Toccoa River

Suches, Georgia 30572

Toccoa River

Toccoa River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Toccoa is a delightful mountain stream that flows north out of the Chattahoochee National Forest into Tennessee. Divided by a dam that forms the reservoir at Blue Ridge Lake, the river above the dam boasts sparkling waters that tumble down mostly mild rapids.

Many paddlers have honed their whitewater skills here, while also catching the wilderness paddling bug. The Toccoa River Canoe Trail begins at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the take-out at Sandy Bottom. Some stretches of the trail pass through primitive forest, where yet-unafflicted hemlocks tower over the stream. Below the reservoir’s dam, the
river is wider and lacks significant rapids."

Toccoa River Trip Reports

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Awesome family day short walk to the swinging bridge wish the walk was longer and looped around so we didn’t see the same but was a lovely day.
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This bridge is so awesome! Short hike in to see this amazing bridge! Very cool!
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The water was around 600cfs which is high for this stretch of the river. We (my son age 23, wife and I) put in at Deep hole around 8 am. and paddled about 3 hours through a housing area to the Benton Mackaye trail's swinging foot-bridge and paused a couple of hours for lunch. After eating we scouted out the trail and the area rappids which proved to be a fantastic 2 foot drop which built into a huge wavetrain and lead into a series of small to medium sized ledges for the next few hundred yards. The rappid under the bridge was class II+ at this water level ( it ate my wifes 12' sit on top and spit her out ) but my LL remix xp10 with a spray skirt took it like ripples on a pond. the rest of the trip was sprinkled with class I and II rapids and a few miles of flat water legs before our take-out at Sandy Bottom which is on the right hand side of the river with a sandy beach, a 5' sea-wall , boat ramp and a bathroom which is visible from the river. I have paddled this river several months earlier when the water was below 200cfs and we did walk with kayaks in tow over the shallows (all 6 of us in the party ), camped below the swinging bridge at one of the primative camp sites established. Both times we had a blast just being surrounded by nature without the crowds BUT, if you can run it between 300-600cfs everyone will have a good time both casual and experienced kayakers
( If you need your auto driven to your take-out I have nothing but good things to say about Jon Ron Taccoa river outfiters, they treated me right both times )

Toccoa River Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
14.4-20 miles
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours-2 days
Suches, Noontootla, Wilscot, Blue Ridge, Mineral Bluff (USGS), Fannin (County)
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