Tag Archives: North Georgia Rivers Creeks & Lakes
This great view of Lake Russell (not to be confused with Richard B. Russell Lake on the Savannah River) can be seen just past the parking area for the Chenocetah Mountain Fire Tower. The man-made lake is a favorite recreation spot in Habersham County and is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest.
This is the headwaters area of the Ocmulgee River, below the confluence of the Yellow, South, and Alcovy Rivers and Tussahaw Creek at Lloyd Shoals Dam on Lake Jackson.
A public park owned by Georgia Power affords access to the river here, on the Jasper County side off Highway 16; if you cross the bridge (driving west) into Butts County you can access Lloyd Shoals Dam.
Tallulah Gorge is a nearly thousand-foot-deep canyon which follows the Tallulah River for two miles resulting in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Georgia. The spectacular site is accessed at Tallulah Gorge State Park and is a mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. I didn’t have much time when I was here, but even a visit of a couple of hours is one of the most rewarding trips in Georgia.
The first thing you’ll see if you plan on the strenuous descent to the Hurricane Falls suspension bridge, is L’Eau d’Or Falls, actually a series of several smaller falls. It’s a mere 350 feet below.
If you make it to the bridge, you’ll be rewarded with this spectacular view of the top of Hurricane Falls.
The Oconee River Greenway near downtown Milledgeville is a great place to enjoy nature.
This magnificent river is one of Georgia’s wildest and among the last free-flowing waterways in the state. This shot was made just below the Watson Mill Bridge, where it’s easily accessed. For more about this natural landmark, and to assist in efforts to protect it, please visit the Broad River Watershed Association.
Sprewell Bluff Park, operated by Upson County, is one of the most interesting natural areas in the Piedmont region, straddling the Fall Line and providing a mountain-like environment in west central Georgia. The Flint River here is quite different than at its southern extremes in Georgia, characterized by rocky shoals and sheer rock walls along its banks.
The protection of and accessibility to this natural wonder are a real credit to Upson County.
Parking at the site is $5 per vehicle, but it’s well worth it. Kayaking and rafting are popular pursuits here.