Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dahlonega

Etowah River Water Trail

Etowah River
Dahlonega, GA 30533


With the exception of the upper reaches of the river (Hightower and Etowah Falls sections), Etowah river is rated as a Class I river with faltwater interupted occasionally by small shoals and rapids and is suitable for novice paddlers. Scenery along the river ranges from wild (Headwaters, Dawson Forest and other sections) as it winds through national forests and state wildlife management areas to rural (Big Savannah, Reynolds Bend and other sections) and even urban (Rome). The river is home to more Native American fish weirs than are found on all other Georgia rivers combined and historic sites, including the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, dot its banks from Dawsonville to Rome. The river is biologically diverse harboring 76 native fish species. The river passes through three state wildlife management areas (Dawson Forest, McGraw Ford and Allatoona), the Chattahoochee National Forest and numerous local parks.

Be safe and only paddle only during daylight hours.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    Adults (18+)

    Adults (21+)

    Kids (5-8)

    Seniors (55+)

    Teens (13-18)

    Tweens (9-12)