If you're not a local, you may not know that Georgia has great paddling spots from the mountains to the north to the coastal marshes to the south. For our list of the best kayaking in Georgia, we compiled a list of the most frequently tagged locations for kayaking across the state.
CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER: CLOSEST TO ATLANTA
The Chattahoochee River begins in Northeast Georgia and flows right down the heart of Atlanta winding down to the Gulf of Mexico. Being so close to the center-city of Atlanta, it is one of the most-visited water attractions and a huge resource for millions of Atlantas, residents and visitors alike. Activities range from fishing, paddling, and trail hiking surrounding the city.
NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER COOL RIVER TUBING SHOOT THE HOOCH
BROAD RIVER: CLOSEST TO ATHENS
The Broad River is located less than an hour from the college town of Athens, GA is a favorite among students and families alike. When the water is high, there is no place better to cruise down the river with friends and a beverage in hand. Rapids are few and far between and not all that daunting when encountered, but if you're ready for a day of relaxation, you've found your spot!
KAYAK SLOW WATER THE SANDBAR BROAD RIVER BROAD RIVER OUTPOST
ALAPAHA RIVER: REMOTE PADDLING
The Alapaha River is a good fit for a full day on the river in a remote area. You'll see fewer neighbors and get to fully enjoy the nearly 12 miles from Statenville to the end of the Upper Alapha Conservation Area in Florida. This particular route takes about 4 hours one-way with a steady paddle. Bring a friend and enjoy the ride!
SUWANEE RIVER OUTPOST / RENTAL
OKEFENOKEE SWAMP: ALLIGATOR FAVORITE
The Okefenokee Swamp is not for the feint of heart. One of the crowd favorites is Monkey Lake and if you're up for an adventure bring your fishing pole. Fishing is permitted but beware that you may meet a few sharp-toothed friends as you pull in your catch. Be prepared. This destination has an active alligator population among many other wild animals.
SUWANEE RIVER OUTPOST / RENTAL OKEFENOKEE ADVENTURES
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK LAKE: EASY ACCESS & FAMILY FUN
The Stone Mountain Park Lake surrounds the enchanting Atlanta feature of Stone Mountain. Year round families can be seen from the lake hiking to the top and there are loads of bike trails in the area as well for a day of mixed adventure. You will have to pay a parking pass and park fee if you use the lake but the adventure is worth the price. Arrive early and miss the crowds!
BRING YOUR OWN! KAYAK GUY ATLANTA
CHATTOOGA RIVER: ALL SKILL LEVELS
One of our favorite places to visit regardless of skill level is the Chattooga river. It has no man-made obstructions or dams and features several rapids including Earl's Ford (Class I-II) and Bull Sluice (Class IV). You can paddle for miles with no signs of tourists or civilation and look longingly at some of Georgia's most gorgeous nature features!
CHATTOOGA ADVENTURES WILDWATER CHATTOOGA SOUTHEASTERN EXPEDITIONS
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