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Difficulty III-IV
Length 2.5 Miles
Gauge CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NEAR CORNELIA, GA
Flow Range 2500 - 15000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 7 hours ago 594 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/22/2006 1:31 pm

River Description


Gauge Description:
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.

RIVER DESCRIPTION
Mossy starts with about a mile of flatwater. The first rapid you come to is a small 4 foot tall riverwide ledge. Shortly after this is a small S-turn rapid with a variety of routes. This is followed by more flatwater. Then you come around a bend and see the mother of all horizon lines. Something not unlike being at the top of Oceana at Tallulah Gorge. This is the start of the slides.

At low flows the first group features about 4 slides. At high flows those first four turn into one real big Class 5 slide/rapid thing. There will be a pretty grist mill off to the right below the first group of slides. At normal flows run the first one on the right. There is a decent sized pool between the first and second slide. The second and third slides are bisected by an island. After the first slide, the cleaner lines are on the left, so, run the next three slides on the left. After that theres a good sized pool beside the old mill.

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.

Confluence Take-out:
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.

Rapid Descriptions

What rapids?

Class - II Mile - 0.7
The first slide on mossy. Its about 4 feet tall, and can be run anywhere. Its named after some skeptical comments a famous video boater made before he came around the corner and portaged the big slides.

Infinity

Class - II Mile - 0.9
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The river takes a hard left turn and makes a small drop. There are two midstream rocks you can weave around, and do some warm up eddy catching.

First Slide

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.1
A large slide. Most of the water goes down the right side. Usually scouted on the left. Easiest portage is on the right and requires paddling back upstream a bit.

Second Slide

Class - IV Mile - 1.15
Second Slide. At higher flows the first three slides turn into one very large long slide. At those levels you are likely to run down the right side the whole way.

Third Slide

Class - III+ Mile - 1.16
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The third slide is marked my a midstream island. The left side is steeper than the right.

Fourth Slide

Class - III+ Mile - 1.17
Theres an eddy between the third and fourth slide, but they are pretty much on top of each other. At higher flows this drops makes a huge hole.

The Ledge

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.4
At high flows this one is tricky. The hole on the right is really sticky, and below that is another 25 feet of sliding drop. At really high flows this drop can be snuck on the left - but that involves boating more on rock than water, then banging down the rest of the slide in the middle.

Over the bars aka The big slide

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.8
The biggest and steepest individual slide. Be careful at this one, there is a nasty piton rock at the bottom that wants to send short creek boats into the "over the bars" mode. In other words, you piton, then face plant.

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.

Big Snake

Class - III+ Mile - 2.39
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You'll come around a tight bend a see a rapid that is NOT a slide!?!?! This one features some twisting sliding turning routes. Start top right and work the multiple routes to the bottom. Last seen, the bottom right slot had a hidden death strainer that could not be seen from above. It was a log about 9 inchs thick that a boat would fit under, but not with a boater in the boat. Scary. Look before you leap.

Confederate Flag

Class - III+ Mile - 2.4
Named after the Rebel Flag Painted on the rock on the bottom left. Ride the ramp down to the strong wave/hole the top left. Either eddy beside it, or make the quick move back to the right.

The S-Turn Undercut

Class - III+ Mile - 2.5
The last rapid before the confluence with the Hooch. A tricky little rapid with some nastily placed rocks, and an undercut on river left. The move is to stay away from and out of the undercut. This one gets easier as the water gets higher.

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7 years ago

This article is a home run, pure and silmpe!!!

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Rick Bellows
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13 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

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.

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