**********DO NOT attempt to scout Cannon falls unless you are boating on the creek. All trails surrounding the area are private property and should not be used by boaters! Failure to do this could result in losing access to the wonderful creek!**********
Frogtown Creek is a waterfall laden steep creek. At least one of the falls was run back in the late 80's and Neil Frost, who lives along the river, says all have been run.
The creek starts and ends on US 19/129 as the road curves up Blood Mountain through the Blue Ridge range of the southern Appalachians. The takeout is at Turner's Corner on the Chestatee River.
Be careful of the three rather large drops on this run and please note that much of Frogtown Ceek is on private property. Many of the property owners do not care for boaters, especially those who trespass on their property.
There are three possible put-ins:
1. The best option is a very short road off Highway 19/129 2.5 miles north of Turner's Corner. There is parking on the short dirt road and along the highway, the carry is short and the bank is minimal.
2. There is an alternate put-in at a small, primitive campground accessed via a short road from Highway 19/129 1.65 miles north of Turner's Corner. The road is passable only to high-clearance 4WD vehicles, the carry from the highway is a couple of hundred yards and parking along the highway is minimal.
3. The bridge on Edwards Parkway (turn left off Highway 19/129 1.5 miles north of Turner's Corner and go 0.4 mile to the bridge) can be used for a drop-and-drive access, but do not leave a vehicle parked: there is no parking area and the surrounding property is all private.
4. Here is a link to a video that walks through the largest rapids on the river
This rapid starts in a low angled slide and ends in an unique cross flow boof. Where you boof from one flow into a strong current going to opposite direction. Start left and drive right.
A set of slides ending in 5 foot ledge type boof. Eddy on right at bottem to get out and scout Boulder drop.
This is the trickiest move on the run. Start left and drive right, but not too right or you will end up in the rhodo below. After this double boof there is a slide that ends is a hole that can be sticky a certain levels.
This rapid goes directly into Hallway.
This rapid is my personal favorite. It starts where the boulder drop ends. It consists of a three tiered slide with several holes and eddies throughout. This is a fast one. At the end get left.
This rapid is a long boulder garden. The best way I have found to run it is to start on the right near the top and slowly work left, and then back to the right at the end. This rapid used to have a metal walking bridge which made it a mandatory portage, but this hazard has since been removed and this rapid is now runnable. Wood tends to build up in this rapid so just be cautious.
This is a mile long section of fast moving slack water in between the two gorges. Watch out for a rope that is strung across the river at waist height.
This rapid has two lines, The left side is a low angled slide into a steep 10 foot slide with a piton in the center.
This line starts on the low angled slide and then drops off a 10 foot drop, which can be boofed. (this boof is located on the left side of this photo)
This is a 12 foot drop directly above the 40 foot cannon falls. This one can be run anywhere but beware the hole at higher levels.
This is the signature drop of the run. It's about 40 feet tall with a gently graded slope at the top to ease you into vertical. A little bit of California on the east coast.
In the boogie water after hallway on river right is a severely undercut rock. On 2/8/2020 a boater in his boat was pinned under the rock for an extended period. It was a very close call.
please don't leave cars at the steel bridge put in park at the highway and walk down it is not far and it won't get access shut down-be responsible or use the legal put in farther up
got on yesterday chestatee was at about 1000 and i would call it minimum
got on it 2/5/09-chestatee was about 3800 and light rain throughout the run. Perfect level
Yes it gets run whenever chestatee is over 1500cfs...but shhhhhh.....
You can scrape down it if the chestatee gauge is at 600 cfs, but any lower than that and it is not worth it. It is best to run it above 750cfs on the chestatee gauge, the more water = the more fun, but beware of strainers. There are only 2 mandatory portages,( a big log jamn and a small low hanging bridge) and most people portage the falls as well.
I'd say minimum is around 1000cfs on the Chestatee gauge
As of 01/18/06, several trees down in and above the water in the first half mile below the put-in.
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8 years ago
by Jason Terry
Visual. Going to take a lot of rain, and expect it to run off quickly. (Working on getting a visual gauge installed at Turner's Corner.) Right now it is a pyramid rock below the bridge at the puttin.
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Jack Orr showing proper form
David Huyck laying treats
12 footer above cannon
Catching a Surf--High Water
Zach Fraysier -Cannon Falls
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