End-of-Summer Water Adventures in Blue Ridge, GA

With the last days of summer just ahead, why sit around in the boring A/C when you can cool off on a water adventure in Blue Ridge? There are plenty of water-related activities to enjoy in and around town, whether you’re looking to chill out on Lake Blue Ridge or get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip.

The great news is, many Blue Ridge cabin rentals are only a short drive from the water adventures in this blog. That means you can have a full day of adventure and a quick trip back to your cabin, where you can rest up, recharge, and refocus your energy on having fun in the sun while it’s still warm!

Ocoee River – Adventure to the Max

If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to get your fix, it’s time to strap on your life jacket and get ready for a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. Flowing out of Lake Blue Ridge as the Toccoa River, the Ocoee portion of the river begins at the Tennessee border. It boasts class 3 and 4 rapids, though the latter is best suited for rafting vets. Many rafting trips include the Upper Ocoee and the heart-pounding Olympic kayaking course that was created for the 1996 Olympics. There’s also the Middle Ocoee, which also has class 3 and 4 rapids. If you’re feeling extra froggy, try tackling the Upper Ocoee and Middle Ocoee in one day. If you do, be sure to tag your friends (and GMCR) on social media to brag!

Pro Tip: Full rafting trips combining the Upper and Middle portions of the Ocoee are only available in the summer and are reserved for children older than 12. Be sure to specify which part of the river you’re interested in exploring before you head out.

Popular Whitewater Rafting Outfitters

  • A Rolling Thunder River Company – 1-800-408-7238
  • Ocoee Adventure Center – 1-888-723-8622
  • Wildwater Unlimited – 1-800-451-9972

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – The New Way to Paddle

If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to enjoy the day but still want to get some good exercise during your vacation, why not try Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

SUPing goes great with the cool, calm waters of Lake Blue Ridge, which is just minutes from many Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals. When you stand up paddle board, you can reach areas of the lake that aren’t accessible by motorized boats, giving explorers of all ages a chance to make new water discoveries.

Paddleboards can be rented at the Morganton Point Recreation Area and at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Pro Tip: Please your taste buds after a fun day on the lake and head over to the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located just a few feet from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Nothing says, “I’m enjoying summer while it lasts!” like a frosty adult beverage after spending time on the water!

Toccoa River Fun – Perfect Solo or with Friends

A much more popular option for families with young kids, the Toccoa River is famous for its laid-back vibe and crystal-clear waters. Popular water adventure activities include kayaking, tubing, canoeing, and trout fishing. If a more relaxed pace is what you need, the Toccoa River is a perfect choice. There are plenty of places to put in and beautiful scenery around every corner!

Pro Tip: If you’re bringing family and friends on your water adventure, be sure to pack the holy trinity of outdoor products: sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water to stay hydrated!

  • Popular Toccoa River Outfitters
  • Toccoa Valley Campground – 706-838-4317
  • A Rolling Thunder River Company – 1-800-408-7238
  • Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters – 706-838-0200