As of the Winter of 2002 the upper 2 miles is still choked up with wood. 4 spots are completly choked. The most dangerous is just after the split to the right. Many portages and limbos if you run this one. Most of the rapids are clear except for a few.
Thanks to a few boaters from Atlanta Patagonia for the work they have done. Locals are slowly making progress on the upper 2 miles.
Local Expert Simon Bishop.
From Atlanta take I-75 north to Highway 411 north to Chatsworth. In Chatsworth go east on Highway 52 for about 2 miles, then north on Holly Creek Road. Holly Creek Road deadends into Ccc Camp Rd. Go right (east) on Ccc Camp Road into the Cohutta Wilderness. The road will turn to dirt when you cross into the wilderness area. Holly Creek will run alongside the road.
The take-out will be a large marked parking area where the road turns away from the river. The put-in will be the second bridge crossing upstream.
Other runs close by include:Conasauga RiverJacks River
and the Ocoee.
The Hike up section is good to go all the way down to 250cfs. Its probably not worth it to travel to this creek at this level, but its close to me so its great for an afternoon run. At this level there isn't push, however Im a big guy and didn't have to wheelchair. At this level make sure to boof heading right at Turkey Drop and land in the slot sideways going right at Turkeys Turn by driving up on the shelf on the right. -Zach F.
The gauge is off a bit due to its location. Paddled the whole section today and the gauge is reading that the water is coming up currently (6:30) and we left about and hour ago and the water had peaked and was falling. So don't go by the gauge you have to scout it out yourself and make your own calculations. Great day on the water!!
Went to Holly Creek today around 4:45. Gauge was reading 1520 @ 4:00. Walked up the park-n-huck trail to the split. Mucho Grande !! 1400 @ peak would be good to go. 1500 and rising is definitely pushing the limits of sanity! Ran it @ 1200 2 wks ago awesome level!
Ran Holly Creek(park n huck) @ approx. 400cfs water was rising but peaked just above 400. Level was o.k. most certainly would have enjoyed more water. Some wheelchairing, one portage, but still fun. No major strainers, very clean, lets keep it that way!
On 11/26/04 I went to Holly Creek. The USGS Holly Creek at Chatsworth gage read 400 cfs (falling) and the paddlers take-out gage read 5". Waaayyy too low to run this section. The "park-n-huck" stuff 1/4 mile above the put-in was ELF (Extremely Low Flow).
On 2/22/05 the USGS Holly Creek gage (Falling) read 1100 with the Holly Creek paddler's gage at 1 foot. A good level.
On 2/21/05 the creek was flooding: over the road and just under the gage bridge when the USGS Holly gage was only 912 cfs (but rising fast).
Minimum levels for Holly Creek are very dependant on whether the level is rising or falling on the USGS Gage. It sounds like 400 cfs might be a good minimum level if Holly Creek is rising quickly. If Holly is falling 800 might be minimum.
If you run Holly, please check the bridge gage and report your Date, Time and Levels to H2OLevelCheck@boatingbeta.com
The gauge is located on the bridge just before you come to the takeout. Park on the right before the bridge and look on the upstream river right bridge pillar. The minimum is around 1.0.
The Max is unknown.
USGS has added an online gauge for
This is a fairly new gauge, please add observations in the comments section below! The USGS gauge is located about 2 miles south of Chattsworth near Hwy 411 and about 12 miles south of the Holly takeout.
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Hand Paddling Holly Creek
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Turkey Turn Collage
Holly Creek from Below
Drop Above Turkey
Big House Steve Bombs Holly Creek
Typical Holly Creek Drop
First Park and Huck Rapid
 Turkey Turn
 Ledge above Turkey Turn at high water
Ledge above Turkey Split
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