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Chattooga River: Section 2

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Chattooga River: Section 2

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 7.0 miles
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

Experience the beauty of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Section 2 is a good beginner whitewater section with class I and II rapids. 

Access
Put in:
Highway 28 Access
Access Details

About 1.5 miles before crossing the Chattooga River into Georgia, the Highway 28 River Access is on the left. 

Take out:
Earls Ford Access
Access Details

Earls Ford has a trailhead, river access, and camping access. When taking out at Earls Ford, look for two trails at the rocky beach area. The downstream trail is the one that leads to the parking lot. 

Trip Details

This section of the Chattooga lets more novice paddlers experience the wild and scenic beauty of the Chattooga. Class I and II rapids are dispersed among big, deep pools of crystal clear water. This 7 mile run is a good day trip with opportunities to stop and picnic on large boulders, or stop to fish for trout. The Chattooga has excellent opportunities for fishing, camping, and hiking.

The Chattooga, a designated National Wild and Scenic River, is recognized as one of the Southeast's premier whitewater rivers, dropping almost 1/2-mile in elevation from the headwaters in North Carolina. The river is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams (there are no dams along its course) in the Southeast. The Chattooga offers outstanding scenery, ranging from thundering falls and twisting rock-choked channels to narrow, cliff-enclosed deep pools. The setting is primitive; dense forests and undeveloped shorelines characterize the primitive nature of the area. 

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