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South Carolina whitewater, Chauga River

Oconee county, Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(V)     5.4 miles
  This section of Chauga River in Oconee County is 5.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III(V) section. The put-in location is a short drive from Seneca, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The beautiful scenery of South Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip.
    You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. The campgrounds here at Chauga River are pretty good. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this
state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge section is just one of them. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you  
want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Chauga River you can take a hike along the Burrells Ford Trail, and this is a popular place for folks from Long Creek. Going for a hike along the Chattooga Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Oconee State Park is worth a visit if you're at Chauga River, and you can never get enough of the great skiing at Scaly Mountain. The warmest time of the year at Chauga River comes with high temperatures in the 80's while overnight lows are frequently in the 50's.

Chauga River, Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge 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 Chauga River.
 Whitewater Near Chauga River:
Chauga River, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 9.8 miles long (Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Road to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Oconee County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
Cedar Creek, Oconee County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Blue Hole Falls to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
Whetstone Creek, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chauga River, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.5 miles long (Cobbs Bridge Road to North Horseshoe Bridge Road)
Warwoman Creek, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Chauga River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 15 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 44 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 , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Chauga River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 15 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 17 miles away
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 18 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Chauga River:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 14 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 14 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 14 miles away
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chauga River:
Grapevine, Mountain Rest, 1 miles away
Cassidy Bridge Campground, Oconee County, 1 miles away
Blackwell Bridge, Long Creek, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Chauga River:
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 8 miles away
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chauga River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 56 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 63 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 8 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chauga River:
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 12 miles away
Falcon's Lair Golf Course, Walhalla , 12 miles away
Currahee Club, Toccoa , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Chauga River
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 12 miles away
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 16 miles away
Stonecypher Lake, Stephens , 18 miles away

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