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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed through the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for details; you will be given payment instructions after you sign up. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

Toccoa River Canoe Trail Paddle/Wilderness Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Morganton, GA   Water: Toccoa River Canoe Trail Paddle/Wilderness Camping  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 15 2017  9:00 am >> Sun, Jul 16 2017 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, May 1 2017 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 14 2017 12:00 am
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:$110.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:15
Number Registered So Far: 20 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This will be a fun and professionally guided overnight paddle trip down the nationally renown Toccoa River Canoe Trail. We will enjoy a lot of calm flowing water, as well as some Class 1 and Class 2 rapids. You are welcome to bring your own boat or you may rent one from our outfitter, Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters.  They have a wide variety of solo, tandem, sitting, or standing boat options available.  Whether you bring your own boat or rent theirs, the $110 fee is the same.  The camp site is completly primitive wilderness with no bathrooms or running water.  The guide will go to Swinging Bridge on Saturday morning and reserve spaces by setting up some tents.  The outfitter will also bring your backpack [65 liter size pack/30 lbs maximum limit, strictly enforced, I will have a pack scale with me if you have a question] for the camping portion down to the Swinging Bridge camp.  You can also bring a small, shoulder strapped, soft cooler for drinks that they will transport to camp.  This is a public area.  We cannot fully guarantee space.  Plan B:  In the unlikely event that they can't secure enough space at Swinging Bridge, we will camp a tad further downstream on private land that will be arranged by the outfitter.  When you register, then you need to call Andrew and tell him who you are with and reserve your boat.  His number is 706 633 0143.  We are blessed to have some wonderful muscians play live music by the river, so get ready for the return of supergroup BMW!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

8:45 AM - Meet at carpool at Busbee Park 'n Ride lot

9:00 AM - depart

10:00 AM - Arrive at Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters  

     -organize boats for those who are renting, load the truck

     -recieve PFD's, pack your river only stuff in their dry bags if you wish

     -get on shuttle and head to Deep Hole put-in to begin our float

Noon - arrive Deep Hole and head out.  We will stop on the river and eat lunch.

Late afternoon - arrive at The Swinging Bridge and camp for the night, this is a really neat spot on the river and a popular stop on the Benton MacKaye Trail system

Evening - have dinner, live music and merriment, issue backstage passes for the concert ; )

Sunday, July 16

9:00  Breakfast, Break camp, paddle out

Late Afternoon - arrive Sandy Bottoms, load out, shuttle back to outfitter for our cars

*Camp Helpers tip requested. The guys toting your bags down/up the trail and setting up our camp are many of the former Boy Scouts from Andrew's [our outfitter] Troupe. They volunteer to help and they camp with us. We like to collect about $300 for the four of them.  I will ask you for a $10-$20 tip beginning on that Sunday morning to give to them at the end.

Here are photos from last year.

Required Items to Bring:

-your own PFD if you are not using one of theirs

-clothing/foot wear for being on and off the water, no flip-flops while paddling

-sun screen and bug repellant

-tent, air matress, sleeping bag

-food and drinks:  2 lunches [eaten on the river], 1 dinner in camp, 1 breakfast in camp, snacks while on the water, cooking gear for camp

-your best shower singing voice for campfire songs : )

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

-small personal dry storage to keep in your boat for your phone, camera, wallet, etc.

-rain gear

-sweater or jacket

-musical instrument

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use this Google Maps link to cutomize your directions if you are meeting us at 11:00 AM at the outfitter, it sort of located here.  Google maps are inaccurate.  But, get you close to the outfitter location.  Look for a Dollar General Store.  The outfitter has a gate out front and a sign just down the road from Dollar General traveling away from Morganton.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


-You must pay by the deadline, June 24, 2017,  in order to stay on the list

-65 Liter pack size/30 LBS is your limit for guide boat storage of your items

-You must have a valid GA Fishing Licence with you if you intend to fish

-The outfitter can provide a sleeping pad upon request, but not sleeping bag

-Look at the item list and consider teaming up with one or two others for sharing tent, cook set, and food.  Feel free to contact me if you'd like to share cooking items.

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     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

     - Read the event description carefully for additional information, and contact the trip leader(s) with any questions.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$110.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-Two day boat rental and all accsessories [paddles, personal flotation devices] or you may bring your own

-Two days of professional/life guard certified river guide services

-Cold bottled water and soft drinks during the float

-Space to keep your own drinks cold in their cooler

-Dry bag storage on guide's boat.   You don't have to keep any of your items in your boat if you don't want.  Then, you can be nice and light for the paddle.

-Shuttle service to and from the put in/take out locations and the outfitter's location in Morganton, GA 

-Backpack transport service for your things needed for the overnight camp.  The size weight limit is a 65 liter size backpack and 30 LBS maximum weight.  You can also bring a small, shoulder strapped, soft cooler for drinks that they will transport to camp.

-Event cost does not include car pool fee that you will pay if you ride with someone.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Jul 14 2017.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Payment must be received by payment due date, June 24, 2017.   Any member who misses the deadline will be removed from the list. Please note, the outfitter runs trips rain or shine, but may cancel the trip due to severe inclement weather. If trip is cancelled by the outfitter, a full refund will be issued.  Also note, there is a group minimum requirement of 15 participants.  In the event we don't reach 15 participants by the payment deadline, the trip will be cancelled and you will be eligible for a full refund if you have already paid.


If you cancel on or before midnight June 24, 2017, you will receive a full refund less a $10 administrative fee.  There will be no refunds for cancellations after June 24, 2017 unless someone (approved by the trip leader) replaces you from the wait list and pays in full.