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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:07

Paddle the Chattooga on guided trip

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This April, Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman will lead a guided overnight trip in hopes of introducing paddlers to the lower Chattooga River.

Headwaters will ltake up to 12 canoes down 11 miles of the river over two days, camping in a forested site roughly halfway down. Participants will paddle through a remote wilderness setting, running Class II rapids suitable even for novices.

The expedition coincides perfectly with the peak of the spring wildflower bloom, providing ample opportunity for identification and photography. Crested dwarf iris, wake robin trillium, Solomon’s seal, mayapple, bleeding heart and wild geranium may all be found along the Chattooga’s fertile banks this time of year.

The night will be spent in one of the many primitive campsites along the river. Participants will have to bring their own camping gear, including tents and sleeping bags. Headwaters will provide four meals, drinks and all paddling gear, including canoes and lifejackets. The price of the trip is $295 per person, and reservations are required.

In the event of high water, the trip will be postponed. All participants must be able to swim, be in good physical shape and should be comfortable canoeing a river such as the upper French Broad. 828.877.3106. Or, visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com and click on “special events.”

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