Nottely River

Blairsville, Georgia 30514

Nottely River

Nottely River Professional Review and Guide

"The Nottely River is a hospitable, small stream with its headwaters high in the mountains of Union County southeast of Blairsville. It flows northwestward across the county and is the major source stream for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nottely Lake.

Vistas of mountain farmland on both sides of the river frequently give way to houses and businesses located near and sometimes almost in the river. Most of the river’s mild rapids are located in the first 2 miles; the deepest woodlands are found in the final 2 miles above the lake. The river is named for an early Cherokee Indian settlement on the stream near the current Georgia–North Carolina border."

Nottely River Reviews

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Water was up, and had a nice two-hour paddle from Hwy 180 bridge to Hutson Road bridge. Two strainers to watch for early in the trip: one single tree (recent fall) just past Choestoe Village. Easily managed -- boats and passengers could both slip under (depending on water level - might have to go over). The second hazard was HUGE, however - dam of logs and debris blocking the entire river. Possible beaver ingenuity here. Only passage is to the far right and required passing boats manually over the downed trees. Smooth paddling thereafter!
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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours
Coosa Bald, Mulky Gap, Blairsville, Nottely Dam (USGS); Union (County)
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Jul 2018