River Rafting in the Northeast Georgia Mountains

Whatever direction you head from Lucille’s, you’ll find beautiful rivers coursing through the mountains. Come summer, these waters become a pathway to fun for rafters of all ages. Whether you like gentle waters or raging rapids, you’ll find a river to match your mood.

GROUP OF PEOPLE PADDLING IN A RAFT ON THE RIVER.The Chattoga River gained fame in the movie, “Deliverance,” and was later named one of our nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers. That makes it a must for anyone wishing a white-knuckle ride. Located northeast of Helen, Georgia (about a 40-minute drive from the Inn), the river thrills with wild rides, such as the five falls area featuring Class V rapids . There are a few gentler Class II and III areas, but the bulk of the river is for more experienced rafters.

Close to home, the Chattahoochee River, which runs right through Helen, provides a mellow ride, making it a great choice for all ages. Though there can be an occasional rush over the dam causing the rapids to increase in size, there’s a warning signal that will sound, alerting riders to get to shore if they want to avoid it.

Looking for a lazy day float? Try the Soque River, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, and also just minutes from the Inn. The pretty waters are slow and steady, offering a relaxing trip along Class I waters. Hook up with the main river and you can extend your ride into an all-day event.

Up near Tallulah Gorge, the Tallulah River has two sections that are a good challenge for intermediate and experienced riders. A four-mile run that ends at Tallulah Falls Lake features Class II and III rapids. The 2.5-mile stretch from the gorge to Lake Tugaloo is a favorite for advanced riders, with all class IV and V rapids.

Two local rafting companies provide a variety of guided trips, a great way for guests to get experience rafting in our area. In business since 1972, Southeastern Expeditions is the go-to company for trips on the Chattoga River. It offers several packages for different levels, including the Section IV trip, a 7-hour paddle that has the most intense rapids east of the Mississippi. Wildwood Outfitters offers trips along the 36-mile Upper Chatthoochee River Water Trail. This is a milder journey, with a few Class III rapids–good for those who want to experience white water rafting, but mostly want a lovely float with gorgeous scenery.

Southeastern Expeditions
7350 Highway 76E, Clayton, GA

Wildwood Outfitters
26 Megan Drive, Cleveland, GA

After a day rafting, wouldn’t a soothing massage be nice? You can enjoy that and many other delightful extras here at Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa. Call today to book your stay!