I have been patiently awaiting this trip. We needed some rains to bring the water levels to a good range. Alas! We can paddle the amazing and scenic Toccoa River from Deep Hole campground to Sandy Bottom campground in Blue Ridge, GA.
It is a favorite paddle of mine. Lots of diversity with a nice change of scenery around every river bend. It’s a bit of a long paddle at 13 miles but well worth it if you haven’t yet done it. We’ll make day of it. It normally takes around 4-5 hours, so this isn’t for beginners. I have taken beginners in the past, but the distance and speed isn’t normally suited for first time kayaker’s. There are also some Class II-III rapids that provide some fun and entertainment.
So this Saturday November 4th, 2017 at 10:30am, we will be meeting at Sandy Bottom campsite. The GPS coordinates are 34.786340, -84.239674 (7947 Old Dial Road, Morganton GA) This is a great meeting point. It is a dirt road parking area. Its called Sandy Bottoms Canoe Access.
It will be the end of our kayak trip. From here we will jump into my car and transport upriver 13 miles to our put-in location at Deep Hole Campground. This is a scenic kayak/canoe launch in the Chattahoochee National Forest and makes for an easy access starting point. There is a parking fee of $3 here.
Since it’s a long trip, be sure to bring food, beverage, change of clothes, sunscreen, and a good dry bags (or ziplock bag) to store your electronics. We will likely stop at Toccoa Swinging Bridge for lunch. Another great part of this trip. This bridge is literally the longest swinging bridge (270 ft) east of the Mississippi River. It makes for some great lunch spots after you shoot the Class 2 rapids. You will likely get slightly wet here, so be prepared.
Since this trip is 4-5 hours, we will likely finish at Sandy Bottom around 4-5PM. The weather looks amazing on Saturday (sunny 75) but it may be somewhat cool at the end of our trip. Be sure to be prepared for all types of weather. A change of clothing is a great idea. You will get wet to some extent.
Sandy Bottom (the end of our trip) has bathrooms, so you can change into dry clothes here. Depending on a few things, we may even go to Toccoa Riverside Restaurant after our long day on the river. It’s a great restaurant with a great backyard and plenty of TV screens.
I hope to see you out there. This is an excellent kayak trip and look forward to meeting you!
Price for a single kayak is $40 (no tandems available) and includes paddle, life jacket, and obviously the kayak.
In order to reserve a kayak for this trip please call/text 678-920-3944 or email me at Scott@KayakGuyAtlanta.com. Thanks again and cheers!
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