Water Trails & Paddling

Etowah River Water Trail

Water Trail Information

The Etowah River Water Trail stretches 163 miles from Lumpkin County in north Central Georgia to Floyd County in Northwest Georgia passing through or near the towns of Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Cumming, Canton, Cartersville, Euharlee and Rome.

The Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders Group, a consortium of local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals is working to coordinate further development of the trail by installing information kiosks/maps at established public access points, erecting road signage directing paddlers to access points and assisting local governments with the construction of new public access points.

Learn even more about points of interest along the river, see the latest data from water gauges and access a handy guide to wildlife in the area on the Georgia River Guide app

River Basin

Etowah River

163 miles

Classification of Trail
Mostly flatwater with some sections including Class I-II rapids, with one optional Class IV rapid


Appalachian Outfitters
2084 South Chestatee/Highway 60
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
706.864.7117 / 800.426.7117

Coosa River Basin Initiative
408 Broad St.
Rome, GA 30161

Euharlee Creek Outfitters
102 Covered Bridge Rd
Euharlee, GA 30120

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 2417
Cumming, GA

The Outside World
471 Quill Drive
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Guide Book
Etowah River User’s Guide

Partnering Organizations
Bartow, Forsyth, Cherokee, Dawson, Floyd Counties, Cities of Canton, Cartersville, Euharlee and Rome.
Coosa River Basin Initiative, Upper Etowah River Alliance, Georgia Canoeing Association

Nearest Population Center
Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Cumming, Canton, Cartersville, Euharlee and Rome

Georgia River Network

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | info@garivers.org

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