Explore the Toccoa River by Canoe or Kayak

The Toccoa River begins life in Union County, Georgia. But most of the river flows from the southeastern corner of Fannin County northwest into Tennessee (where it becomes the Ocoee River). The Canoe Trail put-in is located at the Deep Hole Recreation Area near Suches, while the Sandy Bottoms Canoe Take-Out lies 13.8 miles downriver. Beyond the trail, paddlers can continue to follow the river a few more miles into Lake Blue Ridge. The Toccoa can then be navigated downstream after the Blue Ridge Dam all the way to the GA/TN state line.

The Canoe Trail is great for kayers and canoeists looking for a few rapids and some beautiful scenery. Tubers can relax on a hot summer day and let the river take them downstream. And fly fishermen float and wade the river in search of elusive rainbow trout.

Toccoa River Canoe Trail sections

Deep Hole to Rock Creek Road Bridge: 1.5 miles with good fishing
Rock Creek Road Bridge to Margret: 1.0 miles
Margret to Butt Bridge: 5.8 miles with rapids, campsites and a suspension bridge
Butt Bridge to Dial Bridge: 1.5 miles
Dial Bridge to Sandy Bottoms: 4 miles

Toccoa River Trail and Toccoa River Maps

Toccoa River Trail
Toccoa River & Lake Blue Ridge


The Deep Hole Recreation Area is a USFS campground located off GA Hwy. 60. Launch and parking costs $5 per vehicle. From the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Hwy. 515 and Hwy. 5 in Blue Ridge, follow Hwy. 515 east approx. 4.5 miles to GA Hwy. 60. Turn right on Hwy. 60 and go 0.5 mile to old US 76. Turn left and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy. 60 and go 14.7 miles to the entrance on the right.

To access the Sandy Bottoms Canoe Take Out: From the McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Hwy. 515 and Hwy. 5, follow Hwy. 515 east approx. 0.8 miles to Windy Ridge Rd. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to stop sign. Turn left on old US 76 and go 0.2 miles to Aska Road. Turn right and go 8.5 miles; turn left and cross Shallowford Bridge, then turn right on Shallowford Bridge Rd. Go 1.3 miles to Old Dial Rd. Turn right on Old Dial Rd. and go 0.6 miles to the take out on the right.

Toccoa River Canoe Trail

The river is accessible year-round at various locations both upstream and downstream from the dam.
US Forest Service: Blue Ridge Ranger District
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