Mini Paddle Georgia 2013 Map/Points of Interest
Mile 306--Devil’s Racecourse Shoals—This ¼-mile stretch of shoals and rapids is the gateway to the Palisades. After the I-285 Bridge keep right. At the first sight of shoals, move to river right (toward apartment complex). Here the main current of the river will carry you through a playful shoal with a moderate ledge. Once through this obstacle, work your way toward the middle of the river where rock shoals on either side force the river into a narrow channel. Paddle through and enjoy the ride. Once through, ferry to river left to maneuver through the final set of fast-moving water (avoid the slower moving water at river right—you’ll get stuck in shallows).
Mile 305--Thornton Shoals—Beyond the “Diving Rock” at Palisades, another set of shoals blocks the river forcing the main current far river right. Once through the initial shoals, ferry to far river left through a second set of gentle shoals. Shallow shoals are to river right.
Restroom Facilities and Points of Interest:
Mile 310 Johnson’s Ferry (put in)
Mile 308 Powers Ferry
Mile 305 Palisades
Mile 304 Paces Mill (take out)
Mile 306—Devil’s Racecourse Shoals—Supposedly boatmen during the 1800s blasted out some of the rock shoals here to create a more navigable river channel. The place got its name from these early travelers who considered getting through this obstacle “the devil.”
Mile 305—Palisades—Perhaps the most scenic spot on the Chattahoochee’s course through Georgia, the high granite cliffs of the Palisades are a result of the Brevard Fault, a geographic fault line that the Chattahoochee follows some 100 miles. An overhanging rock known as “Diving Rock” is a popular spot for taking a thrilling leap into the river. A short trail opposite the Diving Rock leads from a sandy beach to restrooms.
Mile 304—Indian Cave—With some searching, you can find this unique geological feature used by Native Americans as a shelter. Beach your boat on the left shore of the river anywhere between Palisades and Long Island. Just downriver from the Palisades’ cliffs, less than ¼-mile from the shore. An unmarked trail system leads along the river and back into the woods to the cave.
This stretch of river takes you through the crown jewel of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA)—the Palisades. During the early 1970s, protection of this spot in its natural state was the cause that rallied a small group of activists in the Atlanta area and ultimately led to the creation of the National Recreation Area. Spotting zoning notices along the river corridor, concerned citizens began investigating and found that both Fulton and Cobb counties had plans to run sewer lines along the river. Fulton County’s plan called for a ledge to be blasted out of the Palisades’ cliffs to accommodate the pipes. The River Rats, or Friends of the River as they were formally called, were successful in stopping the Fulton County line, preserving the Palisades as a state park and passing the 1973 Metropolitan River Protection Act. This state law established a 2,000 foot corridor on either side of the river in which development is allowed but restricted. During debates in US Congress over creation of the CRNRA, one Georgia congressman said the park would only provide refuge for “hooligans, drug users and nudists.” We suppose he was partly right. Today, the CRNRA attracts 3 million users each year. Keep your clothes on!!!!!!