Dahlonega Tubing and Kayaking

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Have you had a rough week at the office or just have that yearning to escape life in the city even for just a quick getaway weekend? The North Georgia mountains provide a great place to get away from your busy life. Want a great way to chill in the great outdoors? Try tubing and kayaking down the scenic rivers in the Dahlonega area.

A day on the river can melt away those tensions you’ve been feeling – floating down the river on a tube or kayak, letting the water do the work as you float along and enjoy nature. Put on your bathing suit, plop into your tube and take the lazy river ride down the Chestatee as many times as you like by floating, getting out at the designated point, taking a short hike with your tube up the river and getting in again. Below we provide outfitters that rent the tubes. Map below shows tubing put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

The most popular kayak float on the Chestatee River averages about two hours with normal river flow, but you can take your time and pull off along the way to rest and relax or play in the river or on the bank. There are several small sandy spots along your route. If you bring your own kayak, at the end of your float the outfitters will transport you and your kayak back to your car at the put in location for a nominal fee. Map below shows kayak put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

While tube rentals in Lumpkin County are limited to the Chestatee River near Achasta. Kayaking can be enjoyed on both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers and on the Amicalola River as well. The Etowah River is famous among kayakers for the tunnel ride. The tunnel was built during the gold mining days to divert water from the river to feed water to the water cannons used to blow away the mountain sides to expose the gold ore. The tunnel is still there and can be kayaked. Check out the youtube videos showing the ride.

South of town and west of Dawsonville is the Edge of the World trail on the Amicalola River that features class IV rapids for experienced kayakers with white water kayaks. You can hike the trail before committing to the whitewater ride. Map showing location compared to the inn https://goo.gl/maps/6vKmMJaWZCdFp34MA

Decide if you want to go tubing or kayaking and then check with the outfitters listed below. We also hope that you come and enjoy a stay with us as part of your trip. We will make sure you have comfortable accommodations and a hearty breakfast before you head out for your adventure.

Dahlonega Area Outfitters

Appalachian Outfitters provides tubing, kayak and canoe rentals and has been operating for decades from the same location. They have kayak rentals for both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers. Four options are available: Lower Chestatee is the most popular with gentle rapids and Big Bend beach; Dawson Forest is south of town and good for beginners and most remote if you want privacy; Yahoola Creek can be added to the Chestatee Leg; Upper Etowah is for more experienced kayakers with larger rapids and Etowah Falls. For more information and reservations visit their web site http://canoegeorgia.com/ or call 706-864-7117 for tubing or 706-867-7116 for kayaking information and reservations. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/TvJzDcvSGTm7FsuCA

Chestatee River Adventures is located up river from Appalachian Outfitters and rents tubes and kayaks only for the Chestatee River. If you bring your own kayak to the put in on the Chestatee by their stand, you can arrange to have them meet you at the take out when you finish your float to transport both you and your kayak back to the put in area and your car for just $5. For more information and reservations visit their web site at http://www.chestateeriveradventures.com/ or call 770-540-9950. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/vZ6CocCb2gkX7VWo9

Our local Chamber of Commerce has compiled a very complete online guide for kayaking and canoeing in the area at http://dahlonega.org/outdoor-adventures-1/canoe-kayak-tubing

For other ways to stay cool near Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/cooling-off-dahlonega/

Map Showing Tubing/Kayaking Put In and Take Out Locations on Chestatee River

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Cooling Off Near Dahlonega

Summertime heat is definitely here! Need ideas for cooling off near Dahlonega?

Our travels south to Atlanta during the summer months remind us of the difference in temperature between the Atlanta metro area and the North Georgia mountains. In Atlanta the heat from all the asphalt and buildings makes the temperatures feel much hotter. Here in the mountains, the lack of hard surfaces and buildings along with the woods usually make the temps 8-10 degrees cooler.

Why not enjoy the cooler North Georgia mountain air this summer and visit Cedar House Inn and Yurts?

We love to share the  many great ways of cooling off near Dahlonega with our summer guests.

We discovered our favorite way of cooling off near Dahlonega when we first running creek with mountainmoved to the area 18 years ago. Dick’s Creek is a favorite among the locals with numerous waterfalls and swimming holes of mountain cooled water. Bring some old towels from home and enjoy a cool swim in a mountain stream. We can show you how to get there when you check in. To see a video of this location visit Dicks Creek

Another great option for cooling off near Dahlonega is to take a kayak, canoe or tubing ride down the Chestatee River. The river is located on the way into town. Appalachian outfitters  will rent you the equipment and shuttle you back to your car. Bring some old towels to dry off.

If you come and stay with us for more than one night you may want to take a day trip to Tallulah Gorge State Park which is about an hour east of Dahlonega. If you get there early you can get a permit to wade in the river at the bottom of the gorge. This is a favorite way of cooling off for our guests who make the trip. Take some old towels to dry off. We really enjoy hiking down the gorge since it reminds us of Colorado with it’s rugged faces and scrubby trees. More information on our blog post at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/day-trip-tallulah-gorge/

Don’t let the summer heat keep you at home sitting in your air-conditioned house.

Visit us and experience the many ways of cooling off near Dahlonega.

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Ways to Cool Off in the North Georgia Mountains

With Summer here the temperatures are getting warmer and many Atlantans are thinking about a quick escape to the North Georgia mountains and wine country. Dahlonega summer attractions offer many ways to stay cool. The temperatures up here can be warm as well but tend to be a little cooler than the city and suburbs. We don’t have all that asphalt and buildings to soak up and retain the heat. The forests provide mother nature’s air conditioning.

While visiting Cedar House Inn and Yurts many guests find outdoor activities are the perfect way to stay cool. Some choose to hike on the Appalachian Trail where cool breezes always seem to blow. Favorite hikes are Preacher’s Rock near Woody Gap and Blood Mountain. We have a short video showing Preacher’s Rock on our YouTube channel here.. Which Dahlonega summer attraction would you prefer?

Another option for staying cool is tubing down the Chestatee River or kayaking/canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers. Appalachian Outfitters rents tubes and kayaks and provides shuttle services. Bring your own kayak and they will shuttle you for a fee. For more information read our tubing and kayaking post.

If you want to get really wet bring some old towels for drying off and head up the mountain from the inn to Dick’s Creek. This is a favorite swimming hole and Dahlonega summer attraction with the locals so it may be busy on weekends. The creek features cold refreshing water that cascades down waterfalls into deep pools that are great for swimming. Some of the more daring types like to jump off the sides into the pools of water. You can watch a short video of the swimming hole at the bottom of the page.

Several weeks ago we took a hike for the first time to Raven Cliff Falls which is northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway near Helen. The 2.5 mile trail is along a roaring creek. At the beginning of the trail is a deep pool of water with a rope swing. Guests told us they saw people wading around Raven Cliffs Falls. Bring some old towels and check it out. We also have videos of our hike on the You Tube channel.

If you are really looking for a thrill check out North Georgia’s zip lines. They are a favorite Dahlonega summer attraction for many guests. Helen and Amicalola Falls offer zip lines. Also the first alpine coaster in Georgia opened in Helen on Main Street in June 2019 and is open 7 days a week.

One is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen and features the longest dual zip line in Georgia. The longest zip is almost 1/2 mile and reaches speeds up to 55 mph. That will cool you off and provide a thrill. Check out our zip line blog post.

The State parks at Unicoi and Amicalola are also offering zip lines. Come stay with us, stay cool and enjoy the Dahlonega summer attractions.

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