Sandy Bottoms)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Above Hightower Road)
Cooper Creek, Fannin County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.2 miles long (USFS Route 33 to Mulky Creek Camp)
Toccoa River, Fannin County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Swan Bridge to Aska Road)
Etowah River, Lumpkin County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Hightower Road to US 19)
Amicalola Creek, Dawson County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.75 miles long (Goshen Church Road to Highway 53)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (GA Route 52 to Lower Cartecay Road)
Blood Mountain Creek, Lumpkin County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 1 miles long (to Dicks Creek)
Etowah River, Lumpkin/ Dawson County, 17 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 13.3 miles long (US 19 to Highway 136)
Cartecay River, Gilmer County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 2.1 miles long (Lower Cartecay Road to Stegall Mill Road Road)
 Ski Areas Near Toccoa River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 59 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 69 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Toccoa River:
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 9 miles away
Nottely Marina, Blairsville , 15 miles away
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Toccoa River:
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Blairsville, Blairsville , 17 miles away
Best Western Milton Inn, Blairsville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Toccoa River:
Skeenah Mill Campground, Suches, 1 miles away
Skeenah Campground, Fannin County, 1 miles away
Deep Hole, Suches, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Toccoa River:
Benton Mackaye Trail, Fannin , 1 miles away
Duncan Ridge Trail, Union , 12 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Union , 14 miles away
Coosa Backcountry Trail, Union , 18 miles away
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Toccoa River:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 46 miles away
Amicalola Falls and Lodge State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Toccoa River:
Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville , 17 miles away
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 17 miles away
Old Union Golf Club, Blairsville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Toccoa River
Blue Ridge Lake, Fannin , 9 miles away
Nottely Lake, Union , 13 miles away
Bowen Lake, Union , 16 miles away

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