Kayaking in Calhoun

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Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters utilizes its location in the Aska Adventure Area to gift outdoor recreation fans with sweeping views during inimitable excursions. Navigate the two provided kayaks down the Toccoa River for the two- to three-hour unguided kayak expedition to encounter serene waters, as well as rainbow trout working on their ROYGBIV dissertations. The kayak rentals come with life jackets, paddles, and a shuttle ride from the Outfitters' Lilly Pad meeting location to the kayak-launching area.

24 Adelaide Drive
Blue Ridge,
GA
US

Established: 1980

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2 hours

Brands Used: Crescent and Emotion kayaks; Walker Bay 10 and Compac 16 for sail; Sunchaser 20 pontoon

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Lake Arrowhead - the mountain hideaway

Recommended Age Group: 25+

Q&A with Captain Rob, Owner

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

When I was in Vietnam with the US Army. For relaxation, special services provided sailboats for us to use. When I returned from overseas and started managing Sears stores, it was a great therapy to get out on the water.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Watching the faces of my customers change after a lesson or rental. They are so much more relaxed. It is like a mental massage for them. It is a great stress-buster to get out on the water.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

Being part of a class and enjoying in the team-building fun.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

My dad was a naval commander. I was born in the Oakland Naval Yard. I built my first boat when I was 8 years old. My wife and I both hold a 50 ton US Coast Guard Sailing Captains License. We have spent 150 days in a 25-foot sailboat circumnavigating Florida. I love the peace being on the water brings.

2015 Lake Arrowhead Dr
Waleska,
GA
US

White Water Learning Center of Georgia plunges people into raging rapids with its kayak, canoe, and paddle board classes and tours. Lessons teach paddlers how to navigate all classes of rapids in rivers and in the ocean. After learning how to explore local waterways, students can sign up for one of the learning center's excursions, or rent a canoe or kayak to take on a solo journey to the location where Atlantis' food court once stood.

620 Steel Bridge Road
Canton,
GA
US

The sweeping vistas, historic gorges, and unique wildlife of the Tennessee River Gorge Blueway are breathtaking any way you look at them, but the staff of River Canyon Adventures generally prefer a moving vantage point. Adventurers suit up and climb aboard kayaks and standup paddleboards to explore the river as it winds across the Blueway's 27,000 acres of undeveloped land, alone or with a tour guide full of knowledge on the local flora, fauna, and Flossie, the neighbor lady who just always seems to be around.

21726 River Canyon Rd.
Chattanooga,
TN
US

In 1975, four friends with hearts full of the great outdoors decided they needed a place to get gear indoors. This quest for adventuring equipment lead Bubba Sloan, Gerald Marshall, Denny Mays, and Ned Buxton to found High Country Outfitters as a gear shop for all manner of activities performed under the sun. These days, Bubba runs the retail side of things in Buckhead, while Gerald continues to captain daring cruises down the Ocoee River's relentless rapids. The store kits out customers for safe communing with nature with tools and togs from manufacturers including The North Face, Patagonia, and Big Green Egg, whose verdantly painted smoker grill creates hot meals in the midst of a long trip or particularly boring wait in the airport. Meanwhile, guides lead expeditionary parties along on waterborne trips down the Middle and Upper Ocoee’s burbling banks, recapturing the sun-dappled fun that inspired the store's creation in the first place.

430 U.S. 64
Ocoee,
TN
US

The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.

629 Welcome Valley Rd
Benton,
TN
US