Kayak Guy Atlanta 2016.

I have now entered my 4th year as the Kayak Guy of Atlanta. A role that I have taken seriously. Each year I feel the need to find some of the best kayaking around. Oh and this year will be no different.

We will obviously be kayaking the Atlanta metro Chattahoochee. This is a great place to do some recreational kayaking and get the occasional light rapids and swimming holes. The Chattahoochee River is very scenic and very convenient and not to mention it’s a right of passage for residents and visitors. Most people think of Atlanta for its city and urban activities, but do not realize the hidden gem that is the Chattahoochee River. There are 48 miles of National Parks in the metro Atlanta area with probably close to 15 parks with facilities. This makes the Chattahoochee River perfect for day trips for both locals and out-of-town visitors.

The next of our amazing “local” rivers….The Etowah River is one very scenic river that runs close to 170 miles total from Dahlonega, GA to Rome, GA. We have done several day trips on the Etowah River. The Etowah has it all…camping, scenic paddling, mining tunnels, waterfalls, gold, Indian artifacts and lots of wildlife. One of the plans this year is to kayak all 170 miles of the Etowah River. There are 16 sections that can be easily used for day trips. Most of these sections are safe for all skill levels so the Etowah has something for everyone.

It is also excellent for multi-day kayaking trips. There are several campsites that can be used for overnight stays. This season we are planning some kayak/camping along the Etowah River…likely a weekend two day event. Dawsonville Forest and Tunneling for Gold sections still remain the most popular ones. All you have to do is ask and we’ll make a trip out of the Etowah.

The third river that is always a favorite kayak river for us…the Toccoa River.  The Toccoa is a wonderfully scenic mountain stream. It offers a combination of primitive forest and open farmland paddling. I fell in love with the Toccoa last year and we spent many weekends running trips along Old Dial Rd. There are many campsites along the river so if you want to try your hand at camping this is the river for you. This river is a bit faster moving with some Class I & II rapids…so good to test your skills but still safe. The Toccoa River flows into Blue Ridge Lake then continues on into Tennessee where it become the Ocoee River. The Toccoa River is a “must” for paddlers and ranks as one of the best in my personal opinion. I have posted a blog so you can get an idea what to see on the Toccoa River. Its amazing!

That covers the “Big Three” of our most traveled rivers. But we here at Kayak Guy Atlanta are not limited to where we can go. We’ve done trips on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. This will be a place we return to this year. Also the Flint River remains largely unchartered for me…at least until this year. It is another river that will see plenty of trips this year. It also provides many sections that can be broken into day trips or multi-day trips.

The Tuckasegee River in North Carolina has always been a river on my paddling radar. This river is calm but provides some great scenery in the Smokies.  This year we will visit it. If you want to stay close to Atlanta you obviously have the Chattahoochee River but Stone Mountain Lake also offers a unique paddle. Lake Lanier is a great lake to paddle as long as you stay close to shore…boats are big and fast up there. The Chestatee River offers a great alternative because you can paddle the river into Lake Lanier without worrying about the large powerboats.

I also want everyone to know, if you have a place you would like to go and I have not mentioned…by all means ask. We can customize a trip/tour for groups. I don’t have a physical location, so I am mobile and bring the kayaks to you and also arrange for pickup and any other transportation. And don’t forget…on nearly all of my trips I allow people to bring their own kayak. Its only a nominal fee of $10 if I transport your kayak on my trailer. And for those who rent from me, I keep my rates low ($35-$50 per trip) so you can bring family and friends along without breaking the bank.

I have a newsletter that I maintain with folks who are interested in kayaking or have already kayaked with me. You can sign up on every page of my website on the right side header. This allows me to notify you when I post an event or trip. Also go and like us on Facebook. Thanks so much and hope to see you on the river! Cheers!

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Toccoa River Blue Ridge GA – Aska Road

Toccoa River Rentals

Toccoa River Rentals

This amazing trip took place in the scenic mountains of Blue Ridge, GA on the clear waters of the Toccoa River. The total distance of the trip was around 9 miles and takes close to 3 hours paddling. The perfect amount of time and distance…long enough to really enjoy and make it worth your time, but not so long that your butt goes numb from sitting in a kayak.

It has officially become one of the great paddles in Georgia. At least for me.  I know it may a bit of a drive outside of Atlanta (1.5hrs) but it is well worth it if you have a full day to spend in the beautiful mountains of Blue Ridge.

The Toccoa River in this section is friendly to nearly all paddlers. It does have a few Class I+ rapids but overall very safe. We typically put in along the roadside above the Van Zandt Bridge.  There isn’t a lot of parking, but that works well because it keeps out the major rentals companies. So where we put in it is practically free of other kayakers and tubers.

The put-in launch location is in a calm pool just above some exciting small rapids. There is a string shoals that make sure to keep you interested and focused on the paddle. The water is shallow here so it will test your skills in navigating the river without getting hung up on the rocks. Maybe 20 minutes into your paddle we pass under the Van Zandt bridge off of Newport Road.

Here the scenery is farmland and there is a good chance you may be joined on the river by some cows getting their morning drink. It makes for a fun photo moment. The farmland continues for a while with a good section of calm and a chance to relax a bit and chat with folks.

Soon after the farmland you will see some of my favorite scenery on the trip. As you look downstream you can see the beautiful mountains in the background. I love it and make sure to get a shot of the amazing mountains and river.

This is where you start to plunge into the National Forest lands and it is gorgeous. The river banks are covered with Hemlocks and Mountain Laurel. The river speeds up here again, making you once again focus on the river and not banging into rocks.

About 4 miles into your trip you reach a place called Sandy Bottom Canoe and Boat launch. This is an idea spot to stop for lunch and take a swim in the river. It has plenty of shallow, calm water to pull your kayak up from the river. There is even some primitive campsites here. I have stayed overnight here and it is very nice and peaceful. There is a bathroom here too, which is a great strategic location after about 4-5 miles on the river paddling.

If you are a fisherman, this area is actually one of the very popular fly-fishing areas. The trout swim freely here…so I’ve been told. I love to fish, but I never have yet on the Toccoa River. But soon I will drop a line.

After you launch out from the Sandy Bottom campsite, the beautiful scenery continues. Laurel and hemlock are everywhere. About one mile downstream from Sandy Bottom you meet the largest rapid on the entire trip. It sounds worse than it really is, be sure to stay left of the island. There is a good drop in from the left side and it is an exciting set of rapids to challenge you a bit.

After this rapids you paddle under the Shallowford Bridge where there are some tube rentals that dot the shores. I love the bridge, its single lane with wood 2×4 planks to drive over. At dark they light up the bridge…its a pretty cool site. After you paddle around the bend below the bridge you will see a dock on the left. This is the nearly world famous Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. There is a place at the dock where you could tie up your kayaks and grab a bite.

Typically, we save the restaurant for after our kayak paddle, but I do like the food that the serve. From this point you have a very scenic 2 miles of cabin rentals placed on the water. The water stays fast until the end point but there really no rapids of interest. I always like to end our journey at a place called by the locals as “party rock”. This is a very tricky Class 3 rapids. We pull the kayaks out above this rapids. But if there are some confident paddlers I always leave the option to shoot this rapids. We only have a 20% success rate at getting through them. But hey what is the fun in staying dry all the time.

Party Rock is a great place to be humbled. It doesn’t look like a big rapid (and it isn’t) but its a very tricky rapid that requires perfect placement in the water. This area normally has a lot of people because it is so close to the road near the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant.

So there you have it. The one of the most exciting and scenic kayak paddles in all of Georgia. That is, of course, according to me. If you know better I am open to suggestions. If you’d like to make the trip with me sometime and feel you are up for it…..let me know. Drop an email or call me.  Cheers!

 

 

 

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Etowah River – Hwy 9 River Park to Kelly Bridge

 

 

 

 

This has easily become my favorite trips within driving distance of Atlanta.  I think it’s the diversity of the trip that makes it so appealing.  The park starts with a nice safe and clean park not far from River View Middle School.  The put in has good sandy shores which make it a great point to drop the kayaks comfortably.

The entire 10 miles of the trip through the Dawsonville Forest is remote and free of visible homes and traffic.  So from the point you put in you get the feeling that you are away from most man-made activities.  The early mornings along this route are amazing. You will see wildlife but I think its just the peace and quiet you get that just sets the stage for the rest of the journey.

You meander through different types of scenery….from dense ferns and trees to open fields where you see the occasional abandoned train bridge.

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You can’t get too distracted though because there are plenty of fallen trees and river obstacles that keep your attention.

I always tell the kayakers that join us to keep their attention downstream….but I think the scenery mesmerizes them and we’ve had a few spilled kayaks from not paying attention to the river.  There is never over a Class I rapid but the river is fairly swift. The fact that it is swift also adds to the appeal of this area. You never really have to exert too much paddle muscle to get where you need to go.

One of my favorite stopping points along the way is just over half way through the trip.  Around mile marker 18 you will see the Barefoot Falls.

Barefoot Falls

Barefoot Falls

It gives you a chance to stretch the legs and grab some food….all the while giving some nice scenery with the waterfall next to the Etowah River.  This also provides a great spot for some primitive camping. There is a fire ring and basic table but flat enough to allow for several tents if needed.  Oh if you are the fun loving adventurous type like myself you also can swing on the rope swing.  Its quite fun and lets us all play like a kid again.

fun times!

fun times!

So after you play around on the waterfalls and the rope swing, you hit the water again.  But don’t get too comfortable because about 1/3 of a mile from Barefoot Falls you will hit the largest rapid of the route. It really isn’t big (class II) but it sounds like a huge waterfall. In reality its not much but there are two ledges with some slight drop-offs. I like this area too because its a great picture moment. I like to go first then stop in the eddy, turn around and take pictures of everyone coming through the rapids.

The scenery continues to get better from this point. There are some large rock overhangs of the river which make for some good pictures as well. You may see the occasion horse since there are some horse riding trails here also.

The last stop of the route is near mile marker 21-22. It is only 1 mile from the finish but its tons of fun. There is a rock planted mid-river. You can go right or left but once you get below the rock the waters swirl back towards the rock.  It creates a great place to jump off the rock safely into deeper waters. But the current pulls you right back into the back side of the rock where it is shallow and calm.  You can then repeat the leap off the rock until your heart is content. I love it……and no pictures because you must come see it for yourself! Oh and this also provides for another spot for primitive camping if you choose.

I always tell everyone to get their fill of fun because after this rock there is only maybe 1 mile remaining in the kayak tour.  Its still very scenic and dense with trees.  Here is the only place that you will see a home along the entire route. The ending boat ramp is around mile marker 23.  It is good parking lot and they even have some changing rooms to get out of your wet clothes.  Parking is $3 per person but well worth it because its safe and clean.

So that is why I love the Etowah River and especially this section of the river. I hope to see some new faces out on this trip. If at any time you would like to enjoy this route….please let me know. (678 920 3944) or email (Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com) Just mention the Etowah River.  I love introducing new people to this river. You won’t be disappointed!

Bare Foot on Bear Foot Falls

Bare Foot on Bear Foot Falls

Etowah Kayak Adventures

Etowah Kayak Adventures

Etowah River Rock Jumping

Etowah River Rock Jumping

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Tennessee River Blueway

Kayak the TN Blueway

Kayak the TN Blueway

 

 

 

 

 

It’s known as the Tennessee River Blueway, a 45 mile stretch of flatwater on the Tennessee River in southern Tennessee. It has some excellent scenery and great parks and marinas along the way, so it is an obvious ideal place for a kayak trip.  We did a shorter trip in 2014 and it was amazing. I loved the scenery and the camping on Williams Island was perfect. That is why I am quite ambitious about doing the entire 45 miles in a weekend in 2015.

Well now with a new season (2015) at Kayak Guy Atlanta and the ability to haul more kayaks, this trip is a no-brainer for one of our spring/summer excursions. The stretch runs from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam and gives kayakers some great scenery of downtown Chattanooga.  But it also has some excellent primitive camping sites along the way.  There is actually some really nice urban kayaking through Chattanooga and we found a few terrific places for grabbing some cold ones and some good food.

Williams Island provides more than adequate camping with plenty of open space. The island is huge and the camping area is a short walk from where you dock your kayaks. Fishing at the island at night could be a lot of fun. If we weren’t exhausted and short on fishing rods, I believe we could have had a field day catching catfish at night.  I have made a mental note to bring extra rods and lots of worms for this trip.

I normally leave my kayak trips open to all skill level…..but this one is 45 miles, so a strenuous paddle.  We can do it in 2 days (weekend) with some determination.  There are some excellent places to set up camp for one night. That means 20+ miles per day….a fairly ambitious but doable goal.

This post is to see who among our fellow kayakers would be interested in such a trip. So I am sending out the feelers in hopes I get a few adventurous folks to join me on this trip.  No dates have been planned yet but with your interest I promise we’ll make this happen.  Please respond to this post or email me at Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com if you are interested.  Below I posted the point by point locations along this stretch. It’ll give you an idea what you will expect. Again if you haven’t signed up to our newsletter please look to the right of the “home” page and there will be a sign up form to keep you up to date on happenings with Kayak Guy Atlanta. Thanks again and cheers!


The TN River Blueway, Point-by-Point:
471.0  Chickamauga Dam
469.0  Tennessee Riverpark (Launch)
468.0  Rivermont Park (Launch)
467.8  South Chickamauga Creek (Launch)
464.8  Downtown Chattanooga/Maclellan Island (Camp)
464.4  Coolidge Park (Launch)
463.6  Ross’ Landing (Launch)
459.0  Lookout Creek (Camp – Chattanooga Nature Center)
455.2  Williams Island 
453.3  Suck Creek Boat Ramp (Launch)
451.5  Suck Creek
447.7  Pot Point (Camp)
444.5  Prentice Cooper S.F. (Camp)
444.4  TVA Raccoon Mtn. (Launch)
440.0  Sullivan’s Landing (Launch/Store)
432.4  Oates Island (Camp – Seasonal)
431.0  Hales Bar Marina (Camp)
429.0  Marion Co. Park (Camp/Launch)
426.0  TWRA Boat Ramp (Launch)
425.5  Shellmound Rec. Area (Camp/Launch)
424.7  Nickajack Dam

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Etowah River Trip #3

Yes this was the third trip on the Etowah River in Dawsonville, GA. But man, they just seem to get better. This trip took place on a cool November 1st morning. It was chilly but we had 7 brave kayakers not afraid of a little cool weather. One so brave he decided it would be a good idea to go in the very cold water.

We started out at 10AM at the Hwy 9 bridge. Although it wasn’t the height of the leaf fall like I promised…..it was still very scenic. Minus the gunshots of the shooting range in the distance, it was one of the more peaceful tours we took. There were even two whitetail buck that we spooked along the river bank…..it looked like they came to the Etowah River for a drink and instead came across some insane kayakers.  Unfortunately, they were too fast for us to pull out our cameras and get a picture of them.

This picture to the left gives you an idea of how scenic this trip really is.  The reflection was amazing on this morning and the colors where still vibrant.

And like we normally do… at the halfway point, the crew stopped to stretch legs and hike the Bearfoot Falls.  This time we really did hike all the way to the top.  This time we found a trail that led us all the way to the top of the falls. Pretty cool I must say.

We grabbed a bite there and within 45 minutes we were back on the river. Just below that point there is the small rapids that sounds like Niagra Falls from a distance but are really pretty calm when you go through it. My wife and I had a giant 2 person sea kayak for this trip, so we dragged our way through the rapids. The others were much more graceful getting through without a single issue at all.

The only issue came when kayaker Harry decided he didn’t want to pay attention to the tree that was sprawled across the river on the right. Well most times its not the rapids that flip kayakers, its the strainers….aka trees. We this tree branch did a good job of toppling him. But he did a textbook exit from the kayak. He grabbed the tree and hung on with a terrific grip. The kayak going down stream without him.

Amazing, even though he was hanging from a limb (literally), he still had a calm, cool demeanor.  That’s a lot considering the water was very darn cold. I told him I wasn’t jumping in the cold water to save him, so he should just grab the back of our boat. (picture included below) It makes for a good picture…..sorry Harry.

The funniest part was his wife was laughing and the others were taking pictures of us. Terrible…haha. But we retrieved the kayak and emptied the water (pics also below). Luckily we were near the finish of our trip so Harry didn’t have to freeze in wet clothes for too long.

This trip was awesome. Everyone was lots of fun and I hope you all come out again.  Julie, Michelle, Cheryl, Kristi, Ang, Eric and Harry you guys rocked! Thanks a bunch.

Kristi and Eric

Kristi and Eric

Yes that is a man on the back of the kayak.

Yes that is a man on the back of the kayak.

Ducks in a row!

Ducks in a row!

Taking selfies and laughing at the drama.

Taking selfies and laughing at the drama.

emptying water!

emptying water!

Cheryl near the cliff!

Cheryl near the cliff!

Scenic Etowah

Scenic Etowah

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Boy Scout Troop 942

It was an honor to have Boy Scout Troop 942 out of Peachtree Corners join us.  They set out early morning on the date September 21, 2013. The rented my entire fleet of kayaks.  I give them credit since the weather called for heavy rains and cool temps.  But when it comes to kayaking, a little rain can’t stop them. After all they are Boy Scouts…. and they are tough young dudes.

They were total professionals, both scouts and scout leaders, and I never heard a complaint or negative word. They arrived on time and helped out with off-loading the boats and gear.  I did not kayak with them but they were in good hands with their scout leaders. I could tell they were well trained in paddling because they all handled the boats with ease.

Their trip was from Medlock Bridge Park (hwy 141) to Garrard Landing (Holcomb Bridge) which is around 6 miles.  Maybe they tried to beat the rain, but they covered 6 miles in fast times. They even were nice enough to give a “paddle by” while I took a video. The video is posted below. By the time they arrived at Garrard Landing the rain started at a steady downpour. I normally don’t like the rain all that much, but watching them having so much fun inspired me. It reminded me of my youth and I realized how many great times I had on the rivers.

So thank you Scout Troop 942, you all were great! It would be great to have you back anytime.  These guys will grow up to be great leaders in both business and family. And to quote the scout motto “keep yourself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight”. Cheers!

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Morgan Falls Overlook Park kayaking

This park is just an amazingly cool place to kayak for the day.  We arrived early enough to see the fog lifting from the Bulls Sluice Lake.  It never gets old to see that happen but you need to arrive early because it burns off fast.

Bulls Sluice lake is a must see if you haven’t been there and the best way to see it is from a kayak.  Its all flat water so it’s very safe for beginners but will provide plenty of scenery.

This event was just a great time and we did it a bit different from past events.  We started and finished at the same place.  Since it is a pretty large lake, you get plenty of places to navigate. There is open water kayaking, there are islands with shallow marshlands, and there are some large coves that provide good protection from the afternoon sun.

We had terrific new guests Jodie, Bruce, Andrew, Liv (2 years old) and Nate and they all handled their kayaks like pros.  They arrived early enough to see the morning fog and escape the afternoon sun.  Thanks again you guys, I appreciate it.  I also appreciated the cigar Nate allowed me to have.  Nothing like a good relax with a kayak and a cigar.

It also retired my iPhone to the waters of the Chattahoochee. That’s what you get when you take pictures over the open waters and don’t have a waterproof case. Anyway, it was time for a new one. So I was able to upgrade.  I try to put a positive spin on it.

The scenery at Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Bull Sluice Lake) is amazing. The wildlife is always out there. We saw beaver and happened to jump a few whitetail deer while navigating some of the small inland cut throughs. If you want to kayak here you should navigate through the islands. Its like kayaking through the Amazon but you don’t have to worry about all the jungle snakes.

In all, this place is the best for beginners.  I would definitely recommend this park if you feel a bit nervous about kayaking your first time.  But its also a very scenic park that offers tons to see and do for all skill levels.  Let us know if you want to check out the park and we’ll provide the kayaks.

Thanks again to the crew and cheers from Kayak Guy Atlanta. If you want to join us for a trip like this, call (678-920-3944) or email (Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com).

Carrying boats to the dock.

Carrying boats to the dock.

Jodie getting a quick lesson. She rocked!

Jodie getting a quick lesson. She rocked!

Enjoying a good cigar.

Enjoying a good cigar.

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Island Ford to Morgan Falls

Island cut through

Island cut through

I just wanted to thank the great crew that joined Kayak Guy Atlanta on this tour. We had a great adventure and lots of fun. The trip started at Island Ford Park in North Sandy Springs at the National Parks HQ. We ended at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. It was a total of 7-8 miles and took us around 4 hours.

The tour started with the shoals of Island Ford which can be a bit tricky to navigate.  It didn’t make it any easier when we seemed to take the “wrong” route.  If you paddle much on the Chattahoochee River you know the water levels are always changing.  Well on this day it must have been a bit lower than normal.  We reached the island and had the choice of going right or left.  I chose the right side because I listened to a fisherman say “go that way” its your easiest route.

Unfortunately, I listened to him and went right of Island Ford. ……. bad choice. We hit waters about 3 inches deep and trees in our path. But to the credit of our group, they were adventurous and thanked me later for an interesting route.  I think we all enjoyed the “wrong” route and joked it felt like the amazing race on the river. Either way we got through the low waters laughing all the way, me a bit more sheepish for leading my guests into shallow waters.

But like I said, they were an awesome crew and we got back into deeper waters below the island and continued on with our adventure. The rest of the way was a lot of calm waters so we all relaxed and had a blast.  I even met my brother from another mother……(his name was the same as my brother’s) He was a first time kayaker with us and I hope he can come back and join us again.  The rest of the crew kayaked with me before so I guess I’m not a bad guide if they came back for more.

We made a brief stop at Chattahoochee River Park for restrooms and food. After that it was another 4 miles to Morgan Falls Overlook Park.  It was a great day to kayak with temps in the 70’s approaching 80 near the end.  I think we all feel our muscles are a bit bigger after this trip. It was an endurance test and they all passed.

Thanks again to the crew and cheers from Kayak Guy Atlanta. If you want to join us for a trip like this, call (678-920-3944) or email (Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com).

Crossing under the GA 400 bridge

Crossing under the GA 400 bridge

Jason and Nate

Jason and Nate

Liz and Karen

Liz and Karen

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Garrard Landing – Island Ford (Chattahoochee River)

This tour took place on Sunday June 23rd in the early morning around 8AM.

It was just a fun kayak tour with some new faces.  This trip reminded me why I started this small business.  Our kayakers were just a pleasure to be around and they all seemed genuinely happy to be on the river.  They were so fun, we even invited them to our BBQ at our house after the tour.  I guess you make fast friends on the river.

This was my first tour of all women.  So this should be a wake up call (literally) for the guys out there.  Come on guys,  get out of that bar, so you can enjoy kayaking on the water with the good ladies.

We started this trip at Garrard Landing (Holcomb Bridge) in Roswell and traveled for 5 miles downstream to the River Parks Headquarters at Island Ford in Dunwoody.  Weather was perfect. A mostly overcast day with temperatures in the 70’s.  It is actually nice when you kayak not to have the sun beating down on you for hours on end.

This is one of the more scenic trips on the Chattahoochee River.  And with just calm waters, it would be perfect for any first time kayaker or anyone looking to take a scenic trip.  Its also amazing how fast 5 miles goes by on the river. The total time on the water was only around 2  and 1/2 hours.

Thanks again to the crew and cheers from Kayak Guy Atlanta. If you want to join us for a trip like this, call (678-920-3944) or email (Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com).

After tour photo.

After tour photo.

Maidens of the Mist

Maidens of the Mist

Group photo ladies!

Group photo ladies!

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Etowah River Hwy 9 to Kelly Bridge

Barefoot Falls

Barefoot Falls

 

 

 

 

 

This trip is one of my absolute favorite’s in all of Georgia. We had such a positive response from guests on Saturday that we decided to have one again on Sunday. I was glad to do two trips, as this is a scenic and exciting section on the Etowah River.

We started out on Sept 28, 2013 at 10AM. I still love the morning the best on the rivers.  Its cool and crisp and there are lots of wildlife to be seen.  This trip starts out at Hwy 9 in Dawsonville at a great little boat launch ramp.  From there is takes many bends and turns through the woods with plenty to see along the way.

Our group was taking in the beauty of that morning. They were also a boisterous bunch so I think we didn’t see as much wildlife but I really enjoyed them all. We had some first timers and some seasoned kayakers. They all navigated the fallen trees quite well and the small rapids were nothing to worry about. This trip is around 9 miles but it is so much fun and scenic the time flies by…..I think our total time on the river was 2  1/2 hours.

Our group of 9 kayakers found a great beachhead to stop for a stretch and some lunch around the midpoint. We were even able to see the 50 foot waterfall along the route known as Barefoot Falls. Its a really amazing waterfall. My first day’s group didn’t see it but the second day’s group stopped here. You can literally walk up the entire waterfall because it forms some great ledges to plant your foot. It makes for some amazing pictures and a great scenic backdrop to the Etowah River.

One thing we didn’t get a chance to do was swing on the rope swing at the midway point. I am a kid at heart but I don’t want to get anyone hurt along the way, so decided not to.

Overall this trip was a 10 in my book. You can’t get much better than this section of the Etowah River. It is also a good section for first timers and beginners. It requires some navigation but can be done easily. The water keeps moving so you don’t hit much slack water that slows you down. Again, thanks to all who came out and made this a great Saturday and Sunday morning.

Thanks again to the crew and cheers from Kayak Guy Atlanta. If you want to join us for a trip like this, call (678-920-3944) or email (Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com).

kayaking on the Etowah River

kayaking on the Etowah River

Etowah kayaking

Etowah kayaking

Etowah Kayaking

Etowah Kayaking

Etowah Chillin'

Etowah Chillin’

happy kayaker

happy kayaker

Ray of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

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