Georgia rafting takes place mainly on one river; however, there are several rivers that offer plenty of chances for whitewater trips through the state. With rapids classes ranging over a variety of expertise levels, Georgia white water rafting can appeal to every paddler, from the moderate Class II to the wilder Class IV rapids. A Georgia rafting trip can be the perfect summer getaway if you’re looking to spend some time on the water and away from the bigger crowds along the Barrier Islands.
There are several rivers that are used for Georgia rafting trips, but the Chattooga River is by far the most popular. The Chattooga runs along the border between Georgia and South Carolina, with several stretches of rapids along the way; for instance, there is a Class IV area that drops 75 feet a quarter of a mile. Although this is section 4 is the most well known for the steep drop over Entrance, Jawbone, Crack-In-the-Rock, Sock-Em Dog, and Corkscrew, section 3 is the most popular stretch, with Class III and Class IV rapids, meaning it’s best suited to intermediate rafters. If you’re a beginner, Section II is the best place to go, as there are calm rapids. It’s also the best place to be if you’re looking to take a peaceful float along the river rather than an exhilarating trip through the white waters. The Chattooga is designated as a National Wild and Scenic river because of its beautiful setting and the rich history of the region.
Another choice for Georgia rafting is the Chattahoochee River, which can barely be classified as whitewater rafting, as much of the experience is based upon water releases from the dams that are situated upstream. Rafting on the Chattahoochee River is an excellent choice for beginners, as even with water releases, the rapids reach heights of Class I and Class II. On the days that releases are suspended, you’ll see very little movement in the water, though rafters and boaters can enjoy a very calm and pleasant float down the water.
In addition to rafting, just about anyone can rent or bring their own watercraft and dabble in a bit of rowing on a boat, kayak, standard and inflatable, as well as inner tubes, all most desirable in the warm months of summer. Other activities that can be experienced while Georgia rafting include camping, hiking excursions, biking, and horseback riding. While many adventurers will set out on an excursion just about any time of the year, the highest water flows and the most agreeable weather tends to gravitate towards the late spring, summer, and early autumn.
When planning for a Georgia rafting trip in the Chattooga River or in one of the other rivers of lesser popularity, preparation is an essential part of ensuring a safe and exciting experience. From South Georgia to North Georgia rafting, an exhilarating experience awaits rafters of all levels of expertise. If you spend time in North Georgia you can also add hiking trips through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachians to your list of things to do.
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