Class I West Chickamauga Creek, GA/TN

Cloud Springs Road to Camp Jordan 1

Just south of Chattanooga is one of our best-kept flat water secrets: the West Fork of the Chickamauga. What Makes it GreatThe historic Lee and Gordon's Mill in the city of Chickamauga offers diverse paddling experiences ranging from a quick trip upstream and back, to downstream explorations that will require a shuttle. Upstream of the Mill's dam, the water is pooled and the current slight. Launch from the grassy area near the gazebo and go as far as you like, then paddle back down. The scenery is pleasant although there can be some noise from an industrial plant nearby. The water is deep and suitable for paddleboards. Downstream of the dam, where a designated launch awaits you, is the real treat. Depending on rainfall, the water can be swift in the area of the launch. If you're new to paddling, secure everything in a waterproof bag, just in case. The creek is surrounded by woods and often shaded. Just short of two miles in, you'll begin to pass Chickamauga National Military Park on your left. There is one "rapid" in this area which will vary with water levels; it's not likely to be dangerous but approach with caution. (Roots Rated)

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 5.0 Miles
Fishing No
Camping No
Permit No
Manager County, Catoosa County
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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