Kayaking in Georgia: What You Need to Know

Woman kayaking in GeorgiaKnown for abundant native wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and thrilling outdoor recreation, the North Georgia Mountains are an ideal destination for nature lovers and explorers. For those who are particularly passionate about the water, North Georgia’s rivers offer a year-round playground for paddlers of all ages and feature tons of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and more. Beginners can get their sea legs on Class I trips, and heart-pumping Class VI excursions are available for very brave experts. No matter what your skill level is, kayaking in Georgia is a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, cool water, and incredible scenery of the North Georgia mountains.

The Best Places for Kayaking in Georgia

Chestatee River

Once home to the Cherokee Indians, the Chestatee River offers quiet beauty and a pleasant break from everyday life. Appalachian Outfitters offers kayaking trips that are ideal for first-time canoers and kayakers, families, and large groups. For 6 miles, guests will experience gentle rapids, rock cliffs, secluded beaches, and lots of cool swimming holes. Be on the lookout for friendly animals like ducks, great blue heron, beaver, deer, and tons of turtles.

Etowah River

Those with some previous kayaking and canoeing experience can take a more challenging tour with Appalachian Outfitters on the Etowah River. Guests will paddle this fast-moving stream surrounded by wildflowers, wildlife, and the spectacular Etowah Falls. The scenery is rugged and beautiful, and the trip is about 8 miles long. Because of inadequate water levels in the summer, guests should plan their kayaking tour on this river before mid-June.

Chattahoochee River

Whether you’re hoping to relax with a leisurely paddle or experience an exciting whitewater excursion, Wildwood Outfitters takes guests on memorable rides down the Chattahoochee River. They offer a variety of trips for the whole family that are between 5-10 miles long and explore different sections of the river. You can discover raging rapids and smooth pools in a canoe, kayak, or raft all while enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Tallulah Gorge

If whitewater kayaking in Georgia is on your bucket list, Tallulah Gorge State Park is the place to go. For three weekends in November and two in April, the falls are released for kayaking at 500-700 feet per second. Most paddlers agree that Tallulah is one of the hardest runs in Georgia, so this river’s rapids are for experts only. If you’re just starting out, try taking a Full Moon Paddle where you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride around Tallulah Lake as the moon reflects off the water.

Paddle Back to Glen-Ella Springs!

After your incredible kayaking adventure, head back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn and put your feet up in of our peaceful rooms or suites. Afterward, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal in our onsite restaurant that will have you feeling refreshed and ready to explore again the next day. We can’t wait to hear about where the river takes you!

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