Nickajack Creek, like all fall-line streams, drops over punctuated drops and rock ledges. Unfortunately, the water quality is poor and the everpresent streamside sewer line occasionally overflows. In recent years, the increasing encroachment of metro Atlanta has paved much of the watershed. For boaters this has a remarkable benefit of producing floatable water levels immediately after big thunderstorms. Unlike Sweetwater Creek, this little stream does not crash through big formable waterfalls, but the rapids are entertaining. There are some problematic strainers.
I paddled this last week. About a 1.5 mile run with two pretty good class III rapids that can be hike and hucked multiple times because the hike is only about .5 miles. The only wood that was a problem, other than that in my pants, was a log around the corner after the covered bridge. Be careful because it is around a blind corner. We didn't see it until we were about 15' from it.
I hiked from the east west connector down to about a mile past the Concord Woolen Mill ruins. The run is somewhat continuous class II with two class III rapids. One of the class III's is directly under the silver comet trail bridge and the other is around the bend downstream of the covered bridge. It's all bedrock ledges and slides. The level was 338 cfs on the gauge and it looked to be a good medium low level. There were a few riverwide strainers. Probably three or four in the two miles or so that I hiked. On the topo it looks like it flattens out past the mill. I think the thing to do is to run down to the mill and hike back up.
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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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