Experience The Etowah River–North Georgia’s Best Family Paddling!

Cutting a path across North Georgia, the 163-mile long Etowah River Water Trail provides a course through one of the state’s most historically significant and one of the nation’s most biologically diverse rivers. This website contains an interactive map of the entire trail as well as printable maps and guides that you can take on the river. Use these resources and other information on this website to explore the Etowah.

Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo Set for Sept. 17, 2017 at Eagle’s Beak Park

The Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo is now set for Sept. 17 on a 7-mile section of the river through Dawson and Forsyth counties, ending at Forsyth County’s new Eagle’s Beak Park.  Join dozens of other paddlers for this annual event to raise money to develop and promote the Etowah River Water Trail. The event includes a short paddle on the river with complimentary boat rentals, shuttle service, dinner, drinks, a raffle ticket to win a new recreational kayak from The Outside World in Dawsonville and a copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S RODEO!

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City of Canton Boat Launch Opens

The City of Canton in early 2015 opened its new Etowah River Park which features walking trails, passive recreation, restrooms and a new boat launch on the Etowah River. The launch provides a suitable take out for a 13-mile trip from East Cherokee Drive upstream and a short 2-mile trip to Boling Park downstream. Watch the video below to learn more about this new boat launch:

New Information Kiosks Installed!

Recently, new Etowah River Water Trail information kiosks were installed at the Etowah River Park in Dawson County and Kelly Bridge Road in Dawson County.

What’s Happening On the Etowah River Water Trail?

In 2017, new public access points were completed at Eagle’s Beak Park in Forsyth County and at Hardin Bridge in Bartow County. The Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders Group plans to install informational kiosks at these locations before year’s end.  Look for these improvements as you enjoy the Etowah River Water Trail. Please see our calendar of events to find a paddle trip to attend in 2017!



What Can I See on the Etowah River Water Trail?

Etowah JumpThis website provides an online gateway to adventures on the Etowah. With the exception of the upper reaches of the river (Hightower and Etowah Falls sections), the river is rated as a Class I river with faltwater interupted occasionally by small shoals and rapids and is suitable for novice paddlers. Scenery along the river ranges from wild (Headwaters, Dawson Forest and other sections) as it winds through national forests and state wildlife management areas to rural (Big Savannah, Reynolds Bend and other sections) and even urban (Rome). The river is home to more Native American fish weirs than are found on all other Georgia rivers combined and historic sites, including the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, dot its banks from Dawsonville to Rome. The river is also considered one of the most biologically diverse rivers of its size in the country, harboring 76 native fish species. The river passes through three state wildlife management areas (Dawson Forest, McGraw Ford and Allatoona), the Chattahoochee National Forest and numerous local parks.

Who is Building the Etowah River Water Trail?

The Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders Group, a coalition of non-profit organizations, private landowners, businesses and local governments are working to establish this public water trail. These stakeholders include:

Cumming-Forsyth CVBCoosa River Basin Initiative

Georgia River Network

Georgia Canoe Association

American Canoe Association Cartersville CVB

Mountain Stewards

Upper Etowah River Alliance

Bartow County

Cherokee CountyGreater Rome CVB

Dawson County

Forsyth CountyDawson County CVB

City of Cartersville

Cartersville-Bartow Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors BureauLumpkin County

Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Cherokee County Recreation & Parks 

Cartersville Parks & Recreation

National Parks Service

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Cherokee Recreation & ParksThe Outside World

Appalachian Outfitters

Euharlee Creek Outfitters


The Outside World

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Upcoming Events

  1. Fish Weir Paddle

    September 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Etowah River Clean Sweep

    September 16 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo

    September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feeling Lost? There's a Map for that!
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CLICK HERE to explore the entire 163 miles of the Etowah via an interactive map. Find launch sites, take outs, rapids, dams and points of interest and plan your next adventure.

Buy the Guide! We've Got You Covered
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This 163-page comprehensive guide to the entire length of the Etowah River features 159 color photos, 17 color maps of the river with detailed information about river access points, cultural and natural history, river obstacles and more...all printed on waterproof paper making it a true on-river guide. Copies signed by the author may be purchased here.

Support the Etowah River Water Trail. Join Today
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A project of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, in cooperation with other non-profit organizations, private landowners and local governments, the Etowah River Water Trail promotes stewardship and recreational use of the 163-mile long Etowah River. Donate Now!