The following is a listing of some of the outfitters providing specialized equipment and/or guided expeditions in the Georgia mountains and beyond.
Bargain Barn. Sales of hunting, fishing, archery, camping, and backpacking equipment. 3343 Highway 53 East, Jasper, GA 30143. Phone (770) 735-3340.
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Sales of backpacking, camping, and climbing equipment, and rental of backpacking and camping equipment. Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 266-8372.
Call of the Wild. Sales of backpacking, camping, canoeing, and rock-climbing equipment, and rental of backpacking and camping equipment. 425 Market Place, Roswell, GA 30075. Phone (770) 992-5400.
Cartecay River Bicycle Shop. Great source of mountain biking information. Sales, rental, and repair of bicycles. Group rides. Located 3 miles east of Ellijay on GA 52. Rt. 5, Box 244B Ellijay, Georgia 30540. Phone (706) 635-BIKE.
Chattooga Whitewater Shop. Sales and rental of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting equipment. Instruction in canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Shuttle service on the Chattooga River. 14239 Long Creek Highway, Long Creek, SC 29658. Phone (864) 647-9083, fax (864) 647-4459.
Go With The Flow. Retail sales of canoes, kayaks, and sea kayaks; instruction, rentals, repairs. Provides information on water levels for area rivers. 4 Elizabeth Way, Roswell, GA 30075. Phone (770) 992-3200. 2597 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA 30606. Phone (706) 613-8600.
High Adventures provides whitewater rafting on the Ocoee and Hiawassee Rivers, sea kayak lake excursions, rope courses, adventure hikes for children, cabin rental, campground, volleyball, picnic pavilion, and catering. Call (800) 233-8594 for information and reservations.
High Country Outfitters, Inc. Sales of hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and paddling gear, rugged sportswear, plus books and maps. Rental of backpacking gear at location #1. Rock climbing clinics, backpacking clinics, and whitewater rafting. Location #1: 3906 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. Phone (404) 814-0999. Location #2: 440 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 1412 Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, GA. Phone (770) 391-9657. Location #3: Riverchase Galleria, 2000-147A, Birmingham, AL. Phone (205) 985-3215.
The Hometown Book Store. Sales of maps and books on southern Appalachia, official U.S. geological surveys, topography maps, guidebooks, and field guides. 114 North Park Street, PO Box 358, Dahlonega, GA 30535. Phone (706) 864-7225.
Mountain Crossing. Sales of camping and backpacking equipment. 9710 Gaines-ville Highway, Blairsville, GA 30512. Phone (706) 745-6095.
Mountain Crossing at Walasi-Yi Center. Sales of backpacking and camping gear, specializing in long-distance trips. Operation of seasonal hostel (Mar. 1May 31) on Appalachian Trail. Advice and information on local trails and campsites. Highway 129, Route 1, Box 1240, Blairsville, GA 30512. Phone (706) 745-6095.
Mountaintown Outdoor Expeditions. Sales and rental of canoeing, kayaking, camping, backpacking, and mountain biking equipment. PO Box 86, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone (706) 635-2524.
Mountain Ventures. Sales of camping, backpacking, rock climbing, caving and canoeing equipment, and rental of camping and backpacking equipment. 3040 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30079. Phone (404) 299-5254.
Nantahala Outdoor Center. Sales of paddling, bicycling, backpacking, rock climbing, and camping equipment, and rental of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting equipment. Instruction in canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing. Guided raft trips on the Chattooga, Nantahala, Ocoee, French Broad, and Nolichucky rivers. Adventure travel expeditions to many destinations within and outside the United States. 13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9114. Phone (704) 488-2175.
Outback Outfitters & Bikes. Sales of mountain bikes and accessories, backpacking and camping equipment and apparel. 1125 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Phone (404) 688-4878.
REI. A consumer cooperative offering sales of camping, backpacking, climbing, paddling, and cycling equipment. Comprehensive rental department. Two locations: 1800 NE Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329 (intersection of Clairmont Road and I-85). Phone (404) 633-6508. 1165 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346 (behind Perimeter Mall). Phone (770) 901-9200.
Rock Creek Outfitters. Sales of rock-climbing, camping, backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking equipment, and rental of backpacks and tents. 4825 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37443. Phone (615) 877-6256.
Southeastern Expeditions. Guided raft trips on the Chattooga and Ocoee rivers. 50 Executive Park South, Suite 5016, Atlanta, GA 30329. Phone (404) 782-4331 (Chattooga) or (615) 338-8073 (Ocoee).
Wilderness Southeast. Nonprofit outdoor school offering adventure trips throughout the Southeast and to the Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, GA 31410. Phone (912) 355-8008.
The Wildewood Outpost. Sales and rental of canoeing and rafting equipment. PO Box 999, Helen, GA 30545. Phone (706) 865-4692.
Wildwater Ltd. Outdoor Adventures. Guided raft trips on the Chattooga and Ocoee rivers. Long Creek, SC 29658. Phone (803) 647-9587.
Wolfcreek Wilderness. Nonprofit outdoor school offering leadership training and instruction in backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing. Route 1, Box 1190, Blairsville, GA 30512. Phone (706) 745-5553.
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