Then there is the ledge slide. This one has about a 9 foot vertical drop into another big slide. This one forms a strong hole on the top right at high flows. After that there are still 4 more big slides before you get to the really big one, "Over the Bars". Water levels will dictate the lines on all of these. Scout what you can't see. After the big one, there are two more smaller slides and two class 3/4 boulder drops before you hit the confluence with the Chattahoochee. There are two undercuts on the left in the last series of drops.
From the confluence to the take-out is about 5 miles of flatwater. Generally not a problem because the Hooch will be flooding and moving at a very rapid pace.
At low flows Mossy is a relatively forgiving run. Class 3/4 until the holes start to get big. The biggest danger would be running a slide inverted (Ouch!!!).
At low flows the paddle out on the Hooch can take forever.
Mossy at high flows is no place for novices. The holes get big, the rapids are long and the pools get short. World class boaters have had bruising swims and have lost boats here.
Put-in: The put-in for Mossy is the bridge at New Bridge Road.
Take-out: The take-out is on Pea Ridge Road where Mud Creek confluences with the Chattahoochee. There is a parking area at the confluence, but 4 wheel drive may be required.
The short takeout: Take Newbridge Road from the put-in to Skitts mtn road. Take a left. Take a left on Skitts mtn drive. From intersection of Skitts Mountail Road and Skitts Mountain Drive (.2 miles south of hall/White County line), Homeplace Road is .6 miles east on Skitts Mountain Drive (past the intersection where Callus Mill Road goes left and Morrison Road goes right). Follow the dirt road down about a mile or two. It will sorta end in a cul-de-sac, but the road will continue on into an area Marked off by the Georgia DNR. At this point DNR has mostly blocked off the road on down to the mossy/hooch confluence. We left the truck here. From the confluence up to the truck was about a 10 or 15 minute carry. Using this take-out knocks about 15 miles off the shuttle each way, and about 5 miles of paddling off the hooch.
Scout from behind the large boulder, river right. There is a hidden 6 boat eddy behind the rock. You'll know this is the big one when you come around the corner and see tree tops way on past the horizon line. Easiest portage is on the right.
This article is a home run, pure and silmpe!!!
UPDATE RE. CONFLUENCE TAKE-OUT
The concrete pillar at the turn onto the dirt road has been updated with a new (and much more readable) name: Homeplace Road. Due to new construction in the area, it looks more than ever like a driveway but goes jsut about exactly one mile to the DNR cul-de-sac/parking area. Good news is that the road has been recently maintained: bad news is that appears to be due to anticipated new construction along the road. No Trespassing signs abound along the road.
From intersection of Skitts Mountail Road and Skitts Mountain Drive (.2 miles south of hall/White County line), Homeplace Road is .6 miles east on Skitts Mountain Drive (past the intersection where Callus Mill Road goes left and Morrison Road goes right).
If you want to walk down to Mossy Creek at the confluence, follow the road/path that is at about 11:00 o'clock when you enter the gravel cul-de-sac/parking area. The path up the hill that passes the DNR sign (which says permits are required)pretty much disappears over the top of the hill, well short of the creek.
Look for the ledges on the upstream side of the put-in to be well covered. If its looks like your boat would drag at all on the rocks at the put in, then there is not enough water.
If you see standing waves at the put-in, then Mossy is too high. Mossy is generally run when everything else is at flood. Look for the Chattooga to be 3 feet and rising, or the Upper Hooch to be 5 feet and going up.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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1st slide aka waterwheel
Below the Ledge
Why we call it Over the Bars
Mossy Creek Ledge
Boofing on Mossy Creek
Clay at The Ledge
Really bad tree
Shredding the Fouth Slide
Clean line on Over the Bars
Shredder on Mossy Creek
First Slide on Mossy
Second Slide on Mossy
Bottom of Over the Bars
Over the Bars
Last Rapid on Mossy
Mossy Creek 1st/2nd slide
Last Slide on Mossy
Mossy at The Ledge
Mossy - The Ledge
Mossy Creek, Second Big Slide
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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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