Etowah River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The intimate Etowah courses through Dawson State Forest, availing a protected corridor with mountain scenery and vegetation along banks 10 to 15 feet high. This is one of the best paddles in North Georgia. The tree-canopied, clear-green waters drop gently over rocks, rifﬂes, and logs, with no rough rapids. Since this is state land, canoe camping is a possibility.
The Etowah is narrow—30 or 40 feet wide—with high, wooded banks of sand, rock, and soil. Sycamore, ash, and river birch shade the river, along with ironwood. Beard cane forms thick walls in places. Occasional clearings and breaks in the canopy brighten the river corridor. The few upstream sandbars glitter with the pyrite, or fool’s gold, characteristic of the North Georgia mountains."