Whitewater Rivers of North Georgia

whitewater rivers north georgiaNorth Georgia has 4 amazing rivers all of which have whitewater and can keep the beginner and expert engaged and challenged. We start off with the relaxing Coosawattee River which is formed when the Ellijay and Cartecay come together. The Coosawattee River is a wide and deep river that does not have any major rapids and can be used for tubing, kayaking, and canoeing alike. Its gentle whitewater makes a favorite for beginners and small children who just want to sit back on their tubes and float the day away.

Next on the list of rivers is the Talking Rock Creek River. Located in Talking Rock, Georgia and flows to Carters Lake. This river is another excellent river to take the kids on in a tube and relax the day away in the cool waters from Carters lake.
The Cartecay River is up next and a local favorite for tuber's and kayaker's alike. This river has a 3 class rapids with 2 class 1 rapids and 1 class 2 rapids. Which makes it a bit more adventurous and an excellent river to test and train your kayaking skills. Blackberry Falls rapids is at the end of this river and a class 2 rapid(photo above). This river is great to both tube and kayak but not if your afraid to get wet. The Cartecay is one of a handful natural whitewater rivers left in the south eastern states and that means it is not controlled by a dam like our next couple of rivers. The Taccoa River is a kayaking and tubing river in Blue Ridge Ga. 

White Water Rafting Rankings

Rivers are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest. Discover the various area rivers rankings below to help you determine what type of North Georgia rafting adventure will best suite you.

Whitewater Rivers:

  • Cartecay River (Category 1 & 2)
  • Coosawattee River in Ellijay (Category 1)
  • Toccoa River in Blue Ridge (Categories 1-3)
  • Natahala River (Categories 2-4)
  • Ocoee River in Georgia/North Carolina (Category 5)