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Difficulty IV-V+
Length 6.2 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/25/2011 10:07 pm

River Description

Start in Alabama. Most of the run is in Georgia. Finish in Tennessee.
This one was listed in 2001. First run to my knowledge in March 2011.

There is a 40 foot waterfall in there.

The steepest gradient is in the first mile, in "Punchbowl Gulf." The creek then runs through "Castle Rock Gulf" (still pretty steep), until the confluence in Georgia with Class III+ Cole City Creek. The run through Cole City Gulf is much less steep.

From the Cole City Creek description: 
For the takeout I recommend driving up Nickajack Road over the bridge and continuing on when the road turns to dirt. Eventually the road will come to a wide spot right beside the river. This appeared to be the best takeout.


For more information please click on the link below.


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Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, dies

Charlie Walbridge

Claude Terry, paddler, outfitter, and conservationist, died on November 20th, 2019. He was 83. A microbiologist by training, Terry began paddling in the mid-1960's while a professor at Emory University. He took to whitewater readily, and it became an important focus of his life. In 1969 he met veteran paddler Doug Woodward, and in 1971 the two became the technical advisers for the movie “Deliverance.” Afterwards, Terry and Woodward purchased the rafts Warner Brothers used in filming and bought 19 acres near the river. This became Southeastern Expeditions, one of the Southeast’s first whitewater outposts on the Chattooga. In 1974, Terry took then-Gov. Jimmy Carter on three trips on the Chatooga River, totaling 57 miles. This inspired Carter to get the Chattooga included in the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and influenced later decisions protecting rivers across the U.S.“Terry adopted me as one of his students,” Carter told Outside Online in a 2017 interview. “it opened my eyes to the relationship between a human being and a wild river that I never had contemplated before that. When I got to be president I vetoed 16 different dam projects all over the United States.” Terry eventually quit his Emory University job and started full time career in environmental advocacy, including founding American Rivers, a principal U.S. conservation group. For the next 30 years he specialized in environmental projects involving rivers and wetlands and later, when he became a board-certified toxicologist, he developed an expertise in hazardous waste cleanups. He was an active paddler until sidelined by Parkinson's Disease. A passionate teacher and advocate, he is sorely missed by all who knew him. Click through for an excellent obituary and a photo of Terry taking Governor Carter over Bull Sluice!


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1199693 03/25/11 mark cumnock clean up format and added link
1199576 03/10/11 Matt Muir Added some description, lynx, and abstract.
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