The Wild and scenic Chattooga River delivers challenging whitewater rapids in an unmatched wilderness setting. Flowing only 57 miles, but hugging the rocky spine of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, the river drops dramatically along its length. Rafting, canoe, and kayaking trips promise exhilarating thrills along the river’s Class III and IV rapids.
Born in springs and rivulets high on the south side of Whiteside Mountain, near Cashiers, NC, the Chattooga River flows some 50 miles south-southwest forming the border between Georgia and Oconee County, South Carolina, ending at Lake Tugaloo, dropping from 3,000 feet to 950 feet.
From there, water flows into the Tugaloo River, on into Lake Hartwell, joins with Lake Keowee and flows south to the ocean as the Savannah River.
The Chattooga has been designated a Wild and Scenic River since the early 1970’s when it was determined the Chattooga should be maintained in its natural state for the use and pleasure of current and future generations since there were so few beautiful, untouched rivers left, particularly in the Southeast. Under the management of the U.S. Forest Service, the area is strictly monitored and regulated to ensure its continuance as a place of natural beauty.
Three professional tour outfitters, operating March – October, have introduced thousands to the fun of whitewater adventures and others are located just minutes from Clayton.