Kayak Georgia’s Shy Tallapoosa River for an Experience of Wooded Solitude

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A misty Tallapoosa River. Photo by Beth Young

Fortunately for those seeking wooded solitude, few Tallapoosa River paddlers frequent this shy river. Despite the periodic bridge crossings, the river offers seclusion and serene beauty. Rolling hills stretch in all directions, but dense streamside flora and high banks usually block the view. The current is moderate; infrequent small shoals and rocky bluffs add spice. The most enjoyable sections of this Tallapoosa River kayaking experience are located due west of Atlanta on the Alabama border in Haralson County.

Get an Overview of the Tallapoosa River Watershed

USGS and County Maps for Tallapoosa River Kayaking

Draketown, Rockmart South, Buchanan, Tallapoosa North, Tallapoosa South (USGS); Paulding, Haralson (County) Consult these USGS and County maps for details on Tallapoosa River paddling.

Kayak the Tallapoosa from Rockmart Road to Liner Road

This Tallapoosa River kayaking trip originates in Carroll County, cuts across a corner of Paulding County, and traverses the breadth of Haralson County to enter Alabama just west of the town of Tallapoosa. The winter rains and infrequent summer deluges give the Tallapoosa sufficient volume for boating as high as Paulding County, although the river’s width in this area is barely sufficient to turn a typical canoe. In addition to the shallow ledges and twisty boulder shoals, the primary navigation risks are deadfalls and strainers, intensified in the upper reaches, and the water intake rubble dam located upstream of the GA 100 bridge. See a Google map with the put-in point at Rockmart Road.

This Tallapoosa River kayaking guide is adapted from Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia by Suzanne Welander and Bob Sehlinger and published here in cooperation with Menasha Ridge Press. Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia covers thousands of miles of Georgia waterways from whitewater to wilderness swamps and everything in between. It’s an indispensable guide to anyone interested in paddling Georgia’s rivers and streams. Order directly from Menasha Ridge Press. See a comprehensive list of other Menasha outdoor publications indexed by title, author, category, and region.

About Author Suzanne Welander

Suzanne Welander began canoeing in 1999. Since then, she has completed hundreds of trips exploring Georgia’s diverse streams or eddy-hopping down the Ocoee in her whitewater canoe. She has a special passion for wilderness, stoked by multi-day self-supported canoe trips in remote parts of Alaska, Canada, Montana, and Arizona, in addition to canoe-camping getaways in wild corners of Georgia. Suzanne’s curiosity continually draws her to explore sections of rivers she has not yet paddled and to monitor the changes at those she revisits.  She’s also a half-decent whitewater canoe slalom racer. When she isn’t paddling or writing about rivers, Suzanne works for a North Georgia organic farm and plays saxophone in the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable. She lives in Atlanta with her husband who’s also an avid canoeist, their young son, and a small flock of chickens.

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