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Get a Good Paddling on Lake Tugalo - With Some Hiking and Scrambling Thrown In - Updated!

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573   Multi-Sport: Get a Good Paddling on Lake Tugalo - With Some Hiking and Scrambling Thrown In - Updated!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 4 2015  9:00 am >> Sat, Apr 4 2015 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 23 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 3 2015 8:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
John Stirman
Thomas W.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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     Grab your kayak or canoe and join Thomas and me as we paddle and hike around the incredibly scenic Lake Tugalo on the GA/SC border.  The lake is surrounded by mountains and is formed by the Tallulah and Chattooga rivers.  

     As a special treat, this Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for one of the spring Whitewater releases for the Tallulah river.  Therefore Thomas and I have decided to amend our trip slightly (the total mileage will still be the same).  We plan on paddling from our launch site to the western arm of the lake where it is fed by the Tallulah river (originally we planned on heading to the eastern arm).  There we can watch the whitewater kayakers finishing up their class IV and V runs down the river. *We’ll be safely viewing this from the much calmer lake water – so no worries if you are only a smooth-water paddler.  After we are done watching them, we’ll paddle over to our lunch/snack area.  Later we’ll head over to the hidden falls for a (optional) scramble up the falls. From there it will be back to our launch site.

     Plan on nine miles of paddling with an additional 1 or 2 miles of hiking mixed in for good measure.  

     We'll meet at 9:00am just before the Jane Hurt Interpretive Center entrance on the right side of the road. Look for vehicles with kayaks and canoes. We will follow each other down Stone Place rd to the launch site.


Required Items to Bring:

Kayak or Canoe

Coast Guard Approved PFD


Whistle (S. Carolina State law)

Food and Beverage

Appropriate Clothing/Shoes for Paddling and Hiking

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of Clothes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the I-85/ I-285 "Spaghetti Jcn" Interchange in NE Atlanta take I-85 North to I-985.

Continue North on 985 as it changes to US- 23/441 (approximately 93 miles from downtown Atlanta and 65 miles from Spaghetti Junction).

After entering the City Limits of Tallulah Falls and crossing the bridge over the river, look for the sign leading to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center on the right (in Tallulah Gorge State Park).

No need to pay for parking as we will be meeting at 9 AM about a quarter mile before the Interpretive entrance on the right and then venturing together approximately 4 miles down a dirt road to the lake.

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573


Disclaimer: The road from the Interpretive Center to the boat ramp is a four mile dirt and gravel road and is rough in places.  It is identified as requiring 4 wheel drive.  However, I have not had issues using my front wheel drive Ford Escape.  Weather affects the road, and it is hard to say what the condition will be when we get there.  We can consolidate at the meeting area as much as possible.  Again, it is soft dirt and may be rough in spots; this is not a road for low clearance vehicles!


This is a weather permitting event


We will not paddle in inclement weather

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