Moccasin Creek - W. Wildcat Rd to Lake Burton


Moccasin Creek, Georgia, US

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W. Wildcat Rd to Lake Burton

Usual Difficulty III-IV(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

Moccasin Creek


Moccasin Creek
Photo by W. Reeves

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TALLULAH RIVER NEAR CLAYTON, GA
usgs-02178400 500 - 5000 cfs III-IV(V+) 00h24m 106 cfs (too low)


River Description

There are really two different runs on Moccasin Creek. One option is to drive all the way to the end of W Wildcat Rd. and put in on the headwaters near a wildlife opening. The stream is open and shallow but surprisingly deep in spots. This option take lots of water and has some disadvantages including LOTS of trees and one huge waterfall that proably must be walked. There is a nice trail and campsite on the river right. The second and more realistic option is to carry up the Hemlock Falls trail for a mile or more. The trail degrades quickly after Hemlock Falls but there are plenty of difficult and large rapids in this section. Most boaters will probably take out at the WMA trailhead but you can boat all of the way down to Lake Burton. There is a small dam for the trout farm ten yards above the final road crossing. Please walk around the dam to keep the Park folks happy. Remember this is a popular trout fishing creek.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-12-21 10:16:18

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
4.0Hemlock Falls5.0Access Portage Hazard Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Hemlock Falls (Class 5.0, Mile 4.0)

Hemlock Falls

Hemlock Falls
Photo of Hemlock Falls by Will Reeves

A vertical waterfal with scetchy landing zones. If you carry up from the bottom this is almost at the one mile point.


User Comments

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September 13 2009 (3319 days ago)
x (1)
rapids: (from top) hemlock falls, ambrose alley, corner box, little hemlock falls, jungle boogie,
big snake, double dog and alien eyeball. enjoy!
September 12 2009 (3320 days ago)
x (1)
Hemlock Falls is dammed up from lots of fallen trees just below the actually falls. A few hundred
yards down stream is a nice falls/slide that can be ran but be careful of the undercut.


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