Formed by the fabled Chattooga and Tallulah rivers in far Northeast Georgia, the Tugaloo’s life as a free-flowing river is short, thanks to Hartwell and Yonah dams, but in that short run it packs a beautiful punch. That’s why local boosters have long promoted the Tugaloo River Water Trail as a premiere paddling destination. This 10-mile route begins near the base of Yonah Dam and takes in the river’s last free-flowing miles before entering the backwaters of Lake Hartwell. Beautiful scenery along the river itself and a top notch side trip up Longnose Creek to visit the spectacular falls on this tributary make this a paddle to remember (as does the uniquely-built home overlooking the falls!). Registration fees range from $35-$70 and include guide and shuttle services, river maps, educational programs and lots of good times. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional fees.
Check out the paddle route below!