Etowah River

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

Etowah River

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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
5 hours
Creek float on intimate, clear-green waterway in state forest. Gradient is 4.7 feet per mile. Etowah River at Highway 9 near Dawsonville; minimum runnable level 110 cfs.
Tidal Information
March to November
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Dawson State Forest, 2150 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501; (770) 535-5700;
Local Contacts
USGS: Coal Mountain, Matt; DeLorme: Georgia Atlas and Gazetteer, page 20; Dawson State Forest map
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Dec 2018