Where to Get Wet

Check out some of our favorite places to cool off

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than getting wet in a creek, river, lake or even a waterfall! If you’re looking for a place to cool off, consider a visit to one of these popular areas and attractions. You can stop by one of the Fannin County Visitors Centers for maps and directions, too.

Toccoa River & Aska Adventure Area

You’ll find several Toccoa River access points along the Aska Road area, including the Toccoa River Rapids, Shallowford Bridge and Sandy Bottoms. Further down Aska Road, you can enjoy a refreshing trip down the clear-flowing waters by renting a pink tube from the folks at Toccoa Valley Campground (toccoavalleycampground.com). Below the dam, go paddling on the Toccoa with Blue Ridge Moun­tain Kayaking (blueridgemountainkayaking.com), which offers guided tours and lessons.

Morganton Point Recreation Area

This is the perfect spot to spend a day swimming in the lake or playing on the beach. There are picnic tables throughout the area and a covered picnic pavilion. A boat ramp is located just beyond the beach and picnic area. Day use fee is $5 per vehicle, and campsites are available April-October. (cfaia.org)

Cooper Creek Recreation Area

Two creeks, Cooper Creek and nearby Mulky Creek, are available for anglers and waders, with both creeks offering wild and stocked trout. This area of beautiful, old-growth forest lies on the Fannin/Union border. (fs.usda.gov)

Deep Hole Recreation Area

There’s plenty to do here, off Hwy. 60 south of Morganton, including fishing, camping, picnicking and canoeing. Deep Hole is the start of the Toccoa River Canoe Trail, and has an excellent canoe launch area. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle, plus camping is available onsite. (fs.usda.gov)

Horseshoe Bend Park

This beautiful park is located in McCaysville and runs alongside the Toccoa River. Fly fisherman love this spot, as well as tubers and kayakers. You’ll find a playground for the kids and plenty of picnic tables. Come Thursday evenings for Pickin’ in the Park. (fannincountyrecdept.org)

Fall Branch Falls

This multi-level waterfall lies an easy .5-mile round-trip hike from the parking area off Stanley Creek Road. You can’t swim here, but you can enjoy the cool breeze coming off the falls! (lillypadvillage.com/fall-branch-falls)

Lake Blue Ridge

Ready to get out on the lake for a day of boating, skiing or just relaxing? Head over to Lake Blue Ridge Marina (lakeblueridgemarina.com) to inquire about renting a pontoon boat or a stand-up paddleboard for a fun day out.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

Site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events, this one-of-a-kind area just over the line in Tennessee combines information resources; waterplay for swimmers, kayakers and rafters; plus picnic areas and hiking and biking trails. (fs.fed.us)

Ocoee Whitewater Rafting

Ride the rapids with Raft One (raft1.com) or Ocoee Rafting (ocoeerafting.com) for an unforgettable day on the world-famous Ocoee River. Rafting on this dam-controlled river happens five days per week in June, July and August, and both outfitters offer a variety of safe trips.

Chattooga Whitewater Rafting

For an even more challenging adventure, take a 90-minute drive east of Blue Ridge to the Chattooga River. Known as the crown jewel of whitewater rafting in the Southeast, the Chattooga is one of only a few federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, meaning it is undammed and in its natural state. The river’s Class IV and V rapids were famously featured in the 1972 movie Deliverance, and today it remains one of the top destinations for thrill seekers.

Before heading over, contact the experienced folks at Southeastern Expeditions (southeasternexpeditions.com) to book your trip. Trips begin at $80, and you can rest assured their river guides are some of the best in the business.

Places Where You Can Get Wet This Summer