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).