Four great river trips to Canoe or Kayak.

Find your next outdoor adventure on any of our river trips.

From first-time paddlers to those who prefer more of an adrenaline rush from the rapids, all levels of experience will find their own adventure at Appalachian Outfitters.

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LOWER CHESTATEE

Most Popular, Gentle Rapids, Big Bend Beach

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DAWSON FOREST

Great for first-time paddlers, most remote

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YAHOOLA CREEK

Adds a beautiful stretch to the Chestatee Trip

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UPPER ETOWAH

More Technical, Larger Rapids, Etowah Falls

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Canoeing or Kayaking
Seasonal Hours

  1. Closed - We do accomodate pre-arranged trips for large groups during the off-season
  2. Open - Saturday & Sunday

    Office Hours:
    Weekends from 9am to 3pm
  3. Open - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

    Office Hours:
    Weekdays from 10am to 3pm
    Weekends from 9am to 3pm
  4. Open - Everyday

    Office Hours:
    Weekdays from 10am to 3pm
    Weekends from 9am to 3pm
  5. Open - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

    Office Hours:
    Weekdays from 10am to 3pm
    Weekends from 9am to 3pm
  6. Open - Saturday & Sunday

    Office Hours:
    Weekends from 9am to 3pm
  7. Office Hours:
    Open - Saturday & Sunday BY RESERVATION ONLY
  8. Closed - We do accomodate pre-arranged trips for large groups during the off-season

Available options for
Canoeing & Kayaking

Find the perfect boat that fits your needs. From single kayaks to two-person canoes, we offer seven boat options, which are sure to provide you with the most comfortable and enjoyable trip.

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Lower Chestatee River Trip

Float along the river’s quiet beauty as a pleasant getaway from everyday life. The trip downstream from our outpost is the most popular trip, especially for first-time paddlers and kayakers, families and large groups. There are several exciting, yet gentle rapids, great scenery and good fishing – truly something for everyone. Make your reservation today and be one step closer to your outdoor adventure.

USGS River Level Report

Current River Level: in-season

Trips depart from the Dahlonega Outpost

Walk-ins are welcome on this trip. However on summer weekends and holidays, we recommend making a reservation several days in advance.

Distance

6 MILES

Trip Time

AVERAGE OF 2 1/2 HOURS

Difficulty

BEGINNER (CLASS 1)

Miniumum Age

5 YEARS OLD

One Person Boat

$28.00 EACH

Two Person Boat

$43.00 EACH

Personal Boat
Shuttle

$10.00
PER VEHICLE

Trips Depart

WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 10 AM TO 3 PM

WEEKENDS BETWEEN 9 AM TO 3 PM

Dawson Forest River Trip

If you’re looking to spend the day paddling a quiet river, then this is the trip for you. Our longest and most remote river trip, this section of the Etowah is an excellent choice for even first-time paddlers. Available to groups of 4 or more, this trip offers the chance to experience one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world as it wanders through the 10,000 acres, Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

USGS River Level Report

Current River Level: in-season

Trips depart from the Dawson Forest Outpost

This trip is only ran by reservation, so it is very important to call a few days in advance an set up your trip.

Distance

8 MILES

Trip Time

AVERAGE OF 4 HOURS

Difficulty

BEGINNER (CLASS 1)

Miniumum Age

5 YEARS OLD

One Person Boat

$40.00 EACH

Two Person Boat

$60.00 EACH

Perosnal Boat
Shuttle

$15.00 PER CANOE
$10.00 PER KAYAK

Trip Times

BY RESERVATION ONLY

AT 10 AM & 12 PM DAILY

Yahoola Creek River Trip

Cruise down Yahoola Creek, a beautiful one hour stretch just before joining up with our Chestatee River trip. Available during the higher rainfall seasons, this trip begins 2 ½ miles above Appalachian Outfitter’s Outpost on Yahoola Creek. Fun & adventurous – this trip is for everyone!

USGS River Level Report

Current River Level: in-season

Trips depart from the Dahlonega Outpost

Walk-ins are welcome on this trip. However on summer weekends & holidays,
we recommend making a reservation several days in advance.

Distance

8 MILES

Trip Time

AVERAGE OF 3 1/2 HOURS

Difficulty

BEGINNER (CLASS 1)

Miniumum Weight

60 Pounds

One Person Kayak

$35.00 EACH

Perosnal Boat
Shuttle

$15.00
PER VEHICLE

Trips Depart

WEEKDAYS HOURLY 10 AM TO 2 PM

WEEKENDS HOURLY 9 AM TO 2 PM

Upper Etowah River Trip

Are you ready to kick up your adventure level? Take the Etowah River trip for more challenging rapids, incredible scenery, a place to fish. Also, this trip offers a short portage around the 10-foot drop of spectacular Etowah Falls (a great place for a picnic lunch.) We recommend previous canoeing or kayaking experience to fully enjoy the shoals on this moderately challenging trip.

USGS River Level Report

Current River Level: out-of-season

Trips depart from the Dahlonega Outpost

This trip departs at 11 am each day, so please call in advance to set up this river trip.

Distance

8 MILES

Trip Time

AVERAGE OF 3 1/2 HOURS

Difficulty

EXPERIENCE BEGINNER (CLASS 2)

Miniumum Age

8 YEARS OLD

One Person Kayak

$38.00 EACH

Two Person Canoe

$53.00 EACH

Perosnal Boat
Shuttle

$20.00 PER CANOE
$15.00 PER KAYAK

Trip Depart

11:00AM (SEASONAL)