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
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.