The North Georgia Road Trip: Water, Water Everywhere

first_imgGuide to the North Georgia Road Trip Adventure:BRING: Water shoes, mountain bikeHIGHLIGHT: Getting thrown from the raft during Five FallsSOUVENIR:  Photos of getting thrown from the raft during Five FallsDay OneKick off the weekend with a bang by rafting Section IV of the Chattooga River, outside of Clayton, Ga. The Chattooga was the first Wild and Scenic River in the South, cutting a 40-mile gorge through some of the most rugged terrain in Georgia and South Carolina. Section IV offers a full day of class IV-V “drop and pool” whitewater. You’ll remember two things about rafting the Chattooga: Five Falls, where five different waterfalls are sandwiched within a quarter-mile long gorge, and the solitude. The forest service limits the number of rafts on the river and times the guided trips so you won’t see another rafting group.For dinner, grab a patio table at the Universal Joint in Clayton for a Steinbeck burger with pimento cheese, bacon, and jalapenos. Pitch a tent farther south on US 441 at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Time it right, and you can partake in one of the park’s Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes (July 21/22), which will take you across the 1,000-foot deep rock canyon (gastateparks.org).Day TwoTravel west for a milder water day at Lake Chatuge, a TVA reservoir on the Hiwassee River with 130 miles of shoreline split between North Carolina and Georgia. The lake spreads into the surrounding mountains in dozens of finger-like coves, making it the ideal scene for SUP exploration. If you have your own board, launch from the Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area, on the North Carolina side of the lake. If you’re boardless, book a trip with Southern Water Trails ($80 for 3 hours). Either way, as you are paddling, keep an eye out for some of Chatuge’s 100 different species of bass swimming beneath your board. Grab a site at Jackrabbit Mountain for $15 a night.Day ThreeContinue west, traveling 55 miles to Ellijay, where the class III Cartecay River offers seven miles of scenic whitewater. It’s an ideal river for kayakers still perfecting their river running skills, thanks to the drop and pool nature of the creek and straightforward class II-III drops and slides. Cartecay River Experience runs shuttles and offers guided instruction on the river. You’ve earned the Wild Hog and Beef Meat Loaf ($11) at The Farm Table inside the Tabor House (706-276-1861) in downtown Ellijay, where the menu is seasonal and sourced from North Georgia farms. Ellijay is apple country, so don’t leave without stopping by one of the local farms. Check out the massive Farm Market at Hillcrest Orchards, where you’ll find everything from bushels of apples fresh from the trees to homemade fried apple pies. Their cider slush is legendary.Or head north to Blue Ridge, where the 17-mile Aska Adventure Trail system stretches along the bank of Lake Blue Ridge, offering some of Georgia’s best mountain biking. Knock out the hardy 8-mile Green Mountain Trail, which will give you a broad view of the lake before dropping down to the shore and climbing back out again. You’ve earned the Shrimp and Grits ($21) at Harvest on Main, in downtown Blue Ridge, a farm to table restaurant where much of the food comes from the chef’s own farm. After dinner, stroll to Blue Ridge Brewery for a pint of Blue Ridge Blonde ($5).Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!last_img read more

March Madness 2019 bubble watch: Florida keeps at-large hopes alive; NC State misses big chance

first_imgGot the dub & if you missed it, we’ve got the highlights. #GoGators #SECTourney pic.twitter.com/YVXzZ70I3k— Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) March 14, 2019Meanwhile, NC State will be sweating for the rest of the week.The Wolfpack held a two-point lead over No. 2 Virginia at halftime. But, they failed to stay connected in the second half as the Cavaliers ran away for a 76-56 victory.The loss dropped NC State to 22-11 (9-9 ACC) this season but that record is deceiving as its resume is very thin.2⃣0⃣-point win and advancing to the #ACCTourney Semifinals 💪🔶⚔️🔷 pic.twitter.com/rvsKD2s9ZE— Virginia Men’s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 14, 2019The Wolfpack, who are 32nd in the NET Rankings, have very few quality wins and are just 3-10 in Quad 1 games, according to Warrennolan.net.Before the loss to Virginia, Sporting News projected NC State to receive an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament while CBS Sports had them out of the field.Other notable games— Villanova ended any hope Providence had at an at-large bid with a 73-62 win in the Big East quarterfinals.— Ohio State topped Indiana, 79-75, in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers’ bubble may have burst with the loss. — Xavier remains in the NCAA Tournament conversation. It topped Creighton, 63-61, at Madison Square Garden. The Musketeers have won seven of their last eight games. — TCU will also be waiting anxiously Sunday. It fell to No. 15 Kansas State on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.— Marquette cruised to an easy 86-54 win over St. John’s. The Red Storm hold a 21-12 record but don’t have the strongest resume and remain on the bubble. March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Indiana’s bubble-bursting loss to Ohio State Duke star Zion Williamson on ending college career after injury: ‘Thanks, but no thanks’center_img Florida kept its hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament alive while NC State missed a chance to secure a signature win Thursday.The Gators cruised to a 66-50 win over Arkansas in the second round of the SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Florida. The Gators are firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble, according to Sporting News, and were projected by CBS Sports to be the first team left out of the field entering the matchup with the Razorbacks.Florida almost certainly would not have heard its name called on Selection Sunday if it had fallen to Arkansas. Instead, it will face top-seeded LSU at 1 p.m. ET Friday. A win in that game could lock up an at-large bid for the Gators. Related News read more