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Cartecay River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: Feb. 2001
Nearest City: Ellijay, GA
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Submitted by: Paul Spears


This is the absolute best water I have found to Kayak on for a beginner like myself. If you are plan to Canoe It may be difficult on the largest rapid but fun.. The water is calm to start with and near the end you hit several class II and Class III rapids.. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is up for a little challenge. We made the run in February so it was real real cold. The scenery is breath taking especially around blackberry mountain. I can't wait to go back.

Outfitting: has everything you will need.


Driving Directions from Atlanta, GA Take I-575 North until it turns into APD Highway 515. Follow until you come to Elijay. Continue through 2 lights in town, once heading out of town you will see the turn-off on the right for Hwy. 52 East, turn right and follow exit to 52. You'll be looking at an antique shop. Turn Left. Go east on Highway 52 approximately 4.5 miles and look for an Apple Stand on your right at the top of a hill. Turn right onto Lower Cartecay Rd. Go 3/4 mi. and Adventure Trail is on the right.

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