Visitor Guide

Paddle & Float Rome’s Rivers


Dawn to Dusk

For a river adventure, explore the biologically diverse rivers of the Etowah.  The river’s lazy waters are ideal for kayaking, canoeing, floating and paddle boarding.

Rome Paddle & Float Trip
For an easy six-mile paddle, about two-and-a-half hours, launch at the Dixon Landing public access point at Grizzard Park and take out at Heritage Park. The trip follows a portion of Georgia’s Etowah River trail which ends in Rome as it merges with the Oostanaula to form the Coosa. (Depending on wind and river speed, a float could take twice as long as a paddle trip.)

Launch & Return to the Same Place
To paddle upstream and return back to your launch point, access the Coosa in downtown Rome at the Heritage Park boat ramp, or 7 miles downstream at Lock and Dam Park, or still 22 miles further downstream at the Brushy Branch boat ramp (off of the main channel of the Coosa).

Equipment & Rentals

River Ratz provides kayak rentals, inner tube rentals and shuttles.

The Canoe House provides kayak sales, rentals and an in-house guide.
They also offer outdoor apparel and equipment.

Cave Spring Paddle & Float Trip
Located at the southwest corner of Floyd County, historic Cave Spring is where everything flows easy from the sweet spring water to the canoes on Big Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek Park in Cave Spring provides canoe and kayak rentals, shuttles, float trips and camping.

More Water Fun in Cave Spring
Visit Rolater Park and cool off with a dip in the renowned Rolater Lake, a 1.5 acre spring-fed lake shaped like the state of Georgia or just wade in the cool, clear waters of Little Cedar Creek.  Explore the state’s only family-friendly cave. Visible in the Cave is the town’s namesake spring that produces 2 million gallons a day of the purest, best-tasting water. Bring a jug to take some spring water home! More details.