EVENT DETAILS: Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, it gets hotter…but we’ll cool off in the river and its tributaries as we make a 12-mile run on an historic section of the river featuring Bushhead and Daniel shoals and Hilly Mill and Redbone Creek Falls. The 11-mile bike ride explores backroads of Heard counties. We’ll start by dropping our boats at historic Hollingsworth Ferry and then drive our vehicles to Franklin’s boat ramp. From there we’ll cycle back to Hollingsworth Ferry to begin our paddle. Georgia River Network will then shuttle bicycles from Hollingsworth Ferry to Franklin.
Registration Fees: $60 ADULTS/$30 17 & UNDER
Registration fees include shuttle service, river map/guide, liability insurance fees, on-river guide and sag vehicle.
Event Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cycling: Our pedal route runs on lightly-traveled roads with nearly half the journey on improved dirt roads (road bikes are not recommended for this trip) A sag vehicle will bring up the rear for safety. The 11.2-mile route takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.
Paddling: The paddle route is Class I-II water with two significant shoals–Bushhead Shoals and Daniel Shoals. Bushhead Shoals is a series of small ledges. Daniel Shoals, a borderline Class II shoal, is the most challenging rapid on the Chattahoochee downstream of Peachtree Creek in Atlanta. Safety boaters will be stationed here to direct paddlers to the best route to navigate this 2-foot ledge. Arrangements may also be made to visit Hilly Mill Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the creek of the same name located a short distance from the creek’s confluence with the river. The 12.2-mile route will take between 5 and 7 hours to complete.
Boat Rentals: Need a boat? We’ve got ’em. Tandem sit in kayaks and solo sit on top kayaks are available. You can reserve your boat when you register.
What if I Don’t Want to Bicycle? Bicycling is not mandatory. You are welcome to participate in the paddle, but you will need to arrange your own shuttle with members of your household or other individuals who you associate with regularly. Remember, the reason we do the bicycle shuttles is to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus by putting people from different households in vehicles together.
COVID-19 Protocols: All participants must follow social-distancing guidelines. This includes wearing face coverings during times at the launch site, take out site and other locations during the event in which appropriate social distancing is not possible. Additionally, we participants must…
Not share equipment, food, water and other supplies.
Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times when not wearing face coverings.
Maintain strict hygiene by washing or disinfecting hands frequently; do not touch eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
Finally, do not participate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you are feeling ill. Full refunds will be provided.
Once you are registered, complete logistical details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.