Beyond the Chattahoochee—3 less crowded spots to dip in a paddle

Whether you’re looking for an easy ride or Class IV rapids, there’s options beyond the ’Hooch
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Chattahoochee alternatives
Photograph courtesy of Broad River Outpost

Want to dip your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard into a deliciously cool current? The popular Chattahoochee isn’t your only option. Here, three less familiar (and less crowded) spots to get wet.

Broad River
One of Georgia’s last free-flowing rivers, the Broad is known for picturesque, unspoiled scenery. Near Danielsville, about 90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, Broad River Outpost offers canoe and kayak excursions along calmer Class I and more brisk Class II stretches.

Cartecay River
A Class II river near Ellijay, about an hour north of metro Atlanta, the Cartecay is full of moderately churning rapids. When you’re done paddling, hop in the car for a 20-minute ride to Amicalola Falls State Park, home to the Southeast’s tallest waterfall.

Sweetwater Creek
Just a few miles west of downtown, Sweetwater Creek State Park is home to a 215-acre reservoir as well as the creek itself, some portions of which boast Class IV whitewater rapids. Check their website for details on staff-led paddles.

This article originally appeared in our August 2016 issue.

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