Over the last 11 years, I’ve rafted, kayaked and backpacked along the Chattooga River in northern Georgia and South Carolina. The Chattooga is known for its whitewater and for its role in the movie Deliverance filmed along the river in the 1970s.
In 1974, the 57-mile Chattooga River was declared a National Wild and Scenic River. No motorized vehicles are allowed within a ¼-mile of the river, which means you get to haul your boat at least that far to the river to put-in. To read more about the area surrounding the Chattooga, click HERE.
If you go: I’ve had very good experiences with Southeastern Expeditions for both kayaking and rafting. They know this river intimately and their guides are experienced.
For backpacking, the Chattooga River Trail is a great hike. The Bartram Trail and the Chattooga River Trail combine for a portion of the hike. I heard that a decent trail map was about to be released covering this area. For my last backpacking trip I used a river map most of the way because it showed the trail better than anything else I could find.