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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 364 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/16/2010 11:20 pm

River Description

The upper reaches of the Tallulah are better suited for trout fishing than whitewater boating. But at higher flows it could be a pleasant canoeing stream. Just be careful not to drift into the nasty stuff below this stretch.

In the upper stretch the waters are mostly class two, similar to the Nantahala. There is the occasional borderline class three drop. The entire run is within sight of the road.

At the end of the road in North Carolina the gradient starts to pick up, but the drainage is very small. There is the possiblity of hiking your boat up the trail for some exploratory creeking.....

If this stretch is not running and you are looking for something of similar difficulty try Section 2 of the Chattooga.

From Clayton go West on US 76. Take a right (North) on Persimmon Road. Go a few miles then take a left (West) on Tallulah River Road. At some point Tallulah River Road turns into Tate City Road. Continue to drive upstream 'til you see big drops. Drive up past the scary stuff and use the campground above it as the take-out. For the put-in keep driving upstream 'til the road ends.

Lat/longitude coords are very approximate.












Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The USGS gauge is way downstream of this stretch. Just guessing that 600 cfs would be a minimum flow. If you really want to run it the best bet is drive up and take a look.

Directions Description

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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!


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193468 10/13/03 n/a n/a
1197831 06/16/10 Matt Muir Added lynx to other runs.
1197830 06/16/10 Matt Muir Fixed erroneous takeout coords.
1197832 06/16/10 Matt Muir Added live link to downstream reach.