A dismal day in the city can be a beautiful day in the country. I went up towards Dawsonville and Dahlonega today to check out the proposed plan for the Etowah canoeing trip. I mainly wanted to see the at the take out and launch locations were safe and accessible and that they were easy to find with the coordinates I had come up with from Google Maps and around the web.
I went to the take out location first. Its along GA 9 about an hour and 10 minutes from Atlanta. It was nicer than I expected with a graded parking lot, some picnic tables, and even a port-a-john.
There’s a boat ramp for easy access. The water is high and fast moving because we’ve had rain the last two days.
Using my original coordinates put the put-in location somewhere inaccessible by road. That drives the gps crazy so I ended up getting lost on some great backroads having passed right over the bridge I was supposed to stop at.
The upside is I found some great motorcycling roads.
Backtracking I found the bridge which is also on GA 9. This is where we will put in.
There’s easy gravel road access and plenty of parking under the bridge. Even the Sloth would fit under there.
There is no boat ramp and the bank of the river is steep. This will be a challenge to get the gear down as its muddy and rocky.
Next I went to the Castleberry Bridge that divides our section of the Etowah in two. Downstream from this bridge is the tunnel. Upstream is where we’ll start from.
You can see some of the shoals and the bank here is solid rock. This part might be exciting when the water is lower.
Some more foothills scenery. From what I saw today it all adds up. We’ve picked good start and end points for the trip. Now to just do it.