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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
Toccoa River Canoe Trail

The Toccoa River Canoe trail starts at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the take-out at Sandy Bottoms. You'll enjoy views of forested public lands, pastoral private lands, laurel and rhododendron thickets, and their associated wildlife. Coupled with great fishing and some rapids make this a perfect canoe trip. This canoe trail is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy a less than vigorous float in a north Georgia Mountain River. This is the only designated canoe trail in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

Length: 13.8 miles
Use: Moderate
Rating: Easy
River Flow: 3-4 mph
Recommended Season: Anytime of the year. May - June are peak laurel/rhododendron bloom with usually good water flow. Open year round.

People enjoy floating the Toccoa River in tubes.

Use Restrictions: None other than generally accepted social behavior. CAUTION: FISHING, CAMPING AND ENTERING ONTO PRIVATE LAND IS ILLEGAL WITHOUT LANDOWNER PERMISSION, AS IS FISHING FROM THE RIVER IN A BOAT, TUBE, OR ANY OTHER FLOATING DEVICE WHERE BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER ARE PRIVATELY OWNED. CAMPING IN DESIGNATED SITES ONLY AT SANDY BOTTOMS TAKE-OUT. Recommended take out points are on U.S. Forest Service public lands.

Please read this detailed information about legal and social issues pertaining to the Toccoa River.

Forest Service Boundaries are marked and posted. This map is larger than most screens. It will open in a new window so you can adjust its size and scroll as needed..

The Deep Hole Canoe Launch

Directions to Deep Hole: Beginning in the town of Blue Ridge, GA, take Georgia Highway 515 east for approximately 4.5 miles to the first traffic light, which is Georgia Highway 60. Turn right on Georgia Highway 60 and go 0.5 miles to old U.S. 76. Turn left and continue south on Georgia Highway 60 for 14.8 miles to Deep Hole Recreation entrance, which will be on the right.


Canoeing on the Toccoa River

The Sandy Bottoms Canoe Take-out.

Directions to the Sandy Bottom Canoe Take-Out: From McDonald's restaurant at the intersection on Georgia Hwy. 515 and Georgia Hwy. 5 north in Blue Ridge, follow Georgia Hwy. 515 east approx. 0.8 miles to Windy Ridge Rd. Turn right at Windy Ridge Rd., go 0.2 miles to dead end with Old U.S. 76. Turn left, go 0.2 miles to Aska Road on right. Turn right, go south 8.5 miles on Aska Rd. Turn left, go across Shallowford Bridge, and turn right on Shallowford Bridge Rd. Go 1.3 miles to Old Dial Rd. Turn right on Old Dial Rd., go 0.6 miles to the Sandy Bottom Canoe Take Out on the right.

Travel Time: About one hour from the city of Blue Ridge to Deep Hole Recreation Area.

Road Conditions: Paved and/or gravel all weather roads suitable for sedans.

Information provided by the USDA Forest Service



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